Community event and pizza party

The Baltimore Sun

In celebration of National Night Out, a national crime-prevention campaign encouraging neighbors to build a sense of community, the Wilde Lake Community Association will offer a pizza party for village residents from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Aug. 5 at Slayton House in the Wilde Lake Village Green.

Tickets, which are limited to the first 100 people, are available at Slayton House. The event will be held rain or shine.

National Night Out is designed to help communities pull together to fight drugs and crime and to promote police-community partnerships.

County Executive Ken Ulman, members of the County Council, police officers, the mobile command post and McGruff the Crime Dog will travel around the community to attend National Night Out events.

Information: 410-730-3987.

Around Town

Vendors sought : The Town Center Community Association is seeking craft vendors for a juried annual Holiday Craft Fair, to be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 22 at Historic Oakland, the 19th-century restored building at 5430 Vantage Point Road. Patricia Loeber, 410-730-4744.

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 tomorrow through Aug. 8. A limited number of scholarships may be available. Kathy Verheul, 410-730-3987.

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.

Reading bug : The Central Library, 10375 Little Patuxent Parkway, will offer the following classes for children in kindergarten through fifth grade.

*"Buggy About Sign Language," a chance for all ages to explore the insect world through American Sign Language, will be offered at 1:30 p.m. Friday. Storyteller and signer Kathy MacMillan will lead the 60-minute class. Registration is required.

*"Dinosaur Bugs," a chance for children ages 6-10 to make their own dinosaur will be offered at 1:30 p.m. Aug. 5. Registration begins Tuesday.

*"Bug juice and Chocolate-covered Spiders," a program for ages 6 and older on facts, stories and recipes involving insects, will be at 1:30 p.m. Aug. 6. Participants can make a treat with gummy bugs. Registration begins Wednesday.

The library's theme for the Collaborative Summer Library Program, a national effort in which Howard County is participating, is "Catch the Reading Bug." Information: 410-313-7860.

Preschoolers : 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. Aug. 6; the theme will be "Texture." Registration is required.

Dances : The Bain Center Council is presenting a series of dances from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. on selected Fridays at the Bain Center, 5470 Ruth Keeton Way. Ray Mercer will play for the Aug. 8 dance.

Dances are also planned for Sept. 12, Oct. 10, Nov. 14 and Dec. 12. Admission is $5. The November dance is a "Dance for a Donation." 410-313-7213.

Global warming : The Bain Center, 5470 Ruth Keeton Way, will offer a Tuesday Cafe on the topic, "Where's the Ice?" at 11 a.m. Aug. 12.

Discussion, led by a natural resource specialist from the Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks, will focus on the plight of polar bears and choices that can make a difference in global warming.

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