Religion Notes

Workshop for parents to be held Feb. 21 at Mount Zion Methodist

Mount Zion United Methodist Church, 12367 Route 216, in Highland will present "What Just Happened?!?!?!?!? (Parenting Elementary Age and Younger Children)," a workshop on being productive parents, from 9 a.m. to noon Feb. 21 in the Mount Zion Fellowship Hall.


Light refreshments will be served, and child care provided by members of Mount Zion's youth group. The cost is $35 a family. The cost for child care is $3 a child; $7 a family. Registration is due by Sunday.

Information or to reserve child care: pastoral counselor Tiffany Craig, 301-854-2324, Ext. 40.


An exploration of major world religions will be offered as part of the church's Lenten Bible studies from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesdays, starting next week, in the Fellowship Hall. Admission is free.

Information: 301-854-2324 or 410-531-5173.

Chicken-oyster dinner set tomorrow in Highland

Hopkins United Methodist Men will hold a chicken and oyster dinner from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. tomorrow at the church, 13250 Highland Road, Highland.

Chicken dinners cost $8; oyster dinners are $10. Potato salad, green beans and cabbage are included. Desserts will also be for sale, and delivery is available.

Information: 410-531-6187.

St. John's day school plans scholarship fund gala

St. John's Parish Day School will hold a gala to benefit the school's scholarship fund, "An Evening in the Garden" on from 6:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. Feb. 21 at the school, 9130 Frederick Road, Ellicott City.


The black-tie optional evening will feature dinner and dancing and a silent auction. Music will be provided by Opus I.

The gala will also celebrate the work that St. John's students are doing to create a schoolyard habitat.

Tickets are $50 a person.

Information: Sharon Runge, 410-465-7644.

Gan Israel Day Camp accepting registration

Gan Israel Day Camp is accepting registration for boys, ages 2 to 8, and girls, ages 2 to 12, for the summer.


The camp, which is held at the Lubavitch Center for Jewish Education in Columbia, offers sports, swimming, crafts, music, trips and a hands-on approach to Jewish tradition and history.

Children can attend for one or more weeks between June 21 and July 16. Half-day options are available for preschoolers.

Information: 410-740-2424.

Author Bretholz to speak at 'Lunch and Learn'

Leo Bretholz, co-author with Michael Olesker of Leap into Darkness: Seven Years on the Run in Wartime Europe, will be the featured speaker at a "Lunch and Learn" session, sponsored by Howard Community College's Jewish Student Union.

The session will be from 12:30 p.m. to 1:50 p.m. Thursday in multipurpose Room 100 of the college's Instructional Laboratory Building, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia.


Lunch will be served. Admission is free.

Information: Sue Bard, 410- 772-4887, or sbard@howard

'Potential for Inner Peace' to be topic of class

Buddhist nun Kelsang Osel of Vikatadamshtri Buddhist Center in Baltimore is presenting informal classes that include a brief talk and guided meditation from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Tuesdays, through Feb. 24, at the Meeting House, 5885 Robert Oliver Place, Columbia.

The theme is "Nurturing Our Potential for Inner Peace."

The donation is $8 a class. Registration is not required.


Information: 410-243-3837.

K of C council sponsoring breakfast buffet Sunday

The Knights of Columbus, Father Comyns Council 9638, will sponsor a breakfast buffet from 8 a.m. to noon Sunday in Harrison Hall, adjacent to Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, 4795 Ilchester Road, Ellicott City.

The cost is $6 for adults; $5 for senior citizens; $4 for children ages 6 to 11; and free for children to age 6. Proceeds will help support the council's charitable activities.

Information: 410-796-2023.

Hadassah chapter holding dinner-auction Sunday


The Howard County chapter of Hadassah will hold its second dinner and auction for members and friends Sunday at Coho Grill in Hobbit's Glen, Columbia.

A silent auction will provide an opportunity to bid on gift items, toys, gift certificates to local stores and service organizations, weekend getaways and other items.

The $30 cover charge includes nonalcoholic beverages and dairy or pareve (neither milk nor meat) entrees. A cash bar will be available. Proceeds will benefit the Hadassah Medical Organization.

Reservations are required.

Information: Lynn Albizo, 410-715-1341, or albizo@comcast. net.

Journeys Community theme to be 'Facing Temptation'


The theme for this weekend's Journey's Community service at 10 a.m. Sunday is "Facing Temptation."

Journeys Community is holding services in its permanent home, a renovated auditorium on the second floor of Vantage House Life Care Retirement Community, 5400 Vantage Point Road, in Town Center, Columbia.

Information: Harry Brunett,

In case of inclement weather: 410-730-6079 or 410-484-7544.