'Couple Connection' helps overcome failure to communicate WEST COLUMBIA


All of us know someone -- a friend, a family member, a co-worker -- who is a victim of a broken relationship.

If you have been a confidant to those individuals, you most likely have heard the words, "We just couldn't communicate."

Awareness of communication problems is the first step toward correcting it.

The second step might be "The Couple Connection" workshop offered by Howard County General Hospital on Saturday, Oct. 9 and 16, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

This two-day workshop, which will be taught by Kate McNally, a state board-certified counselor, is designed for couples who may be having problems communicating, as well as for couples who wish to improve their ability to communicate.

Discussion will cover ways to improve communication through awareness, learning how to listen and when to talk, trouble-shooting breakdowns in communication and the skills necessary to resolve conflicts. The cost of the workshop is $80 a couple.

To register, or for more information, call 740-7600.


Congratulations to Wilde Lake High School seniors, Margot Buff, Aric Shafran, Shirin Sinnar and Neil Zuckerman. They are among the academic finalists selected from more than 2,700 student applicants in the Maryland Distinguished Scholar program.

Scott Jefferson (instrumental music), and Brenda Shafer (dance), are also finalists in the talent category.

The program offers more than 400 scholarships of $3,000 a year to graduating high school students who will attend colleges within the state of Maryland.

And, congratulations to Wilde Lake seniors, Njeri Colbert and Stephanie Sharps. They have been named semi-finalists in the 1994 National Achievement Scholarship Program for black students, sponsored by the National Merit Scholarship Corp.

They are now eligible to compete for one of the 800 available scholarships, worth more than $3 million, which will be awarded early next spring.


This Saturday is the date of the annual "50-Family Yard Sale" sponsored by the Wilde Lake Co-operative Nursery School, Columbia's oldest co-op nursery. The hours are from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the school in Faulkner Ridge Neighborhood Center.

"There will be lots and lots of baby and young children's clothing, toys, and miscellaneous household items available," says Marthe Wright, the nursery's fund-raising chairwoman. "We'll also have a large selection of bake goods for sale."

I= In case of bad weather, the rain date is Sunday, Oct. 10.


As we grow older, our reflexes begin slowing down. This is especially noticeable when driving an automobile or truck.

Our ability to react to stimuli, like road hazards, begins to deteriorate as we approach middle age. By the time we are 50, our reflexes have slowed considerably.

With this in mind, it is essential for our safety, and the safety of others, that we learn how to adjust to the changes caused by an aging body and mind.

A "Driver Improvement Course for Older Drivers" will be offered by Howard County General Hospital on Thursday, Oct. 7 and 14, from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

This is a mature driver's course designed by the American Association of Retired Persons as part of its "55 Alive" program to help make senior citizens safer and more courteous drivers.

The course addresses physical and mental changes, safety precautions, local driving problems and reviews rules of the road.

The course will be taught by AARP instructor Dave Ellis. Participants must be age 50 or older. Certificates of completion will be awarded. The course fee is $8.

For additional information, or to register, call 740-7600.


"Marvelous Movies & More" is the continuing series of classic movies being presented at Slayton House, in Wilde Lake Village Green.

Showcased are movies deserving to be seen by a broader audience, but not widely available on videotape or television.

Each film is followed by an audience discussion led by film historian David Pierce and a dessert buffet with coffee and tea.

Admission for all regular shows is $4.

Advance reservations may be made by calling 730-3987.

A brochure detailing the movies to be shown is available at Slayton House.

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