Social skills program for young children

December 28, 2008

Royal Keys will offer an innovative program to teach children of all ages important social skills at Slayton House in Columbia. The sessions will run Jan. 14 through March 4 at the following times: 11 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. Mondays for 3- to 5-year-olds; and 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesdays for 6- to 11-year-olds. Free classes will be offered Jan. 7.

The course will define etiquette, teach the "five magic words" and the "golden rule," explain phone etiquette and table manners, and unlock the key to being a good party host. Tuition is $110. Information or to register: 410-730-3987.

New Year's Eve party

"Columbia Cingles" will hold a New Year's Eve Singles Party from 10:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Greene Turtle of Columbia, 8872 McGaw Road. There is no cover charge and no RSVP needed. Bring your own refreshments. Information: Don, 410-290-5788 or dres@erols.

Civility concepts for kids

The Central Library, 10375 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia, will hold two 30-minute workshops at 1:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. Tuesday to explore civility concepts for ages 4 to 7 with stories, songs and a craft. Registration can be handled online or at the branch. Information: 410-313-7860 or hclibrary.org.

Book discussion

The American Association of University Women will meet at 11:30 a.m. Jan. 10 at Clyde's Restaurant in Columbia.

The group will discuss the book, We Are Our Mothers' Daughters, by Cokie Roberts. Current and prospective members are invited to attend. Information: jenniferingram@comcast.net or 410-740-4276.

around town

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.

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. :

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