Oakland Mills events end today

June 29, 2008

The 40th birthday celebration of Oakland Mills, the second village to be established in Columbia, concludes today at the Other Barn in Oakland Mills Village Center.

The Oakland Mills farmers' market will be open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., and street musicians will provide background music. A free concert featuring jazz vocalist Lavenia Nesmith will be held at 5 p.m. The farmers' market is open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sundays, through November. Fruits, vegetables, baked goods, coffee beans and fresh-brewed coffee are available.

This year's new vendors are to include Great Harvest Bread Company of Long Reach and Hondo Coffee of Virginia. Bonaparte Bakery of Savage, Shaw Farms (organic produce grown in Columbia), Penn Farms, Homestead Farms, Musachio Farms, Lewis Orchard are again at the market.

Information: Sandy Cederbaum, village manager, 410-730-4610.

Vendors sought for Save the Earth

Applications are being accepted for vendors for a Save the Earth event at Lake Elkhorn Park, to be held from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 27.

The event, sponsored by the Columbia Association's Teen and Middle School Advisory committees, will feature entertainment, food, crafts, games and information.

For-profit and nonprofit organizations are welcome to apply to participate. Information: Carol Wasser, 410-715-5523.

Group to discuss book on Orioles

"Talkin' Baseball," a discussion group, will meet at 9 a.m. July 12 at the East Columbia branch library, 6600 Cradlerock Way.

Mark Millikin will discuss his book, The Glory of the 1966 Orioles and Baltimore.

Everyone is welcome.

Information: 410-740-1145.

Around Town

Classes, therapies : The East Columbia 50+ Center is offering appointments for reflexology - deep foot massage - 5:15 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. Mondays. The cost is $45 for an hour treatment. Appointments are also available between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. Fridays.

*"Harmonize Exercise Class" meets 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Mondays and Wednesdays. O.H. Laster, a personal fitness trainer, teaches "Stamina, Strength, Stretch and Synergy." The cost is $24 a month; no drop-ins.

*Pilates class, to improve strength, flexibility and coordination while reducing stress, meets noon to 1 p.m. Thursdays. The cost is $42 for seven weeks. 410-313-7680.

*Advanced bridge is offered from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays, and pinochle is offered at noon Fridays. Free. Drop-in players are welcome. 410-313-7680.

Children's programs : Classes for preschool-age children at the East Columbia library are designed to teach creative expression, social skills, listening comprehension and the foundations of reading through letter and number recognition, and to build vocabulary.

*"Story Bug Parade," for ages 2 and 3 with an adult will be offered at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. Mondays, July 7-28. Tickets are available at the Children's Desk 30 minutes before the class.

*Classes for kindergartners through fifth-graders are intended to develop cognitive and social skills. "Brown Bag and Books for Boys," a chance for boys ages 9 to 11 to read and talk about books, will be offered at 12:30 p.m. Tuesdays, this week through July 22. Registration is required.

*"Eric Carle's Bugs" teaches lessons about insects using the Carle's classic children's books. The class, for ages 4 to 6, is offered at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. Wednesdays. Registration, which begins Wednesday, must be done for each class.

*"Why Mosquitoes Buzz: Bugs in Folklore and Legend," for ages 6 to 9, includes classic stories about insects and a craft activity. The class will be held at 1:30 p.m. July 10. Registration begins Thursday. 410-313-7700.

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