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Watershed management plan advocates are to be sought

The Baltimore Sun

Members of CLEER (the Committee for Lake Elkhorn' Environmental Restoration) are to be on the path around the lake during the day Aug. 25 to sign up new members who would like to be advocates for a lake watershed management plan to be included in the Columbia Association's next budget.

The committee will sponsor a community meeting at 8 p.m. Aug. 29 at Owen Brown Interfaith Center, 7246 Cradlerock Way.

A panel discussion by watershed experts will talk about how the lake's habitat can be improved and the cost of future dredging in the lake minimized. A question period is planned.

Information: 410-381-0449, or e-mail, LEWatershedCommittee@gmail.com.

Around Town

Extra lane -- The State Highway Administration has begun a $460,000 project to widen Route 108 (Old Annapolis Road) between Howard High School, Centre Park Drive and Phelps Luck Road. The project will create an exclusive right-turn lane along westbound Route 108. The project, which is intended to improve safety and reduce congestion near the school, is expected to be completed early next month, weather permitting. Motorists can expect single-lane closures between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. and 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. weekdays. 301-624-8100 or 800-635-5119.

Also at the library -- A reading program for children, "Reading Roadtrip," offers prizes for books read during the summer. Participants can register at the east Columbia branch, 6600 Cradlerock Way. A program is also available for ages 3 and younger, in which parents can read books, magazines or newspapers to their children and earn prizes.

An adult summer reading club, sponsored by Friends of the Howard County Library, is offered through Aug. 31. Participants will be eligible for monthly prize drawings. Entry forms are available at the information desk in each library. www.hclibrary.org.

Belly dancing -- The Long Reach Community Association is offering belly-dancing classes for adults through Sept. 10. A beginner class meets from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays; advanced students meet from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays. The cost is $76 for eight weeks of classes. A 5 percent discount is offered to those living on Columbia Association-assessed property. 410-730- 8113.

Pool party -- Oakland Mills Community Association will hold a pool party from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Thunder Hill Neighborhood Pool. The party for Oakland Mills residents will include food, beverages, games and a disc jockey. Tickets, which must be purchased in advance, are $2.50 and are available at The Other Barn, 5851 Robert Oliver Place.

The community association is seeking participants for its International Fall Festival, to be held at the village center Oct. 13. Festival planners are seeking people interested in sharing their ethnic heritage with the community. Representatives of social service organizations, artisans, food vendors, cultural clubs, school groups and entertainers are welcome. Entertainment is to include performances by the Kinderman; Turner, Dean of Magic; the Fun Drug Rhythm Circle; and a Chinese dragon dance. Susan Azoulay, 410-730-4610.

Tai chi -- The East Columbia 50+ Center in the east Columbia library will offer "Simplified Yang's Tai Chi" from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. Thursdays. The cost is $6. 410-313-7680.

Summer eating -- "Summer Meals From Local Crops," a program on nutrition, cooking, preserving, and gardening led by experts from the Howard County Library, the farmers' market, Tai Sophia Institute and the Howard County Master Gardeners, will be offered at the east Columbia library at 2 p.m. Thursday and Aug. 23. Registration is required. 410-313-7700.

Martial arts -- The Long Reach Community Association will offer martial arts classes from Sept. 11 through Nov. 6 at Stonehouse. The classes in three-circle hapkido are based on movement along three circular planes to apply striking, joint-locking, throwing and pressing techniques against hand and weapon attacks. The technique draws on difference styles of Korean self-defense and is influenced by other martial arts such as chen tai chi, aikido, jujitsu, bagua, hsingi and mudukwan. Classes for ages 5 to 11 will be offered from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays; for those ages 12 and older, from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. The cost is $160 for eight weeks. A 5 percent discount is offered to those living on Columbia Association-assessed property. 410-730-8113.

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