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'Yikes McGee' concert is set for Jan 26

The Baltimore Sun

Howard County folk singer Tony McGuffin will present "The Yikes McGee Show," a collection of his original political protest songs sung in the persona of McGuffin's political alter ego, Yikes McGee.

The performance, which also features guest Christina Van Norman, is scheduled for 8 p.m. Jan. 26 at Mad City Coffee, 10801 Hickory Ridge Road. There is no cover charge.

McGuffin is a former director of the Ellicott Theatre, former president of the Ellicott City Democratic Club, and founder of the Western Howard County Democratic Club. This will be the first Yikes McGee concert in McGuffin's hometown.

Information: 410-964-8671. To hear sample songs: www.yikesmcgee.com.

Demonstration of shiatsu massage

Wilde Lake senior residents are invited to attend a luncheon at noon Jan. 25 at Slayton House in the Wilde Lake Village Green.

The cost is $5. The lunch includes a demonstration of shiatsu massage presented by Dee Weir, a licensed therapist.

The event is sponsored by the Wilde Lake Community Association. Reservations are required by Jan. 22.

Information: 410-730-3987.

Help with wills, other legal matters

Attorney John Byrley will be at the Bain Center, 5470 Ruth Keeton Way, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday for the 60 Plus Wills and Legal Screening Program.

He will draw up simple wills, powers of attorney, living wills, small estates and deed changes. The program is open to Howard County residents 60 and older. The cost is on a sliding scale.

An appointment is required. For information or to schedule an appointment: 410-313-7213.

Around town

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. today 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.

Parent-tot play groups -- Town Center Community Association is accepting registration for the winter session of Parents & Tots Play Groups, which began last 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.

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 bring a game and attend with a friend. 410-730-3987.

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 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.

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. Friday. 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.

Music, tea -- 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. 410-730-4801 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. 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.

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