'A Woman's Eye' exhibition at art center

The Columbia Art Center, 6100 Foreland Garth in Long Reach village, is presenting A Woman's Eye, an exhibition of work by members of the Women's Caucus for Art of Greater Washington, D.C.

The show includes oil and watercolor paintings by more than 20 members of the group who live in the Baltimore-Washington area.


The center's Window Gallery is showing Watercolor Artists of Columbia Art Center, watercolorist and instructor Robert Coe is the curator.

A reception, which is open to the community, will be held from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Jan. 20.


Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.

Information: 410-730-0075.


Graduates -- Air Force Airman Sheldon R. Jackson, son of Stephanie Baker of Kings Contrivance, has graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio. He is a 2005 graduate of Hammond High School.

Around Town

Children's etiquette, manners -- The Long Reach Community Association will offer a six-week session of classes for boys and girls, ages 8 to 13, in etiquette, social skills and manners. The classes, which will be presented by Stepping Out, are focused on creating self-confidence and comfort in social situations. Classes will meet from 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday through Feb. 10, at Stonehouse in Long Reach Village Center, 8775 Cloudleap Court. The cost is $150 for six weeks, with a 5 percent discount for residents of Columbia Association-assessed property.

Ballet with Cindee Velle classes for children ages 3 and older and adults will be offered through March 24. "First Steps," "Pre-ballet," "Combination Classes" and "Classical Ballet" as well as jazz, tap, pointe, hip-hop and modern dance classes are available.

Belly-dancing classes for adults will be offered from tomorrow through March 12. Beginners will meet from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m.; advanced dancers from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. The cost is $64 for eight weeks, with a 5 percent discount for residents of Columbia Association-assessed property. 410-730- 8113.


Beginning bridge -- "Bridge for the Absolute Beginner" will be offered from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays at the 50+ Center at the east Columbia library. The six-week class costs $60, plus $5 for a textbook. A drop-in bridge program is offered from noon to 3 p.m. Tuesdays at the same location. Players at all levels are welcome. Mentoring is available. Lessons in mah-jongg are also offered at the center. The cost is $31 for three classes, after which students will be qualified to play. Registration is required. 410-290-5430.

Book clubs -- The east Columbia library's Good Reads club, which meets on the second Wednesday of each month, will discuss The Unthinkable Thoughts of Jacob Green, by Joshua Braff, at 1 p.m. Wednesday.

Morning Books With Coffee, which meets on fourth Wednesdays, will discuss Peace Like a River, by Leif Enger, at 10:30 a.m. Jan. 24. Registration is not necessary. Copies of the books are available at the branch. 410-313-7700.

Hatha yoga -- Kings Contrivance Community Association is offering "Itsy Bitsy Yoga," a Saturday program for parents and babies ages 3 weeks and older, taught by Linda Dobry. The class meets from 10:15 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. The cost is $69; $75 for nonresidents. Judy Milke leads parent-and-child classes for children ages 14 months to 4 years. Classes are offered Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings, depending on the age of the child. 410-381-9600.

At the library -- The east Columbia library, 660 Cradlerock Way, will offer "Worms: A Vermiculture Primer" with Susan Levi-Goerlich at 7 p.m. Jan. 16. The program is part of the "Gardening Tips at the Library" series. Registration is required.

The library will offer "Teen Coffee Break @ East Columbia Library," a chance for young people ages 12 and older to take a break from homework and winter blues, from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Jan. 17. Assorted coffee drinks will be served, and music is planned. The program is sponsored by Starbucks in Columbia. Registration is required. 410-313-7700.