Free lunar eclipse viewing at HCC garage Feb. 20

The Baltimore Sun

Howard Community College's Science Department and the Howard Astronomical League will hold a free public viewing of the lunar eclipse from 8:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. Feb. 20 on the upper level of the college's parking garage.

Astronomy faculty and HAL's amateur astronomers will be on hand to answer questions and point out major winter constellations. The event can be observed with the naked eye, but viewers are encouraged to bring their own binoculars and small telescopes.

Telescopes will be available to view Saturn and its rings, Mars, and major star clusters. Dress warmly.

The eclipse is the last total lunar eclipse visible from this area until Dec. 21, 2010.

Information: www.howardcc.edu/skywatch. In case of inclement weather: http:--www.howardastro.org/eclipse.htm, or call Professor Russ Poch, 410-772-4891.

Tea, jewelry show planned for Feb. 17

The Town Center Community Association will offer Sunday Afternoon Tea at Historic Oakland from 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 17 and March 16.

A jewelry show will be presented by Twins Silver Dream. Sandwiches, desserts and warm scones will be served with tea in the ballroom.

The cost is $20. Reservations are required at least two business days in advance. Historic Oakland is at 5430 Vantage Point Road.

Information: 410-730-4801. For samples of the jewelry: www.twinssilverdream.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 bring a game and attend with a friend. 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 through March 15, are sponsored by the Wilde Lake Community Association. Mommy and Me classes (for mothers and fathers - and their children) will be 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.

Rainbow Theatre -- Rainbow Theatre at Slayton House in the Wilde Lake Village Green will continue its series of performances with Peter Rabbit Tales, presented by Tucker's Tales Puppet Theatre on Friday. Beatrix Potter's classic children's stories - The Tale of Peter Rabbit, The Tale of Benjamin Bunny and The Tale of Mrs. Tittlemouse - are acted in turn-of-the-century costumes. Performances are at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Tickets are $5 in advance; $6 at the door, if available. Group rates are available; reservations are not. Only exact cash or checks are accepted. 410-730-3987.

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. on the first and third Tuesdays of each month, at Historic Oakland, 5430 Vantage Point Road. Registration is requested. 410-730-4744.

Senior yoga -- The Yoga Center of Columbia will continue its senior yoga classes at Slayton House in the Wilde Lake Village Center. The slower-paced, gentle yoga classes emphasize breathing and stress reduction, and are adapted to the needs of each student. Classes are from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursdays, Feb. 21 through March 27. The cost is $78 for the six-week session; $15 to drop in. Columbia lien payers can request a 10 percent discount. Registration is recommended. Participants should consult a physician before starting any exercise program. 410-730-3987.

Teen models -- The Teen Role Model Competition, sponsored by the Columbia Association and open to all high school students, will be from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. March 2 at Kahler Hall in the Harper's Choice Village Center. The entry deadline for contestants has been extended to Feb. 22. Tickets are $10 in advance; $15 at the door. 410-715-5523.

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