Columbia briefs

  • Town Center Community Association’s first wine tasting takes place from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. April 1 at Historic Oakland Manor, 5430 Vantage Point Road.
Town Center Community Association’s first wine tasting… (Myung J. Chun, Los Angeles…)
April 01, 2011

Art exhibit

"Trees and Flowers," a display of oil paintings by Marian Gliese will be on view through April 29 at Artists' Gallery, American City Building, 10227 Wincopin Circle in Columbia. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturdays, closed Sundays. Information: 410-740-8249 or go to

Art exhibition

The Columbia Art Center Galleries and Howard County Tourism & Promotion's Blossoms of Hope presents "Blossoms for Claudia," a juried theme exhibition, April 14 through May 1 at 6100 Foreland Garth. The exhibition features more than 65 artists whose works are inspired by, reflect, or incorporate the theme of blossoms. Show's goal is to raise awareness about the Claudia Mayer Cancer Resource Center, which provides resources to people diagnosed with cancer. Exhibition features paintings, photographs, glass works, jewelry, fiber, ceramics, mixed media and wood. A reception and awards ceremony will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. April 15. For gallery hours and information, call 410-730-0075 or go to

Ballet performance

The Misako Ballet Company presents a studio concert for families with children at 1 p.m. April 16 at 5485 Harper's Farm Road, Suite 203. The performance will feature Japanese and contemporary dances. Information: 410-884-9690 or go to

'From Russia to Tin Pan Alley'

Bill Messenger performs from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. April 14 at the Columbia Jewish Congregation, Oakland Mills Interfaith Center, 5885 Robert Oliver Place. Admission $10, $5 for students ages 12-18. For reservations and information, call 410-730-6044.

Columbia tour

The Columbia Association hosts a Columbia Orientation Tour from 10 a.m. to noon April 28, to introduce residents to association offerings, educate about Columbia landmarks and encourage community involvement. Advance registration is required and space is limited. 410-715-3171.

School news

Gifted and Talented testing will be held from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. May 7 at the Faulkner Ridge Center, 10598 Marble Faun Court. Testing is for nonpublic school students, grades 5-7, who plan to enter Howard County middle schools in August. Registration materials can be obtained from middle school guidance offices, or parents can call the Gifted and Talented Office at 410-313-6800. Registration deadline is April 29.

'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 email

'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 email 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.

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