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Celtic music to accompany afternoon tea

The Baltimore Sun

Town Center Community Association will offer Sunday Afternoon Tea from 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 20 at Historic Oakland, 5430 Vantage Point Road.

Hot tea will be served in the manor's elegant ballroom. Sandwiches, desserts and warm scones will also be served.

A live performance by the Celtic music trio Painted Trillium is planned.

The cost is $20. Reservations are required at least two business days in advance. Information or reservations: 410-730-4801 or www.historicoakland.com.

Around town

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 artists -- Starting this month, Howard County Recreation and Parks will sponsor drawing and painting classes for ages 60 and older at the Bain Center and at the Cedar Lane Recreation Center. Bain Center classes will be held from 1:15 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. Thursdays starting this week. Cedar Lane classes will be held from 9:15 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. Tuesdays starting this week. $60. 410-313-7279.

Parent-tot play groups -- Town Center Community Association is accepting registration for the winter session of Parents & Tots Play Groups, which begins this week. Children ages 6 months to 4 years meet Tuesdays. Children 6 months to 24 months meet Wednesdays, and children 6 months to 4 years meet Thursdays. The groups meet from 10 a.m. to noon. The session runs for 10 weeks. Groups, which are limited to 15 children, meet weekly at Historic Oakland, 5430 Vantage Point Road. $25 for Columbia residents; $27.50 for nonresidents. Siblings can enroll for half-price. Registration: 410-730-4744, or www.historicoak land.com.

Environmental action -- The Town Center Community Association will sponsor an Environmental Action Group to educate and foster environmentally positive action in the community. The group, which will be led by Town Center board member Stephen Meskin, will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday and Jan. 22, and on the first and third Tuesdays of each month, at Historic Oakland, 5430 Vantage Point Road. Registration is requested. 410-730-4744.

Senior yoga -- Yoga Center of Columbia will continue its senior classes at Slayton House in Wilde Lake Village Center. The slower-paced, gentle yoga classes emphasize breathing and stress reduction. Classes are held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursdays, this week through Feb. 14. The cost is $78 for a six-week session; $15 to drop in. Columbia lien payers can request a 10 percent discount. Registration recommended. Participants should consult a physician before starting any exercise program. 410-730-3987.'His Girl Friday' -- Slayton House in Wilde Lake Village Center will show the 1940 movie His Girl Friday as the fourth film in its 16th season of "Marvelous Movies and More." The film, which is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Friday, was directed by Howard Hawks and stars Rosalind Russell, Cary Grant and Ralph Bellamy. Film critic Mike Giuliano will lead a short discussion after the film. Dessert and coffee will be provided. The cost is $7; $6 for senior citizens and students (raffle prizes included.) A senior events shuttle is available for those who need it. 410-730-3987.

Mandolinists -- The Oakland Nights Music Series, an informal concert series featuring local musicians and sponsored by the Town Center Community Association, will present a Sunday afternoon performance by the Nonesuch Trio from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Jan. 13 in the ballroom at Historic Oakland, 5430 Vantage Point Road. Admission is free, but donations for the performers are encouraged. The Nonesuch Trio is an acoustic ensemble of three members of the Baltimore Mandolin Orchestra, mandolinists Laura Norris and Jim Blanchard and classical guitarist Jeff Doll. On the program are light classical pieces, traditional Italian melodies, rags, concert dances and popular tunes. Patricia Loeber, 410-730-4744.

Puppet circus -- Rainbow Theatre at Slayton House on Wilde Lake Village Green will present "Circus on Strings" with Carousel Puppets at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Jan. 18. The production includes juggling clowns, a ballerina, a cat on a trapeze and other circus acts. Tickets are $5 in advance and $6 at the door. Group rates are available. 410-730-3987.

Belly dance -- Mia Naja al Sephira will offer a belly dance class for children at Slayton House in Wilde Lake Village Center. The Saturday morning classes, which run from Feb. 2 through March 15, are sponsored by the Wilde Lake Community Association. Mommy and Me classes (for mothers and fathers - and their children) will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. The classes are for children ages 6 to 12. The cost is $72 for six sessions; $15 to drop in.

An eight-week session of belly dance classes for adults begins Jan. 22. Level I classes will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays. The cost is $80. Bellypower/Level II classes will be held from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesdays. The cost is $120 or $15 to drop in. Columbia residents can request a 10 percent discount. 410-730-3987.

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