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Town Center to honor county lawmakers


The Town Center Community Association board of directors will sponsor a reception in honor of Del. Elizabeth Bobo and state Sen. Edward J. Kasemeyer at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Historic Oakland, 5430 Vantage Point Road.

The reception is being held to recognize their successful efforts to pass legislation providing a new method to annex land into Columbia's villages.

"If land isn't annexed into the villages, people pay the CA [Columbia Association] lien, but they can't vote for the CA board members or village board members, so we have to get them annexed to become part of the political process," said Patricia B. Laidig, Town Center village manager.

As a benefit of the legislation, residents of Lakeside at Town Center condominiums and The Evergreens, a senior rental complex, were able to vote in Town Center's April elections, she said.

Bobo and Kasemeyer will be made honorary residents of Town Center at the reception. Light refreshments will be served; reservations are requested.

Information: 410-730-4744.

Around town

Land preservation -- The Howard County Citizens Association will present a free talk by Joy Levy, administrator of the Howard County Agricultural Land Preservation Program, "Options for Howard County's Rural West: What's Preserved, What's Developed, and Projections for the Future." The meeting will be at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow at the Hawthorn Center, 6175 Sunny Spring, in Hickory Ridge village. The association is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization. Ray Cole, 443-283- 3967, or

Sci-Fi illustration -- The Central Library, 10375 Little Patuxent Parkway, will offer a program on "Sci Fi & Fantasy Illustration for Teens," with freelance artist J. Andrew World, illustrator for the science fiction magazine Nth Degree. Ages 13 to 17 are invited to three sessions of hands-on instruction. "Basics of Art Anatomy" will be taught from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday; "Basics of Charcoal Drawing" is scheduled for Wednesday; and "Mythical Creatures & Scary Monsters" will be the focus Thursday. Materials will be provided. 410-313-7860.

Child rearing -- Grace Oldfield, 16, of Hickory Ridge has arranged a series of panel discussions on education and child rearing for her Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest award in Girl Scouting. The two remaining programs, which feature experts and parents, will be held at Christ Episcopal Church, 6800 Oakland Mills Road. "Legal and Financial Issues of Parenting" is the topic of discussion from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday. Admission is free, and child care will be available. 410-381-9365 or oldoakley@msn. com.

Flag Day -- The Hickory Ridge Community Association will sponsor a luncheon for senior citizens from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Flag Day, Wednesday, at the Hawthorn Center, 6175 Sunny Spring. 410- 730-7327.

At the library -- The Central Library, 10375 Little Patuxent Parkway, will sponsor a program on college savings plans at 7 p.m. Wednesday. Staff from College Savings Plans of Maryland will explain two plans that can offer tax benefits. Registration is required. A program, "Resolving Conflict," with business and life coach Marilyn Thorpe, is planned for 7 p.m. June 20 at the library. Registration is required. 410-313-7860.

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