Plant sale, Arbor Day fair set

April 20, 2008

The Harper's Choice Community Association will sponsor a plant sale and Arbor Day fair, in conjunction with the village elections Saturday, in front of the Safeway store in the village center.

Plants for sale will cost $3 to $13 (cash only). White pine seedlings will be given away. Demonstrations of seed-planting and paper-making are planned, and there will be an Arbor Day scavenger hunt.

Brad Higbee, the "Balloon Man," will be on hand to make balloon creations, and community groups will share information on gardening, habitat protection and other topics.

Elementary school plans spring fair

Longfellow Elementary School will hold its spring fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 3, rain or shine.

Those who attend will have a chance to have a picture taken with the Baltimore Ravens' mascot. Carnival games include a dunk tank and Velcro wall, and Dance Dance Revolution will be available.

Demonstrations, crafts, food and a bake sale are also planned. Admission is free.

The school is at 5470 Hesperus Drive. Information: 410-313-6879.

Student art show planned at HCC

The art department at Howard Community College will open its spring student exhibit with a reception from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday at the Rouse Company Foundation Gallery in the college's Horowitz Center, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway.

The exhibit includes work by two students selected from each class -- about 80 paintings, drawings, photographs, graphic designs, sculpture and ceramics, said Jim Adkins, director of Visual Arts at the college.

Gallery hours are from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. The show runs through May 15.

Information: 410-772-4512 or visit www.howardcc.edu.

Fashion show helps women's group

Brighton Collectibles and Kokopelli at The Mall in Columbia will sponsor a spring fashion show to benefit Success in Style from 8:45 a.m. to 10 a.m. Saturday.

Ten percent of purchases during the event will go to the nonprofit organization, which provides professional attire and coaching to disadvantaged women seeking to enter or re-enter the workplace.

Door prizes and a light brunch are planned.

The show will be held at the Brighton Collectibles store on the upper level, Nordstrom wing of the mall.

Reservations are required by Thursday. Information: 410-997-6700 or 410-997-9470.

Around town

Bain Center -- 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 opened its doors in the Harper's Choice Village Center in 1983 as the Florence Bain Senior Center. The center serves about 150 seniors each day. The ShowTime Singers, a mixed chorus that meets at the Ellicott City Senior Center, will perform at 2 p.m. Saturday. 410-313-7213.

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.

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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