Earth Day cleanup is rescheduled


Kings Contrivance village has rescheduled its Earth Day open-space cleanup, which was rained out, for 10 a.m. June 3 at Amherst House in the village center.

Participants can sign in at 10 a.m. A rally, with free T-shirts and prizes, will be held at 1 p.m.

Information: Richel Ticar, 410-997-9285 or Anne Dodd, 410-381-9600.

3 Oakland Mills residents honored

Three Oakland Mills residents - Julia Llewellyn, Bill McCormack and Ginny Thomas - were honored for their role in the Oakland Mills revitalization effort at a reception April 25 at The Other Barn in the Oakland Mills Village Center.

Llewellyn and Thomas are co-chairs of the Community Vibrancy Committee. McCormack is chair of the Revitalization Housing Committee.

McCormack is working in partnership with the county on a project to create a model home in the neighborhood. Llewellyn and Thomas are organizing subcommittees on music and art, beautification and a street captain initiative, and are coordinating with members of the Master Plan Committee.

Fashion, modeling workshop due to start

The Columbia Teen Center will offer its six-week fashion and modeling workshop for girls ages 11-17, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesdays, starting this week, at the center.

Participants will learn about skin and hair care, makeup, nail care, accessories, runway skills, fashion coordination, attitude and self-esteem.

The course, which will be taught by staff members from Dress to Impress, will culminate in a professional-style runway fashion show.

The cost is $250 for Columbia residents; $300 for nonresidents.

The center will offer the Heartsaver Adult/Infant/Child cardiopulmonary resuscitation class, for those ages 13 to 19, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Parents are also welcome to enroll.

The American Heart Association class covers CPR techniques for infants, children and adults; the Heimlich maneuver; management of foreign-body airway obstruction for infants; cardiac risk factors; signs and symptoms of heart attack and stroke; SIDS prevention; safety issues for children; and accident prevention. Participants will learn lifesaving techniques on a mannequin.

A two-year American Heart Association card will be awarded to those who pass a written test.

The cost is $60 for Columbia residents; $72 for nonresidents. Registration is required.

Information or registration: Bobbie Whyte, 410-992-3726.

Book clubs to meet at library branch

The east Columbia library will sponsor a meeting of its Good Reads Book club to discuss In the Lake of the Woods, by Tim O'Brien, at 7 p.m. Wednesday.

The Morning Books with Coffee book club will discuss The Good Wife, by Stewart O'Nan, at 10:30 a.m. May 22.

Copies of the books are available at the branch, 6600 Cradlerock Way. Registration is not needed.

Information: 410-313-7700.


Graduates -- Army Pvt. Terrell J. Blackwell, son of retired 1st Sgt. Ronald A. and Tanya C. Blackwell of Long Reach, has graduated from Small Arms/Artillery Repairer Advanced Individual Training at Aberdeen Proving Ground. The course trains soldiers to maintain small arms and related infantry weapons, such as shoulder-fired weapons, handguns, machine guns, mortars and towed artillery. Terrell Blackwell is a 2001 graduate of Long Reach High School.

Around Town

Amherst House -- Sandra Duerr is teaching a ballet class for children ages 3 to 5 from 12:15 p.m. to 12:45 p.m. Mondays at Amherst House, 7251 Eden Brook Drive. There is a fee. Wee Friends, parent-and-child classes for ages 18 months to 4 years led by Judy Milke, is offered Monday, Wednesday or Friday mornings, depending on the age of the child. Leigh Roberts is conducting an eight-week session of beginner Pilates from 7:15 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. Mondays. The cost is $96 for lien payers; $104 for others. 410-381-9600.

Bridge -- A drop-in program on playing bridge is being offered at the 50+ Center at the east Columbia library from noon to 3 p.m. Tuesdays. A 30-minute lecture is included. Players of all levels are welcome to refresh skills, learn new bridge conventions and meet friends. Mentoring is available. The cost is $6. 410-290-5430.

Racquets for reading -- The east Columbia library, 6600 Cradlerock Way, will offer "Raise Your Racquets for Reading," a program of on-court drills and lessons with pros from the Mid-Eastern Tennis Association, including an overview of library material on tennis. The program for ages 5 to 15 is scheduled from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday on the Owen Brown tennis court on Cradlerock Way. Refreshments will be served. Registration is required. 410-313-7700.

Relay for Life -- A fundraiser for the American Cancer Society, the Relay for Life will be held June 2 and 3 at Hammond High School. Teams are being formed for the community overnight event during which participants camp out while team members walk on a track through the night. Team captains can register members at www. relay/howard, and volunteers can register for a team. Bank Nights, when team captains can turn in funds raised, will be held at 5:30 p.m. May 18 and 30 at the Bain Center, 5470 Ruth Keeton Way. Debra Wilkenloh, 410-997- 8700.

Arthritis walk -- The Arthritis Foundation will hold its 2006 Howard County Arthritis Walk on May 21 at Lake Elkhorn. The noncompetitive event offers a variety of distance options to accommodate people with all levels of fitness. Participants can walk in honor of a family member or friend with arthritis. Walkers are encouraged to join individually or as a team by recruiting five or more friends. Leashed pets are welcome. The event is free, but walkers are encouraged to find sponsors. Registration begins at noon; the walk will begin at 1 p.m. 877-232-2898 or 410-654-6570, ext. 230. Or register online at

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