Columbia briefs

March 25, 2011

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 taste 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,

'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.

Yard sale

Relay For Life of Howard County holds a yard sale from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 9, in the parking lot of the East Columbia Library, 6600 Cradlerock Way. The public is welcome to sell. Cost is $10 for space, and sellers must donate at least 50 percent of proceeds to Relay For Life. Setup begins at 7 a.m. Sellers must provide their own tables. Relay For Life celebrates cancer survivorship and raises money for the American Cancer Society. Information: 410-916-2925 or e-mail

'Talkin' Baseball'

Jane Leavy will discuss her book "The Last Boy: Mickey Mantle and the End of America's Childhood" at 9 a.m. Saturday, April 9, at Brighton Gardens Assisted Living, 7110 Minstrel Way, Columbia. Free. 410-740-1145.

Music series

The New Pacific Trio, featuring violinist Ann Miller, performs at the Sundays at Three Chamber Music Series on April 10 at Christ Episcopal Church, 6800 Oakland Mills Road in Columbia. Program includes trios for violin, cello and piano by Joseph Haydn, Charles Ives, Johannes Brahms and Astor Piazzolla. Tickets are $15, free for those 17 and younger with an adult. Information: 410-992-0145 or go to

'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 Space is still available for performers.

Art exhibits

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. 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 Information: 410-730-3987 or

Singles social group

The Phoenix Cultural Singles Group, a Columbia social group for those 50 and older, meets from 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. Sundays at the Oakland Mills Interfaith Center, 5885 Robert Oliver Place in the Oakland Mills Village Center. Coffee, tea and a light snack are served. The group plans events and trips. Information: 410-997-0739.

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.

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.

Single Again Changing Focus Single Again, a nonprofit program for adults who are separated, widowed or in the process of divorce, provides weekly presentations and small-group discussions in a confidential, comfortable atmosphere. The group meets at 7 p.m. Mondays at First Presbyterian Church, 9325 Presbyterian Circle. An orientation for new members is offered at 6:30 p.m. Information:

Chair yoga The East Columbia 50 Plus Center at the East Columbia branch of the Howard County Library, 6600 Cradlerock Way, will offer chair yoga, an easy introduction to yoga that helps ease the pain of arthritis, reduce fatigue and improve circulation and breathing, at 10 a.m. Tuesdays. Cost is $25 per month. Reservations: 410-313-7680.

Also at the 50 Plus Center:

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