'Catch the Reading Bug' for children

July 20, 2008

The Central Library, 10375 Little Patuxent Parkway, will offer classes for children in kindergarten through fifth grade.

"Buggy About Sign Language," a chance for all ages to explore the insect world through American Sign Language, will be at 1:30 p.m. Aug. 1. Storyteller and signer Kathy MacMillan will lead the 60-minute class. Registration begins Friday.

"Dinosaur Bugs," a chance for ages 6-10 to make their own dinosaur, will be offered at 1:30 p.m. Aug. 5. Registration begins July 29.

"Bug juice and Chocolate-covered Spiders," a program for ages 6 and older on facts, stories and recipes involving insects, will be at 1:30 p.m. Aug. 6. Participants can make a treat with gummy bugs. Registration begins July 30.

The library's theme for the Collaborative Summer Library Program, a national effort in which Howard County is participating, is "Catch the Reading Bug."

Information: 410-313-7860.

Vendors sought for annual craft fair

Town Center Community Association is seeking craft vendors for a juried annual Holiday Craft Fair, to be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 22 at Historic Oakland, the 19th-century restored building at 5430 Vantage Point Road.

Information: Patricia Loeber, 410-730-4744.

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 28 through Aug. 8. A limited number of scholarships may be available. Kathy Verheul, 410-730-3987.

Play groups : The Town Center Community Association is accepting registration for the summer session of Parents & Tots Play Groups. The session began last week but registration is still open for the Tuesday group for ages 6 months to 4 years old. The groups are limited to 15 children each and meet weekly at Historic Oakland, 5430 Vantage Point Road. The cost is $20 for Columbia residents; $22 for nonresidents. Siblings can enroll for half price. 410-730-4744.

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 exercises while competing against their peers in the interactive video game. The first game is free. 410-313-7320.

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.

For preschoolers : Classes for preschoolers at the Central Library are designed to teach creative expression and social skills, increase comprehension and lay the foundation for reading through letter and number recognition, and build vocabulary. What's in My Art Box?" a class for ages 3-5 with an adult, will be offered at 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. Wednesday (the focus will be on the concept of color) and 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. Aug. 6, when the theme will be "Texture." Registration is required.

Dances : The Bain Center Council is presenting a series of dances from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. on selected Fridays at the Bain Center, 5470 Ruth Keeton Way. Ray Mercer will play for the Aug. 8 dance. Dances are also planned for Sept. 12, Oct. 10, Nov. 14 and Dec. 12. Admission is $5. This week's event and the November dance are "Dance for a Donation." 410-313-7213.

Global warming : The Bain Center, 5470 Ruth Keeton Way, will offer a Tuesday Cafe on the topic, "Where's the Ice?" at 11 a.m. Aug. 12. Discussion, led by a natural resource specialist from the Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks, will focus on the plight of polar bears, and choices that can make a difference in global warming.

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