Library has classes for ages 3-5

The Baltimore Sun

Classes for preschoolers at the Central Library are designed to teach creative expression and social skills, increase comprehension and lay the foundation for reading through letter and number recognition, and build vocabulary.

"What's in My Art Box?" a class for ages 3-5 with an adult, will be offered at 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. July 9. The focus will be on the concept of form.

Color will be the focus at 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. July 23.

Registration begins Wednesday.

"Storybook Friends" for ages 2-5 with an adult, offers a story and a craft to enjoy with your child. The class will be held at 1 p.m. July 15, and the story will be Eric Carle's The Very Quiet Cricket.

Registration begins July 8.

Information: 410-313-7860.

Play groups sessions begin week of July 8

The Town Center Community Association is accepting registration for the summer session of Parents & Tots Play Groups. The session begins the week of July 8.

Children ages 6 months to 4 years meet on Tuesdays; ages 6 to 24 months meet Wednesdays; and children 6 months to 4 years meet Thursdays. All the groups meet from 10 a.m. to noon and run for eight weeks.

Each group is limited to 15 children.

The groups meet weekly at Historic Oakland, 5430 Vantage Point Road. The cost is $20 for Columbia residents; $22 for nonresidents. Siblings can enroll for half price.

Classes fill rapidly. Information: 410-730-4744.

Atholton High awarded funds

As part of the 2007-2008 Giant Food A+ BonusBucks program, Atholton High School has been awarded $10,769.

The program, which provides opportunities for Giant customers to help designated local schools by making purchases with a BonusCard, earned $2 million for some 3,000 area schools this year.


Graduates : Navy Ensign Marcus D. Robinson, a 2004 graduate of Wilde Lake High School, recently graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis and was commissioned as an officer. He is the son of Carleton and Stanette Robinson of Columbia.

Around Town

Theater camp : Slayton House Camp of the Arts is accepting registration for its musical theater camp for children who have completed full-day kindergarten and those in first through seventh grades. Available camp dates are July 7-25, and July 28 through Aug. 8. A limited number of scholarships may be available. Kathy Verheul, 410-730-3987.

Senior Wii club : Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks will offer a Wii Club for ages 55 and older, at 10 a.m. Tuesdays at the Bain Center. Participants can improve hand-eye coordination and get some exercise while competing against their peers in the interactive video game. The first game is free. 410-313-7320.

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.

Benefit sale : Brighton Collectibles and Kokopelli at The Mall in Columbia will collect donations and sell products next month to benefit initiatives to help the poor in Africa. Both stores will sell products to benefit Kazuri, a cottage industry in Nairobi, Kenya, that employs about 100 women to make hand-painted ceramic beads. The stores will sell jewelry containing these beads and others created by Brighton. The stores will also sell bottles of water, wristbands and T-shirts to benefit Charity: Water, an organization that works to provide safe drinking water to communities in Africa, India and South America. and

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