Linden Hall in Dorsey's Search Village Center finally reopened its doors on Monday.
The damage caused by "The Great Frozen Pipe Flood of 1994" has been repaired, and the event has passed into the realm of future "Do you remember?" stories to be told on cold winter nights.
Much credit must be given to Anne Darrin, Jackie Felker, Karen Knight and the rest of the staff at Linden Hall. They worked tirelessly helping to get the facility up and operating again.
Things are quickly getting back to normal and all the regular classes, including Jackie Sorensen's aerobics sessions and June Smart's ballet classes, are back in action.
Up and coming at the newly renovated Linden Hall:
WINE! WINE! WINE! Another of the popular wine-tasting seminars, sponsored by the Dorsey's Search Community Association and Dorsey's Search Wine & Spirits, is scheduled for Friday from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
For the uninitiated, these monthly seminars are an excellent way to learn something about, and to sample, various domestic and imported wines.
The cost is $15 per person, and you must preregister at either Dorsey's Search Wine & Spirits or Linden Hall.
Call 730-4005 for more information.
Registration also has begun at Linden Hall for the spring session of Play Pals, the popular learning and enrichment program for toddlers and pre-kindergarten children.
Play Pals uses toys, activities and new experiences to encourage intellectual, communication and social growth and to help fine-tune developing motor skills.
All classes run for seven weeks and will begin the last week of April.
For information on fees and exact dates and times of individual classes, please call Bonnie Brickler at (301) 596-2504.
The Columbia Figure Skating Club will be celebrating its 20th Spring Ice Extravaganza with a full-length production of "Mary Poppins On Ice."
Performances are scheduled for 3:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Sunday at the Columbia Ice Rink in Oakland Mills Village Center.
Eighty skaters will be performing and Fran Terry, the skate club's excellent publicist, has provided the names of West Columbia residents who will be performing.
Kendra Terry and Christa Dombrowski portray clowning penguins who try to gain the attention of Mary Poppins.
At the county fair, fair-goers Anne-Laurie Eliasson, Erin Nard and Alica Brands are startled as several colorful horses, played by Elizabeth Loebl and Jessica Obst, leave the carousel to join the hunt for the clever fox, skated by Brendon Terry.
Orn Eliasson and Michelle Reinhardt portray the bankers who observe the little birds, Cindy Echevarria, Jamie Schub, Debbie Schub and Sonja Lilley, dancing outside with the Bird Lady.
Sandy Loebl, is Sister Suffragette, and Kelly Lilley and Bob Terry are among the chimney sweeps.
Lauren Havery and Katie Klukas join in for the spectacular grand finale.
Tickets are on sale at the Columbia Ice Rink office, 730-0322.
Ticket prices are $8 for adults; $6 for children.
A number of West Columbia middle and high school students were winners in the 5th Annual Howard County Science Fair, sponsored by Shimadzu Scientific Instruments Inc. in Twin Rivers Industrial Park.
Science projects from Atholton high school students Andrew Cameron (solar powered vehicles), Eric Lamar (cow pseudo-gene) and Ted Schlossnagle (image compression) were among the winners.
Fourteen students from Wilde Lake Middle school were recognized for their projects. They are Jeffrey Bloom, Andrew Bright, Aaron Brown, Scott Flor, Leah Friedberg, Elizabeth Gaeta, Jody Grandier, Anne Greenfield, Melissa Greczy, David Grossa, Karen Naftaly, Nicky Parypinski, James Shipp and Robin Warren.
Spring is officially here, and along with the warmer weather, robins and blooming jonquils, the Easter Bunny will also make his annual appearance at Easter Egg Hunts all over Columbia.
The Wilde Lake Community Association will hold its annual Easter Egg Hunt at Slayton House on Saturday, from 11 a.m. to noon.
Children, from toddlers to 8-year-olds, are invited to help the Easter Bunny find his lost eggs and have their pictures taken with the Easter Bunny.
The cost is $3 per child and preregistration is required.
To register, or for information, call Sharon Lea at 730-3987.
The Harper's Choice Community Association will hold an Easter Egg Hunt at Kahler Hall at 4:30 p.m. March 31.
In addition to the egg hunt, children will meet the Easter Bunny and can enjoy face painting. Be sure to bring a basket or a bag.
Reservations are required.
Call Cyndie Cota at 730-0770 for additional information.
The Dorsey's Search Community Association is sponsoring its annual Easter Egg Hunt from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. April 2 at Linden Hall.
Rain or shine, the hunt for Easter eggs is on!
The cost is $3.50 per child. Space is limited and advanced registration is required.
Call 730-4005 for more information.