Opera Preview slated Sept. 23 at Bain Center

The Baltimore Sun

Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks, Howard County Office on Aging, and the Bain Center and its council will sponsor the fourth annual Opera Preview for those ages 55 and older from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 23 at the Bain Center, 5470 Ruth Keeton Way.

Tom Glenn, an authority in the field, will present musical highlights and synopses of La Boheme, Don Giovanni, Rigoletto and Tamerlano.

Light refreshments will be served. Admission is free.

Information: 410-313-7281.

Environment focus of discussion group

The Town Center Community Association will sponsor an organizational meeting for a discussion group titled Discussions on the Environment.

The meeting will be held from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sept. 18 at Historic Oakland, 5430 Vantage Point Road.

Topics are expected to include global warming, sustainability, breathable air, drinkable water, healthy food and living with nature. Town Center resident Stephen Meskin will be the coordinator.

Information or registration: 410-730-4744.

Parents & Tots Play Groups to begin

The Town Center Community Association is accepting registration for its fall 2007 session of Parents & Tots Play Groups, which begin the week of Sept. 11.

Children ages 2 to 4 are to meet Tuesdays; those 6 months to 24 months, on Wednesday. Children 6 months to 4 years are to meet Thursdays. The unstructured groups meet from 10 a.m. to noon at Historic Oakland, 5430 Vantage Point Road.

The cost for the 10-week session is $25 for Columbia residents; $27 for nonresidents. Classes fill rapidly. 410-730-4744.

Around town

Members sought -- The Wilde Lake Village Board is increasing its membership to seven from five. Those interested in serving on the board for the rest of the 2007-2008 term can pick up an application at the front desk at Slayton House on Wilde Lake Village Green. The application deadline is Sept. 27. Interviews are to be held Oct. 1. Bernice Kish, 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.

Homebuyer seminar -- Town Center Community Association will sponsor a seminar for first-time homebuyers from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday at Historic Oakland, 5430 Vantage Point Road. Refreshments will be provided. Admission is free. 443-927-9137, Ext. 129.

Strong bones -- The central library will sponsor a talk by Meena Chellaiah of the University of Maryland Dental School, "Strong Bones, Strong Women," at 10 a.m. Saturday. She will discuss the causes of osteoporosis and how to prevent it. Registration: 410-313-7800.

Self-defense class -- Tim Belton of Savvy Self Defense will teach self-defense techniques under conditions of stress and panic from 12:15 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, beginning Aug. 27, at Slayton House. The cost is $65 a month; $8 to drop in. The first week of classes is free. Columbia residents can request a 10 percent discount. Registration in advance is recommended. 410-730-3987.

Senior yoga -- The Yoga Center of Columbia will hold yoga classes for senior citizens at Slayton House in Wilde Lake Village. The slower-paced, gentle-yoga classes emphasize breathing and stress reduction and are tailored to individual needs and ability. The classes will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursdays, starting Sept. 6. A free class will be offered Aug. 30. The six-week session, which ends Oct. 11, costs $78; cost to drop in is $15. Prospective students are encouraged to consult a physician before starting any new exercise program. Registration is recommended. 410-730-3987.

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