Community liaison joins Harper's Choice center staff


Village residents will see a new face when they visit Kahler Hall, in Harper's Choice Village Center. Cyndie Cota has joined the staff in the newly created position of community liaison.

Cyndie is a California native and a graduate of Tufts University in Boston. She and her husband moved to Columbia just over a year ago.

She will coordinate events, seminars, parties, outreach projects, and, as her job title states, serve as a liaison between the community and Kahler Hall management.

She may be reached at 730-3888.


From today through Nov. 29, the Slayton House Gallery, in Wilde Lake Village Green, will be exhibiting the works of the Janet Schmieder Studio Workshop.

"This will be an outstanding exhibit," says gallery director Bernice Kish.

"Janet's work is well-known to many people in Columbia," Ms. Kish said. "She was among the first local artists to exhibit her work at the Columbia City Fair, back when it was still a small, community event."

Ms. Schmieder's workshop has been both the starting point and home for many serious, but nonprofessional artists. Many members of this unique artists group have worked together since the workshop was founded in 1965.

Ms. Schmieder's ability to teach is evident in the excellence of the paintings displayed by workshop members.

A public reception will be held on Sunday, Nov. 7, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

For more information and gallery hours, call 730-3987.


Rain or shine, this weekend gives everyone another chance to do some early holiday shopping.

You can browse for the unusual, or maybe purchase that unique gift you've been searching for at the big indoor Craft Show and Flea Market on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Atholton High School.

The fund-raising event is sponsored by the Atholton High School Poms.

Alycia Carlson, who is helping to coordinate the show, says there will be 40 to 50 displays at the show, including crafts and flea market vendors.

"The emphasis will be on holiday crafts," Ms. Carlson says. "But, there will also be lots of other items available."


"Where Does the Time Go? -- Finding Time for Recreation" is the title of a free program sponsored by Howard County General Hospital, which addresses our individual needs for recreational outlets.

It will be held tomorrow from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the Health Education Center.

The program will help participants evaluate how they currently spend their time, how to find free time and how to make that time suit your recreational needs.

You can start by finding the time to come. Registration is required.

For more information, call 740-7600.


I received a call from Bob Goglia, chairman of the Atholton High School Boosters. He wanted to personally thank everyone who came to its spaghetti dinner fund-raiser on Oct. 8.

"It was a resounding success," Mr. Goglia says. "Over 380 people attended. At times we had a pretty long line to get in, but people were patient and we appreciated that. Problems were minimal and everyone left full."

How much spaghetti can 380-plus people eat?

"We served just over 100 pounds of spaghetti noodles," Mr. Goglia says. "And, 35 gallons of sauce."

He says head cook Kathy Burford and the other volunteers who worked tirelessly throughout the evening did an extraordinary job of keeping up with what was, at times, an overflow crowd.

The proceeds will benefit various school athletic programs.


This Sunday is Halloween, and out there roaming the streets of our neighborhoods with the real ghosts and goblins will be lots of young children dressed in fanciful costumes.

Let's work to make this Halloween a safe one.

Drivers -- please slow down and be extra alert. Parents -- don't let your children trick or treat without close supervision.

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