Street names to be focus of talks, reading group

August 31, 2008

The Harper's Choice Community Association, the Columbia Archives and the Howard County Library will co-sponsor a four-part discussion series and reading group on the street names in Harper's Choice.

Missy Burge, Robin Emerich and Barbara Kellner, authors of the book, Oh, You Must Live in Columbia, will talk about the history of street names in Columbia at 7 p.m. Sept. 11 at Kahler Hall in Harper's Choice Village Center.

A discussion of the poetry of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow is planned for Oct. 16, and a discussion of J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit will be held Nov. 13. The series, called "Read the Streets," concludes with a discussion of the art of Winslow Homer and James Whistler on Dec. 11.

Admission is free, but registration for one or more of the sessions is requested.

Information or to register: 410-730-0770.

around town

Vendors sought : Town Center Community Association is seeking craft vendors for a juried 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. Patricia Loeber, 410-730-4744.

Wii club : Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks offers a Wii Club for ages 55 and older from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Tuesdays at the Bain Center, 5470 Ruth Keeton Way, Columbia. Bowl, fish or play tennis or baseball without leaving the building. The first game is free. 410-313-7320.

Mah-jongg : Players ages 18 and 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 take a game and attend with a friend. 410-730-3987.

Blood drive : Town Center Community Association will sponsor a Red Cross blood drive from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday in the ballroom of Historic Oakland, 5430 Vantage Point road. Information or to schedule an appointment: 800-GIVE-LIFE.

Save your car : In cooperation with the Howard County Police Department, Wilde Lake Community Association will offer a free vehicle identification etching service from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Sept. 10. Cars will have a unique vehicle identification number engraved on all major pieces of glass as a deterrent to theft and to assist in retrieving stolen vehicles. Participants can register in advance at Slayton House or just show up. Free steering-wheel locks and other items will be distributed while supplies last. 410-730-3987.

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