Benefit gospel concert coming July 31 to the Wilde Lake Interfaith Center


The St. John Baptist Church will present "Harvest for the Hungry," a benefit gospel concert, at 4 p.m. July 31 at the Wilde Lake Interfaith Center.

The concert is in support of the St. John Food Pantry Committee, which provides year-round assistance to needy families in the Columbia area.

The concert will feature choirs and musical groups from Mt. Pisgah AME Church of Columbia, First Baptist Church of Guilford and Glen Mar United Methodist Church in Ellicott City. Also, special guest Eric Dominect and Company from Randallstown and the St. John Baptist Church Choirs.

Pinnie Ross, publicity director for St. John Baptist Church, says that a donation of a nonperishable food will admit individuals to the concert. Monetary donations also will be accepted.

For additional information, call the St. John Baptist Church office at 730-7920.


We have several teen pool parties in search of middle school kids who want to enjoy a couple of fun evenings of swimming, games, food and music. All Columbia middle schoolers are invited to join the party.

The Harper's Choice Community Association, in conjunction with the Columbia Teen Center, is sponsoring the swim bash from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Monday, Aug. 1, at the Longfellow pool. The rain date is Aug. 8.

The Wilde Lake Community Association is sponsoring a middle school swim party from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Aug. 11 at the Running Brook pool. The rain date is Aug. 18.

Pre-registration is required for both events, but admission is free, so plan to bring a friend or two to join in the fun.

For additional information, call 730-3888 (Harper's Choice) or 730-3987 (Wilde Lake).


Maybe you are looking for something special to serve at a luncheon, or a tasty appetizer for a special dinner. Or perhaps, you just want to give your taste buds a zap of something new and exciting.

"Spicy Finger Foods and Chutney" is the name of a cooking seminar at Kahler Hall in Harper's Choice Village Center, at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 26.

Instructor Ann Chitale will show you how to make several tasty finger snacks, and how to prepare chutney, a zesty relish made from various fruits, herbs and spices.

The cost of the cooking seminar is $10, and includes all cooking instructions, recipes and samples.

* Call 730-3888 to register.


Anyone who has not made a trip down to Lakefront in Town Center for one of the free evening concerts is missing a lot of good music in a very relaxing setting.

Most of the weekday concerts start at 8 p.m. but it would be best to check before you come. Tuesday evening is open mike night, and some absolutely "amazing" performances (both good and bad, but all in fun) can be seen.

;/ Call 715-3000 for scheduled acts and times.


The Howard County Library provides a full slate of story programs for children of various ages. Most are interactive programs designed to both entertain and enlighten young minds.

One of those programs is called Kazoo Mania, a celebration of silly sounds for children ages 6 to 9 presented through stories and crafts. It will be held at the Central Library from 2 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. and again 3:30 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. Thursday, July 28. Sounds like it will be loud, and a lot of fun.

Preregistration is required and may be made in person at the library, or by calling 313-7880.


For women only . . . but, something for men to think about.

Think the life has gone out of the relationship with the one you love? If so, it's time to get radical, and try something totally off-the-wall to help reignite the flame.

So, have you thought about belly dancing? Didn't think so . . . but, if you're ready for a dance on the wild side, the Dorsey's Search Community Association is offering a six-week belly dancing class at Linden Hall with instructor Sherry Coffey of WORLDancer.

Make your decision quickly because classes for beginners start from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. tomorrow night.

If you are among those who have successfully initiated that special someone to the pleasures of this tastefully seductive art form and wish to expand your and their horizons, classes for experienced belly dancers will be held 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday.

To register, or for additional information, call 799-5365 or 730-4005.

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