Sara Beck to perform at One World

August 17, 2008

Former Howard County resident Sara Beck will perform at 7 p.m. Saturday at One World Coffeehouse at Owen Brown Interfaith Center, 7246 Cradlerock Way. Beck now lives in Nashville.

She will perform a blend of classic folk, old country, bluegrass and acoustic rock and roll with the Maryland-based Waterson.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $12; $6 for students. The One World Coffeehouse is sponsored by the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Columbia.

Information: 410-381-0097.

Mystery writer Seitz due at book signing

Mystery writer Stephen Seitz will speak about and sign copies of his novel, Sherlock Holmes and the Plague of Dracula, at 2 p.m. today at Borders Book & Music at Columbia Crossing.

"If Arthur Conan Doyle had written Dracula, this might have been the book he would have written," Seitz said.

Seitz is in the area to participate in "A Scintillation of Scions," a conference sponsored by Watson's Tin Box, an Ellicott City society of Sherlock Holmes aficionados.

Information: 410-290-0062, or


Graduates : Navy Ensign Jessica N. Rosa, a 2004 graduate of Hammond High School, recently graduated from the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis and was commissioned as an officer in the U.S. Navy. She is the daughter of Debra A. Rosa-Ramirez of Columbia and Jose L. Rosa-Ramirez of Severn.

Around Town

Help needed : A-OK (Assist Our Kids) Mentoring/Tutoring Program is recruiting volunteers to work with Howard County elementary and middle schools. Volunteers are needed during school hours and after school until 6 p.m. Volunteers should be interested in children and should be able to dedicate an hour per week for a school year. Volunteers are needed to help at Phelps Luck Elementary, Oakland Mills Middle and Longfellow Elementary schools. Information or to learn about the next orientation and training: Chaya Kaplan, 410-730-6030 or Joe Willmott, 410-730-0229.

Vendors sought : The Oakland Mills Community Association is seeking vendors for its Cultural Arts Festival, scheduled from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 4 at Oakland Mills Village Center. The event will include entertainment, food, children's activities and a display of antique cars. To request an application: Susan Azoulay, 410-730-4610.

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

* Free Nutritional Counseling with Rona Martiyan, nutritionist for the Howard County Office on Aging, will be offered from 10 a.m. to noon today. Appointments are required.

* "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 $21 a month; no drop-ins.

* Advanced bridge is offered from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays, and pinochle and bridge are offered at noon Fridays. Free.

* Pilates class meets noon to 1 p.m. Thursdays. The cost is $36 for six weeks, beginning this week.

* Dale Harris, a certified massage therapist, will offer massage appointments between 9 a.m. and 2:45 p.m. Fridays. The cost is $50 an hour; $30 for a half-hour.

Information: 410-313-7680.

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