Candidates' forum set for tomorrow

April 13, 2008

The Town Center Community Association will hold a candidates forum, when residents can ask questions and discuss issues of concern with candidates for the Town Center Village Board and the Columbia Council, at 7 p.m. tomorrow in the auditorium at Vantage House, 5400 Vantage Point Road.

Village elections will be held on April 26.

Information: 410-730-4744,

The Wilde Lake Community Association will hold a candidates forum for candidates for the Wilde Lake village board and Columbia Council at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow at Slayton House in the Wilde Lake Village Green.

New residents are invited to pick up a welcome packet and a gift.

Information: 410-730-3987.

Crime prevention seminar focuses on gangs

The Harper's Choice Community Association will sponsor a gang awareness and crime prevention seminar at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow at Kahler Hall. Representatives from the Howard County Police Department's Community Resource Office will speak.

There will be an opportunity to ask questions.

Information: 410-730-0770.

Fashion show on Saturday aids scholarship fund

The American Association of University Women will sponsor a Spring Fashion Show, with clothing provided by Lord & Taylor, at 1 p.m. Saturday at Vantage House. Doors open at 12:30 p.m.

Refreshments will be served and door prizes awarded. Donations of $15 are requested at the door. Proceeds will go toward a scholarship fund.

Information: 410-740-4276.

Bain Center offers seniors 12 days of programs

The Bain Center, 5470 Ruth Keeton Way, is celebrating 25 years of service to Howard County senior citizens with 12 days of events. The center, which opened its doors in the Harper's Choice Village Center in 1983 as the Florence Bain Senior Center, will offer guest speakers, a fireside chat, a book discussion, a meet the artist event entertainment, and an anniversary party with dancing and music by the Goldenaires.

The Monday morning SPRING Current Events group, a program of the Howard County Department of Citizen Services' Office on Aging, will sponsor a presentation by WAMU political correspondent Jessica Golloher, "Issues of the Day," from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. tomorrow.

"A Fireside Chat: The Dramas of Real Life" is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Tuesday.

An anniversary party, with music by the Goldenaires, will begin at 10 a.m. Wednesday; dancing is from 11 a.m. to noon, and lunch, from noon to 1 p.m.

Meet the Artist: Art Dolls, an exhibit of whimsical dolls created by a local group of mixed media artists, will be on display from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday.

The center serves about 150 seniors each day.

Information: 410-313-7213.

Around town

Bridal showcase -- Town Center Community Association will sponsor a Bridal Showcase at Historic Oakland from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. today. Vendors from the Baltimore-Washington area will be on hand to display their wares. Food, music, floral designs, photographs and bridal and formal wear will be on display. The cost to attend is $10 in advance; $15 at the door. 410-730-4801 or visit www.historic-oakland.com.

Mah-jongg -- Those ages 18 or older are invited to Slayton House in Wilde Lake Village Center for mah-jongg at 10 a.m. Wednesdays. Admission is free. Participants are invited to bring a game and attend with a friend. 410-730-3987.

Auditions -- Auditions will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday for the Slayton House Conservatory Camp's productions of Oklahoma! and Into the Woods. The camp session for Oklahoma! runs from June 23 through July 11; the Into the Woods camp session runs from July 14 through Aug. 1. Students in grades 8 to 12 who are interested in a summer theater experience should schedule an audition with Camp Administrator Kathy Verheul: 410-730-3987. Performances of Oklahoma! are scheduled for July 10, 11 and 12; of Into the Woods, for July 31, and Aug. 1 and 2.

Boosters' golf tournament -- Wilde Lake High School's PTSA Boosters will sponsor its first golf tournament April 28 at the Hobbit's Glen Golf Course. Breakfast, lunch, prizes and gifts will be provided. The costs are $125 for individual players, $450 for a foursome and $350-$4,000 for sponsorships. A sponsorship for nonplayers costs $100. Proceeds will be used for the after-prom party for graduating seniors, which provides a safe environment, free of alcohol and drugs, for students to continue celebrating after the dance. Reservations: Laura Nedlinger, 443-285-3846.

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