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New year offers plenty of events for your interest


HAPPY NEW Year to everyone.

May 1997 be your truly special year.

The new year offers many new interests for everyone who wants to learn, develop new skills and be involved in the life of our community.

Here are just a few of 1997's interesting events.

Melvin Goodman, former CIA analyst and professor of international affairs at the National War College, will discuss "Should We Abolish the CIA?" at 7 p.m. Jan. 13 at the East Columbia branch library, 6000 Cradlerock Way in Owen Brown village.

Discussion of CIA cover-ups, double agents and the Aldrich Ames scandal will be part of the program. Information or to register, call 313-7700.

Dr. Diane Rowland will lead a series of six lectures, "Morality and the Muse: Ethics in Literature," at 1: 30 p.m. Thursdays, beginning Jan. 30 at the East Columbia branch library.

The series will open with Jeremy Benthan's "The Principle of Utility" and Sophocles' "Antigone."

The lectures will be at the 50 Plus Center in the library.

Everyone is welcome regardless of age.

Learn to speak at any meeting or discussion by attending the pancake breakfast at 11 a.m. Jan. 21 at 50 Plus. Members of "Toastmasters" will demonstrate how to give the perfect speech.

If you enjoy working with your hands, 50 Plus offers something for you, too.

There will be an "Ivy and Flowers" block printing workshop, including making greeting cards and decorating clothing, from 12: 30 p.m. to 2: 30 p.m. Jan. 27.

There is a $1 fee for breakfast, and block printing is $7. Reservations are requested. Call 313-7680.

Midlife transitions

Oakland Mills' Cathy Latham will focus on women's transitions during her four-week program, "Midlife," at 7: 30 p.m., beginning Jan. 15 at 5430 Vantage Point Road. The program is sponsored by the Town Center Community Association.

Making quilts

Annilin Buppert of Owen Brown village is offering the class "Sew a Quilt in One Day" from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Jan. 18 at Historic Oakland on Vantage Point Road.

Buppert, a professional quilter, will teach sewing machine techniques for speed and ease in quilting.

Students are asked to bring a portable sewing machine.

Columbia residents will receive a fee discount. Information: 730-4744.

Ecumenical services

The first of three ecumenical services was held this past Sunday at The Meeting House in Oakland Mills village.

The Rev. Douglas Hunt of the Columbia United Christian Congregation led the service with the Rev. William Hayman of the Lutheran Church of the Living Word and the Rev. Debbie McCustion-Kahl of Columbia Baptist Fellowship.

The services include liturgy, preaching and musical traditions of the participating congregations.

For information on the series, call 730-1970 or (301) 405-4596.

Call for edible art

Does your creative talent have an edible bent?

Artists, designers and cooks are invited to create artful food for the Columbia Art Center's "Edible Art Temptations" event, to be held March 15.

Entrants are asked to submit a picture or sketch of the edible idea and the recipe.

A panel of judges will select winners in five categories, including Most Elegant, Most Decadent and Most Fanciful.

The competition is open to residents of the Baltimore-

Washington area who are 18 and older.

Artists and designers, individually or as a team, can also decorate a "Cardboard Chair" for the Columbia Art Center's first "Gala and Silent Auction," planned, in conjunction with the Columbia Festival of the Arts, for June 24. To order a blank cardboard chair before Feb. 15, call 730-0075. Or stop at the arts center in the Long Reach Shopping Center to see a sample chair.

The $40 entry fee covers the cost of the blank chair, tax, shipping, exhibition fees, publicity, promotion and awards.

Pub Date: 12/31/96

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