Library's teenage advisers to discuss youth programs

The Baltimore Sun

The east Columbia library, 6600 Cradlerock Way, is sponsoring a meeting of its Teen Advisory Board for youth ages 11 to 16 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. April 7.

Teens will have an opportunity to meet with friends, have a snack and share ideas about what the library should offer their peers.

Registration begins March 24.

Information: 410-313-7700.

Preschool plans an open house

East Columbia Preschool, a cooperative program for children ages 3 and 4, will hold an open house for prospective families from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. March 24 at Owen Brown Community Center, 6800 Cradlerock Way.

Children are welcome to attend.

Information: 410-290-9166, or www.eastcolumbiapreshcool. com.

Around Town

Candidates sought -- Nomination petitions are available through March 21 for members of the Long Reach Community Association who are interested in running for village office. Members of the community association can be owners or lease-holding tenants of lien-paying properties in Long Reach village. Two village board members and one Columbia Council representative will be elected April 21 for two-year terms. Each candidate must submit a completed election petition and candidate's statement by 6 p.m. March 21 to be included on the ballot. Information packets, which include petition forms and election rules, are available at Stonehouse in Long Reach Village Center. Hours are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, and 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday. 410-730-8113 or contact William A. Taylor, chairman of the election committee, 301-596-7152.

Spring seminars -- Kings Contrivance Community Association will offer a free gardening seminar at Amherst House, 7251 Eden Brook Drive. Master gardeners Pat Greenwald and Deborah Patton will present "Waking Up the Garden," a program on early spring tasks for gardeners, from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. tomorrow. Registration is required. 410-381-9600.

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. Lessons in mah-jongg are also offered. The cost is $31 for three classes. Registration is required. 410-290-5430.

Coffee chat -- The Board of Education will hold a "Coffee & Conversation" session from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday in the media center at Long Reach High School, 6101 Old Dobbin Lane. The session will provide an opportunity to share a cup of coffee and chat with board members. The meetings are held around the county. 410-313-6682.

Science, Dr. Seuss -- 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. Thursdays, through March 29. Tickets are available at the Children's Desk an hour before the 45-minute program. There will be no session March 22. 410-313-7730.

March film -- The east Columbia library is offering a new-release film festival - digital video discs shown on a large screen. Wordplay, a film about New York Times editor and National Public Radio puzzle-master Will Shortz, will be shown at 7 p.m. Thursday. Free refreshments will be served in celebration of the Howard County Library's Spelling Bee, to be held Friday. Admission is free, and registration is not required. The library is at 6600 Cradlerock Way. 410-313-7700.

La Leche -- La Leche of Columbia will meet at 7:30 p.m. March 20 at Owen Brown Community Center. The group offers support, information and guidance for 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.

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