Don’t miss Orioles players, John Means & Paul Fry, as they guest host at our Brews and O’s event!

Seminar to focus on crime prevention

The Baltimore Sun

The Harper's Choice Community Association will sponsor a "Gang Awareness-Crime Prevention Seminar" at 7:30 p.m. April 14 at Kahler Hall, 5440 Old Tucker Row, in the Harper's Choice Village Center.

Representatives from the Howard County Police Department's Community Resource Office will speak. There will be an opportunity to ask questions.

Information: 410-730-0770.

County singer to perform Saturday

Howard County singer-songwriter Iris Ann Hirsch will perform "Baby Boomer Memories: Original and Classic Folk/Rock of the '50s, '60s, '70s and More" from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday March 29 at Mad City Coffee, 10801 Hickory Ridge Road.

The program includes songs by Joni Mitchell, The Beatles, The Everly Brothers, the Eagles and others.

Admission is free.

Gardener to share tips April 2

The Hickory Ridge Community Association will present a talk by Master Gardener Jo Ann Russo, "Native Plants in the Home Landscape," from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. April 2 at The Hawthorn Center, 6175 Sunny Spring.

She will discuss the concept of selecting the right plant for the right place, choosing the plants that will be perfectly at home in your garden from an array of trees, shrubs and flowering perennials.

Registration is requested. Admission is free. Information: 410-730-7327.

Military

Completes training -- Navy Seaman Recruit Christina K. Harland, daughter of William H. Harland of Columbia, recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill. She is a 2005 graduate of Wilde Lake High School.

Around town

In the garden -- Historic Oakland will offer the second of its three free Master Gardener presentations: "Gardening in Small Spaces" by Dana Rogers and team at 7 p.m. Tuesday and "Posies in a Pot" by Pat Greenwald at 7 p.m. April 1. The events will be at Historic Oakland, 5430 Vantage Point Road. Registration is requested. 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 bring a game and attend with a friend. 410-730-3987.

Art, memories -- Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks will sponsor a 10-week "Artful Journaling" class for ages 55 and older, from 9:30 a.m. to noon Thursdays, starting this week, at the Bain Center, 5470 Ruth Keeton Way. Teacher Carol Zika will guide participants in creative writing and simple techniques for visual expression. The journal is designed to serve as a lasting record of each person's perspective on the world. Training is not needed. Participants will draw on their own life experiences for material. The cost is $60. There is an additional fee for supplies and materials, which will be suggested at the first class. Registration and payment are due as soon as possible. 410-313-7320 or 410-313-7279.

Auditions -- Auditions will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. April 10, and 10 a.m. to noon April 19 for the Slayton House Conservatory Camp's productions of Oklahoma! and Into the Woods. The camp session for Oklahoma! runs from June 23 through July 11; the Into the Woods camp session runs from July 14 through Aug. 1. Students in grades 8-12 who are interested in a summer theater experience should schedule an audition with Camp Administrator Kathy Verheul: 410-730-3987. Performances of Oklahoma! are scheduled for July 10, 11 and 12; of Into the Woods, for July 31, and Aug. 1 and 2.

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