Concocting celestial cakes is craftswoman's specialty WEST COLUMBIA


Would you like to learn how to bake a fancy cake for that special occasion? How about making scratch cookies like your mom used to make? Or delicious homemade pies just like Grandma's?

If the answer is yes to any or all of the above, you'll be happy to know about the Baking From Scratch lessons offered by Running Brook resident Celeste Slater.

For years, she's been baking her homemade delicacies for weddings, birthdays, anniversaries and other special occasions.

I was the recipient of one of her scratch cakes for my last birthday, and have been lucky enough to sample some of her other creations.

Ms. Slater has now begun teaching her baking techniques in her home. Both group and private lessons are available at $60 per person. If interested in lessons, or for additional information, you may call her at 964-2744.


In mid-August a truck-full of camera and lighting equipment and a van carrying a crew of technicians pulled up in front of 5109 Watchwood Road in Hobbit's Glen.

The crew and actors turned the elegant 4400-square-foot Sterling model home, built by Ellicott City builders Douglas Homes, into a location studio where they began shooting the first of two locally filmed television commercials for Giant Food.

According to Raimondi Films spokesman, Jered Travor, dozens of homes were scouted by staff members of a Washington-based film company as possible sites for the in-home commercial shoot. It was the close proximity to the two Apples For Students shoot locations -- the Giant Food store in Atholton and Pointer's Run Elementary School near Clarksville -- which ultimately drew them to Hobbit's Glen in search of a suitable site.

Carol Hobelmann, sales and marketing director for Douglas Homes, said she was "surprised," when notified that Giant Food wanted to use the model home.

"Of course, we were thrilled by their choice," she said.

In the Apples For Students commercial (touting the company's donations of computers to area schools) shot in the Atholton Giant and at Pointer's Run Elementary, a number of local residents, including Pointer's Run student Emily Hilton, made prominent appearances.


Halloween is coming, and so is the Wilde Lake Community Association's annual Spooky Halloween Party. This year, the event for kids ages 3 to 9 will be held from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Oct. 30. The registration fee is $3.

Activities director Sharon Lea says the children will participate in a costume parade, enjoy a performance by John Taylor's Kinder Twins, have their pictures taken in the giant pumpkin patch, plus receive a free pumpkin and treats.

The party is limited to 50 children, and early registration is suggested.

For additional information, you can call Sharon Lea at 730-3987, or stop by Slayton House to register.

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