La Leche of Columbia sets March events for mothers

La Leche of Columbia will meet at 10 a.m. March 2 and at 7:30 p.m. March 20 at Owen Brown Community Center.

The group offers support, information and guidance to breast-feeding mothers. Pregnant women, as well as infants and toddlers, are welcome.


For help with breastfeeding questions: 410-309-4940, 301-421- 1177 or 410-461-3423.

A Mommy and Me Cafe will be held at 10 a.m. March 26 at the east Columbia library, 6600 Cradlerock Way.


The drop-in cafe, sponsored by La Leche of Columbia, will offer a chance to meet and chat with other mothers, grandmothers and children.

Information: 410-309-4940.

Teen center to focus on baby-sitting skills

Columbia Teen Center will offer its "Baby-sitting Made Easy" class for youths ages 11 to 14 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at The Barn in Oakland Mills Village Center.

First aid, emergency procedures, age-appropriate activities and other skills will be taught through hands-on activities. A certificate is awarded.

The cost is $40 for Columbia residents; $48 for nonresidents. Registration is required.

Information: Bobbie Whyte, 410-992-3726.

Master gardeners set spring seminars


The Kings Contrivance Community Association will offer free gardening seminars at Amherst House, 7251 Eden Brooke Drive.

Master gardeners Pat Greenwald and Deborah Patton will present a program on herbs - growing them in containers, harvesting them and preserving them - from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Feb. 26.

The two master gardeners will present "Waking Up the Garden," a program on early spring tasks for gardeners, from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. March 12.

Registration is required.

Information or registration: 410-381-9600.

Science, Dr. Seuss offered at library


The east Columbia library will offer a four-week program for children ages 3 to 6 with an adult, "Spring into Science," at 9:30 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. March 1-29. Tickets are available at the Children's Desk an hour before the 45-minute program. There will be no session on March 22.

"Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss," a celebration of the beloved author's birthday for children ages 3 to 5, will be offered at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. March 2. Tickets are available at the Children's Desk an hour before the 30-minute program.

Information: 410-313-7730.

Around Town

Classes -- Long Reach Community Association is offering Ballet with Cindee Velle for children ages 3 and older and adults, through March 24. Classes include "First Steps," "Pre-ballet," "Combination Classes" and "Classical Ballet" as well as jazz, tap, pointe, hip-hop and modern dance.

Belly dancing for adults is offered through March 12. Beginners will meet from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays; the advanced class 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.


Stamp your own -- Oakland Mills Community Association will sponsor a session of Stamping with Gina, a chance to produce handmade greeting cards with a professional look, using stamping techniques, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday at The Other Barn, 5851 Robert Oliver Place. The cost is $10 plus a $5 materials fee. Registration is required. 410-730-4610.

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. 410-290-5430.

Lively arts -- Lively Arts for Little Ones! which offers live performances for children ages 2 to 5 and their chaperones, will present Tracey Eldridge with "Music 'n' Motion" at 10 a.m. Friday at The Other Barn, 5851 Robert Oliver Place. The show lasts 45 minutes. Tickets are $4.50. 410-730-4610.