West Columbia

March 18, 2011

Film series

The "Marvelous Movies" film series continues with the romantic comedy "Platinum Blonde" at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 25, at Slayton House Theatre, 10400 Cross Fox Lane, Columbia. Film critic Mike Giuliano introduces the film and leads a short discussion afterward. Dessert and coffee will be offered. Admission is $7, $6 for seniors and students. The event is sponsored by the Wilde Lake Community Association. E-mail wlevents@columbiavillages.org for season brochure.

'Party Hearty'

Zumba event to benefit the American Heart Association will be held from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 7, at the Columbia Gym, 6151 Day Long Lane, Clarksville, in the River Hill Village Center. The event, which will feature live music and door prizes, will help create awareness and find a cure for heart disease. Admission is $16, free for Columbia Association members, but donations are suggested. Information: 410-381-5355.

Open-mike night

The Town Center Community Association will host an "Open Mike Night" teen event from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, April 15, at Oakland Manor, 5430 Vantage Point Road. Guests will enjoy six 15-minute performances by local teens. Pizza, sodas and dessert will be served during the first hour. Performances begin at 8 p.m. Cost is $5 per person. For tickets and information, call 410-730-4744 or e-mail tccaevents@gmail.com. Space is still available for performers.

Wine tasting

Town Center Community Association's first wine tasting takes place from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Friday, April 1, at Historic Oakland Manor, 5430 Vantage Point Road. Guests will experience six wines: white merlot, rose, chardonnay, sauvignon blanc, riesling and moscato. Music will be provided by guitarist Bruce Casteel. Cost is $12 per person. Tickets must be purchased in advance by calling 410-730-4744 or by e-mail, tccaevents@gmail.com.

Art exhibits

Painters and other members of the Artists Gallery will exhibit works matched with poetry in an exhibition titled "Poets and Painters" that runs through Friday, March 25, at Artists Gallery, American City Building, 10227 Wincopin Circle in Columbia. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays and 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturdays. Closed Sundays. Information: 410-740-8249 or go to artistsgallerycolumbia.com.

A two-person exhibit featuring the oil landscapes of Elaine Hochreiter and works in watercolors by Sarah McKnett will be on display through April 16 at Slayton House Gallery, 10400 Cross Fox Lane. A reception with refreshments and music will be held from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, March 20. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays. Closed Sundays. Information: 410-730-3987 or 301-596-4883.

Looking for artists

Slayton House Gallery, 10400 Cross Fox Lane, is accepting applications to exhibit at the gallery for the 2012 season. Applications are available at Slayton House or by e-mail to cjblack@columbiavillages.org. Information: 410-730-3987 or wlca@columbiavillages.org.

Around town

English conversation The central location of the Howard County Library, 10375 Little Patuxent Parkway, offers "Let's Get Together: English Conversation Club." It's a chance for those for whom English is a second language to practice speaking and understanding English in a group setting. The club meets at 9:30 a.m. Mondays and 7:30 p.m. Thursdays. Register with the library before your first meeting. Information: 410-313-7850.

Support meeting Spanish-speaking group for family members of an adult or teen with a mental illness meets from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Friday, March 25, at Wilde Lake Interfaith Center, 10431 Twin Rivers Road, Columbia. Free. Information: 410-772-9300.

Wii club Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks offers a Wii club for those 55 and older from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Tuesdays at the Bain Center, 5470 Ruth Keeton Way. The first game is free. Information: 410-313-7213.

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