'Israel at 60' festival today

June 22, 2008

The Jewish Federation of Howard County will hold its annual festival, celebrating "Israel at 60," from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. today at Howard Community College, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia.

The festival, which includes two stages of live entertainment, children's activities, Judaica art and craft vendors, and kosher food (Israeli treats, wraps, ice cream and sodas) is set to open with a one-mile "Walk for Israel" at 9:30 a.m. The walk begins at Century Plaza in Columbia and ends at Howard Community College. A Teen Campaign banner, which will travel to Israel in November, will be available for visitors to sign.

Admission is $5 or $20 a family. Children to age 6 are admitted free. Sponsorship opportunities are available from $75 to $5,000.

The Jewish Student Union of Howard Community College is a co-sponsor.

Information or registration (and for a chance to win a trip to Israel): 410-730-4976, Ext. 102.

Sale to benefit Africa

Brighton Collectibles and Kokopelli at The Mall in Columbia will collect donations and sell products next month to benefit initiatives to help the poor in Africa.

Starting Friday, both stores will sell products to benefit Kazuri, a cottage industry in Nairobi, Kenya, that employs about 100 women to make hand-painted ceramic beads. The stores will sell jewelry containing these beads and others created by Brighton.

The stores will also sell bottles of water, wristbands and T-shirts to benefit Charity: Water, an organization that works to provide safe drinking water to communities in Africa, India and South America.

Information: www.kazuriamerica.com and www.charitywater.org.

Around Town

Theater camp : Slayton House Camp of the Arts is accepting registration for its musical theater camp for children who have completed full-day kindergarten and those in first through seventh grades. Available camp dates are July 7-25, and July 28 through Aug. 8. A limited number of scholarships may be available. Kathy Verheul, 410-730-3987.

Tips on college : The central library, 10375 Little Patuxent Parkway, will sponsor "College Bound: First-Year Experience," a program for youth ages 16 to 18, from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. tomorrow. A representative from Howard Community College will share tips on study, time management and social skills that may be helpful in the freshman year at college. Registration is required. 410-313-7850.

Senior Wii club : Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks will offer a Wii Club for ages 55 and older, at 10 a.m. Tuesdays at the Bain Center. Participants can improve hand-eye coordination and get some exercise while competing against their peers in the interactive video game. The first game is free. 410-313-7320.

Book, play, film : The Bain Center, 5470 Ruth Keeton Way, will present a re-enactment of the lives of two presidential couples who served during the "Roaring '20s" - Warren Harding and Calvin Coolidge and their wives - from 11 a.m. to noon Tuesday. The cost for the performance is $3. Registration is required.

*A book sale and book hour are planned from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday and staff members from the Central Library will suggest summer reading picks from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. 410-313-7213.

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