St. John Baptist Church will hold fashion show


St. John Baptist Church will present an African-American fashion show at the Wilde Lake Interfaith Center from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Saturday. After the fashion show, there will be a buffet dinner.

Mamooni Reeves, a member of St. John Baptist Church, and the owner of International Bazaar and Gift Shop in Wilde Lake Village Center, is coordinating the fashion show.

Models will be displaying a colorful variety of African-American clothing. All the models are members of the church and several have had previous modeling and pageant experience.

All proceeds from the fashion show will go to benefit the church's Mentor/Mentee Program. The program supports adults within the church who serve as mentors to young men and women. The mentors provide guidance, help with school studies and counsel on how to solve personal problems.

The admission fee is $10 and includes the fashion show and the buffet dinner.

Tickets are available at the International Bazaar and Gift Shop and at the Wilde Lake Interfaith Center.

For additional information, please call Teal Mouzon at 992-6977 or Ms. Reeves at 997-6160.


In August 1993, the Bryant Woods Neighborhood Center on Green Mountain Circle was destroyed by fire.

Another victim of the blaze was the Bryant Woods Montessori Children's House, which used space at the neighborhood center. The Montessori school had been a neighborhood fixture for almost 25 years, and the loss was felt by many Columbia parents whose children attended the private school in the quiet, wooded neighborhood.

After a year of rebuilding, refurbishing and restocking, the Bryant Woods Montessori Children's House reopened in September. And, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, it will hold its 25th birthday celebration.

"Mother Goose will be present to entertain the children," says Lynn Smalley, one of the parent volunteers helping to coordinate the celebration. "There will be lots of other children's activities, too."

A book fair, with hundreds of hard backs and paperbacks, also is planned. Proceeds from the book fair will help replace books and other items lost in the fire.


Halloween is just behind us, and Thanksgiving still is almost a full month away. Yet, the preparations for the Christmas holidays already have begun, with Christmas items appearing on the shelves of many stores.

If you are planning to get a jump on the holiday crowds this year, you should start by attending the Holiday Craft Extravaganza sponsored by the Dorsey's Search Community Association.

The crafts show will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 12 at Linden Hall in Dorsey's Search Village Center.

Dozens of craftsmen will be present displaying handmade items suitable for holiday gifts, as well as many decorative items for the holiday season.

Admission to the crafts show is free. Call 730-4005 for additional information.


You also might want to drop by the Slayton House Gallery in Wilde Lake Village Center from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 12 to check out the 2nd Annual Wilde and Wonderful Gallery of Gifts.

Organized by Bravo!, a Columbia-based group of artisans, "Wilde and Wonderful" is a sale of functional and wearable art, including works in silver and other metals, colorful jewelry, original design clothing, unusual tableware and a wide assortment of functional art forms in clay, wood, glass and paper.

This is an excellent opportunity to purchase distinctive and tasteful holiday gifts made by regional artists.

All of the artisans will be present to talk about their work and answer any questions you may have.

Admission is free, and refreshments will be served.

For more information, call the Slayton House Gallery at 730-3987 or (301) 596-4883.


The American Red Cross has put out an urgent call for blood donors. Blood supply levels are dangerously low and must be replenished immediately. In particular, type O negative is in critically low supply.

Anyone wishing to donate blood, please call the local chapter of the American Red Cross at 730-0020 or 997-1288.

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