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Wilde Lake to present candidates forum

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The Wilde Lake Community Association will hold a candidates forum for those running for the Wilde Lake Village Board and Columbia Council at 7:30 p.m. April 17 at Slayton House on Wilde Lake Village Green.

Residents are invited to meet the candidates and discuss issues. New residents are invited to pick up a welcome packet and a gift.

Information: 410-730-3987.

Bridal showcase in Town Center

The Town Center Community Association will sponsor a Bridal Showcase at Historic Oakland, 5430 Vantage Point Road, from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. April 15.

Vendors from the Baltimore-Washington area will display their wares, including food, music, floral designs, photographs and bridal and formal clothing.

Tickets are $10 in advance; $15 at the door.

Information: 410-730-4801 or 800-730-4801.

Young Columbians going Broadway

The Young Columbians, a group of 20 performers ages 8 to 17, will present "Broadway Revue" at 7 p.m. April 17 at the central library, 10375 Little Patuxent Parkway.

The young singers will perform old and new show music.

Admission is free. Families are welcome. Registration is required.

Information or registration: 410-313-7860.

Living wills set as topic of talk

The Howard County Bar Foundation will present a talk by Maryland Assistant Attorney General Jack Schwartz and hospital consultant Martha Knutson on so-called advance directives or living wills at 7 p.m. April 17 at the Bain Center, 5470 Ruth Keeton Way.

County Executive Ken Ulman will discuss his plans for senior citizens in Howard County.

Admission is free.

Around town

Volunteers needed -- Slayton House will celebrate its 40th birthday this summer with a "Fabulous at 40" birthday 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. Carol Hobelmann, 410-730-3987.

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. 410-313-7279.

Play games -- Slayton House, on Wilde Lake Village Green, offers drop-in bridge 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 at 10 a.m. Wednesdays. Participants are welcome to bring a game and a friend. Donations of games are welcome. Admission is free. 410-730-3987.

Play-group -- Town Center Community Association is accepting registration for its spring session of Parents & Tots Play Groups, which begin the week of April 10. Children ages 24 months to 4 years old will meet Tuesdays; those ages 6 to 24 months will meet Wednesdays; and children ages 6 months to 4 years old will meet Thursdays. The 10-week groups meet from 10 a.m. to noon at Historic Oakland, 5430 Vantage Point Road. The cost is $25 a child for Columbia residents; $27.50 for nonresidents. Siblings can enroll for half-price. Classes fill rapidly. 410-730-4744.

Yoga class -- Yoga Center of Columbia will continue to offer classes at Slayton House on Wilde Lake Village Green. Senior yoga will be offered from noon to 1:30 p.m. Thursdays, April 12 through May 17. The classes are slow-paced and emphasize stress reduction. The cost is $15 to drop in. Columbia lien payers can request a 10 percent discount. The classes are appropriate for all levels of experience, but it is recommended that those beginning an exercise program consult a physician before starting. Registration is required. 410-730-3987.

40 years -- Atholton High School will hold a Dinner Gala in Celebration of 40 Years of Excellence from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. April 14 at the Sheraton Columbia Hotel. Tickets are $55 a person; $100 a couple. Cocktail attire is requested. A cash bar is planned. A scholarship fund has been established in recognition of the school's 40 years of excellence. Checks can be sent to Atholton High School, 6520 Freetown Road, Columbia 21044. 410- 313-7065.

Capture the flag -- The Kiwanis Club of Columbia will hold its seventh Capture the Flag Night from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. April 21 at the Swansfield Neighborhood Center in Harper's Choice village. The event, featuring teams of four that use cards to capture opponents' flags, includes an all-you-can-eat dinner. Teams with the highest number of flags at the end of the evening will compete for first, second and third prizes. Individuals will be matched into teams; teams of four are also welcome. Admission is $15 a person. Proceeds will help support Kiwanis civic, youth and charitable programs. Ruby Schneider, 410-730-0695.

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