Vendors sought for holiday craft fair

The Baltimore Sun

The Town Center Community Association is seeking craft vendors for its juried Holiday Craft Fair, to be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 17 at Historic Oakland, 5430 Vantage Point Road.

The 19th-century restored house provides a picturesque setting for the event.

Those interested should contact Patricia Loeber, 410-730-4744.

Jazz group opens Oakland series

The Oakland Night Music Series, sponsored by the Town Center Community Association, will open its third season with a concert by the Columbia Jazz Project from 8 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Oct. 5 in the ballroom at Historic Oakland.

Admission to the informal concert, which includes dessert and coffee, is free. A donation for the musicians is encouraged.

Musicians interested in performing in the Oakland Nights series should contact Patricia Loeber, 410-730-4744.

Hickory Ridge sponsors bingo

Hickory Ridge village will hold a family night bingo from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Oct. 5 at Hawthorn Center, 6175 Sunny spring.

Paper cards are six for $1. Beverages are 50 cents, and snacks are free. There will be cash and prizes at every game.

Information: 410-730-7327.

Around town

Members sought -- Wilde Lake Village Board is expanding from five to seven members. Residents 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 Thursday. Interviews are to be held Oct. 1. Bernice Kish, 410-730- 3987.

Opera preview -- Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks, the Howard County Office on Aging, and the Bain Center and its council will sponsor the fourth Opera Preview for those ages 55 and older from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. today at the Bain Center, 5470 Ruth Keeton Way. Tom Glenn will present musical highlights and synopses of La Boheme, Don Giovanni, Rigoletto and Tamerlano. Light refreshments will be served. Admission is free. 410-313-7281.

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.

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

About massage -- The Jewish Federation of Howard County will sponsor a discussion by massage therapist Diane Ziegler at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Bain Center, 5470 Ruth Keeton Way. Admission is free for members; $3 for nonmembers. Reservations are requested. Sophie Novinsky, 410-730-4976, Ext. 103.

Blood drive -- Town Center Community Association is sponsoring a Red Cross blood drive from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday at Historic Oakland. To schedule an appointment: 800-GIVE- LIFE.

The association will also sponsor an evening clarinet recital by musicians from the U.S. Army Field Band at 7 p.m. Thursday Sept. 27 in the ballroom at Historic Oakland. Light refreshments will be served. Admission is free, but reservations are requested. 410-730-4744.

Lake plans -- Representatives of Columbia Association's open-space management team will speak at a Town Center board meeting about constructing forebays for Lake Kittamaqundi and Wilde Lake. They will discuss the function, environmental effects and maintenance requirements of forebays - shallow reservoirs or canals - in lakes. Residents will have an opportunity to ask questions. The meeting will be held at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. 410- 730-4744.

Mah-jongg -- Those ages 18 or older are invited to Slayton House in Wilde Lake Village Center for mah-jongg at 10 a.m. Wednesdays. Admission is free. Participants are invited to take a game and attend with a friend. 410-730- 3987.

Senior yoga -- Yoga Center of Columbia will hold classes for senior citizens at Slayton House in Wilde Lake Village. The slow-paced, gentle-yoga classes emphasize breathing and stress reduction and are tailored to individual need and ability. The classes are held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursdays. The six-week session, which ends Oct. 11, costs $78; the 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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