Village candidates sought in Wilde Lake

The Wilde Lake Community Association is seeking candidates for five seats on the village board and one seat on the Columbia Council, also known as the Columbia Association board of directors.

The positions are for one year, beginning May 1. The nomination period runs from Feb. 20 through March 7.


Interested residents can pick up a nomination packet, starting Feb. 20, at Slayton House on Wilde Lake Village Green.

Information: 410-730-3987.


Fundraiser to help Juanita Robinson

Friends of Juanita Robinson, a resident of Harper's Choice who has served on the village board for eight years and is a recipient of the Howard County Volunteer of the Year award, is planning a fundraiser in her honor from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday at Kahler Hall in the Harper's Choice Village Center.

Silent and live auctions, a 50/50 raffle and food are planned.

Robinson, a community advocate who has also worked on behalf of the homeless and was a member of the Harper's Choice Community Partnership, has been diagnosed with a recurrence of breast cancer.

A minimum donation of $10 is requested. Proceeds will help pay for Robinson's medical expenses.

Information: 410-730-0770.

Around town

Volunteers sought -- In response to the closing of Giant Food in Wilde Lake Village Center, the village board has established the Wilde Lake Village Center Partnership Committee and is seeking volunteers to serve on the panel. Vince Marando, 410-730-1821.


Laughter workout -- Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks is sponsoring "Another Way to See It," a laughter club for those ages 55 and older. The program includes laughter exercises. The club meets from 9 a.m. to 9:40 a.m. Mondays at the Bain Center, 5470 Ruth Keeton Way. The cost is $2 a class. 410-313-7279.

Monthly crafts -- Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks will sponsor a Jewelry-a-Month Club for those ages 55 and older who want to learn how to make jewelry, from 9:30 a.m. to noon tomorrow and March 5 at the Bain Center, 5470 Ruth Keeton Way. The cost is $9 plus an additional fee for supplies. 410-313-7320, or 410-313-7279.

Play games -- Slayton House on Wilde Lake Village Green offers drop-in bridge games Tuesdays, Scrabble on Wednesdays and a chance to bring a game to play Thursdays. The free sessions are held from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. the second and fourth weeks of each month. Drop-in mah-jongg for ages 18 and older is offered at Slayton House on Wednesday mornings. Admission is free. 410-730-3987.

Bridge -- Ruth-Anne Mazer, American Contract Bridge League certified director and Gold Life Master, will teach bridge for beginners from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Tuesdays, through Feb. 27, at the Bain Center. The cost is $46. "Bid and Play," a class in bidding, play and defense techniques will be offered from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays, through Feb. 13, at the Bain Center. A prerequisite is "Brush-up Bridge" or the instructor's approval. The cost is $27. 410-313-7320 or 410-313-7279.

Local music -- Oakland Nights Music Series, sponsored by the Town Center Community Association, will present a performance by singer Samantha Hammer Kadrmas and pianist Kirk Kadish from 8 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Friday in the ballroom at Historic Oakland, 5430 Vantage Point Road. Admission is free, but donations for the artists are welcome. Musicians interested in performing in the informal series should contact Patricia Loeber, 410-730-4744.

Volunteers needed -- Slayton House will celebrate its 40th birthday this summer with a party sponsored by Wilde Lake Community Association. The event, scheduled for June 16-17, will include entertainment, food, games, a tour of historic homes and a dedication. Volunteers are needed to help coordinate the event. The first meeting for volunteers will be held from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Feb. 26 at Slayton House. Registration is requested. Carol Hobelmann, 410-730-3987.