The Hickory Ridge Community Association will offer a bike-safety program from 10 a.m. to noon July 8 at Hawthorn Center, 6175 Sunny Spring.
Cyclists of all ages are welcome. Automobile owners can have a vehicle identification number etched on their car windows to deter theft. Children can be fingerprinted and will receive prizes.
The services will be provided by Liberty Mutual Insurance. Admission is free, but registration is requested.
Information or registration: 410-730-7327.
Wilde Lake residents invited to pool party
The Wilde Lake Community Association will offer a family pool party for Wilde Lake residents from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. July 11 at Bryant Woods Pool.
The party will feature swimming, pizza and a beverage. The cost is $3. Children to age 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Pool membership is not required.
There is no rain date.
Historic Oakland serves afternoon tea
The Town Center Community Association offers afternoon tea at Historic Oakland from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. the last Thursday of each month. The event is catered by the Tea Trolley. A two-course meal of scones, sandwiches and desserts will be served in the restored 19th- century mansion.
The cost is $18.90. Reservations are required at least 48 hours in advance. Historic Oakland is at 5430 Vantage Point Road.
Information or reservations: 410-730-4801, 800-730-4802 or www.historic-oakland.com.
Belly dancing at Slayton House
Salima Aza will offer weekly belly dancing lessons at Slayton House in Wilde Lake Village Center. The classes, sponsored by Wilde Lake Community Association, will be held from Tuesday through Aug. 15 (no class July 4).
A class for beginners ages 14 and older will meet from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays. The cost is $63 for seven weeks. Columbia residents receive a 10 percent discount. Registration is required in advance.
Fencing classes will continue at Slayton House. Classes are to begin the week of July 10. The cost is $48. Equipment is provided, but students must purchase protective equipment; the cost is $15 for men, $20 for women.
Registration is required, and Columbia lien payers can request a 10 percent discount.
Play groups to start session
The Town Center Community Association will hold its summer session of Parents and Tots Play Groups, starting next month.
A session for children ages 6 months to 4 years will begin July 10. The session for children ages 24 months to 4 years will start July 11, and the one for ages 6 months to 24 months will being July 12. All the sessions are held from 10 a.m. to noon and run for eight weeks.
The groups are limited to about 15 children. Activities include coloring, play, music and stories. The cost is $20 for Columbia residents; $22 for nonresidents. Siblings can enroll for half-price.
Graduates -- Air Force Airman Darryl C. Ling, son of Miriam Ling of west Columbia, has graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base in Texas. He is a 2005 graduate of River Hill High School.
Tap classes -- Judy Templeton will offer six-week classes in tap dancing, starting tomorrow, at Slayton House on Wilde Lake Village Green. A class for intermediate dancers will be held at 4 p.m. and for beginners at 5 p.m. The cost is $90. 410-772-9448.
Traditional Fourth -- The 36th Longfellow Friends of the Traditional Fourth parade and ballgame will be held July 4. There are no entry forms, requirements, registration or fees. Free beer, soft drinks and peanuts will be offered after the parade and at the game. The parade will begin at 10 a.m. at Longfellow Elementary School, 5470 Hesperus Drive. Line-up begins at 9:30 a.m. The parade route is 1.8 miles long and the parade lasts about an hour. About noon, beer tasting will begin behind Harper's Choice Village Center, where the softball game between the Eliots Oak Nuts and the Hesperus Wrecks will be played. Bob Russell, 410-730-4024.