Events for All Ages Happening at Claret Hall

As soon as we rang in 2012, River Hill residents began attending a wide range of events at Claret Hall, and we are here to assure you there will be many more to look forward to this year. River Hill’s diverse demographic of residents from very young children to senior residents comprised of many nationalities makes it necessary to offer different types of activities to get everyone involved. Involvement of all of our residents is one of the main goals that the River Hill Community Association is striving towards. The Wildlife Adventures program visited Claret Hall when schools were closed on January 23. The kids and parents really enjoyed the many different types of animals that were shown, touched and discussed. There were animals big and small, slithery and soft to satisfy each person. Based on the reactions of the participants, the boa constrictor and the hedgehog were the favorites. Each child also received a viewfinder with a picture taken with their favorite animal.

The River Hill 50 Plus Club has started up and has taken off with a bang! Residents came out to enjoy an evening of making new friends and discussions of what is available in the Columbia area for people 50 plus. The plan for the group is to continue meeting at Claret Hall on a regular basis, make new friends, share information and plan and do on-site and off-site group activities. In honor of the recent Chinese New Year celebrations, Joy Cheung, a River Hill resident, will be showing slides of the flower markets, gold fish markets, boats in the harbor, off shore islands and more from her Hong Kong trip in October 2011. The next meeting will be held on Tuesday, February 21 at 7 p.m. at Claret Hall. You do not need to be a River Hill resident to attend.

On Thursday, February 16, students have a half day and what is a better way than to spend the second half of your day helping others? The Teen Advisory Committee will be sponsoring a blanket making session for middle and high schoolers. These blankets will be donated to the national charity, Project Linus – The “blanketeers” will be making no-sew, fleece blankets to be donated to other teens that will provide love, a sense of security, warmth and comfort to children who are seriously ill, traumatized, or otherwise in need. If you are interested in participating, please come to Claret Hall at 12:30 p.m. on February 16 with 2 yards of polar fleece material for each blanket you are interested in making. Directions, examples and scissors will be provided for the participants. This activity is eligible for community service hours. If you would like to participate or have questions, please call 410-531-1749 or email

Only one month of the year has passed which leaves eleven more for you to get involved in our River Hill community by attending events and volunteering for the River Hill Community Association Board, RAC Committee or other committees. We hope you will start this process of getting involved by checking out our website at and “Liking Us” on Facebook to keep up on what’s happening here and in the surrounding communities. We look forward to seeing you

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