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Octoberfest will feature arts and crafts, soccer clinic, fashion show, Kids Corner


ARTS AND CRAFTS vendors are invited to participate in the third annual Octoberfest at Oakland Middle School, Sept. 30 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Students from each class will do their bit manning booths.

All Columbia soccer players will want to be there for the Baltimore Spirit Soccer players clinic. New this year will be a Kids Corner and a used books and toy table.

Oakland Mills students will present a fashion show modeling clothes from the 5-7-9 shop.

For added interest, local shops will be featured with the arts and crafts show. The Halloween Spirit Shop will have costumes, makeup and decorations. Theatrical memorabilia will be on display by I Love Theater. For details, call 995-1436 or 997-9154.

Christmas bazaar

The Owen Brown Place Christmas Bazaar takes place Oct. 14, from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. The vendors' fee is nominal. Call 465-6864 for information or register in person at Owen Brown Place, evenings at 6:30 p.m.

Jeffers Hill Scouts

Inadvertently, Cub Pack 914, Jeffers Hill Elementary School, was omitted from the list of Scouting Back To School Nights. Call 997-2665 for information. Don't forget to take your sons to their school and sign up for great Cub events.

Wawa site to be sold

Oakland Mills village residents have inquired about plans for the site of the former Wawa store in Thunder Hill Neighborhood. The property will be put up for sale this month. Wawa, Columbia Association and the Oakland Mills Village Board welcome inquiries from interested entrepreneurs, 730-4610.

Exchange students

Six Oakland Mills High School students were among 34 Howard County students who went overseas this summer as ambassadors with the Columbia Association Sister City Program.

Christopher Baran, Madeleine Driscoll, Rebecca Levine and Josh Warner-Burke flew to Cergy Pontoise, France. Carmen Reeves and Erissa Reeves were in Tres Cantos, Spain. The teen-agers stayed with host families and later were hosts to students here.

Crime-fighting ideas

Another topic of interest to all Oakland Mills residents is the increased incidence of crime. A meeting of board members, village manager and police representatives was held to help create positive community involvement and reduce crime "opportunities."

Suggestions included action to discourage loitering, enacting a state curfew, providing evening activities at schools, improving lighting in parking lots, throwing block parties and yard sales to encourage neighbors to meet neighbors, offering teen activities and scheduling community dances, concerts and pool parties.

Residents' suggestions are welcomed and residents interested in joining the Pro-Community/Anti-Crime Committee are asked to call the village office, 730-4610.

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