Forest Ridge rec center offers activities to beat winter blahs NORTH LAUREL/SAVAGE


January 08, 1993|By LOURDES SULLIVAN

Welcome to 1993! Ah, the resolutions: to lose weight, read more, try a new hobby, donate more to charity, get organized, expose the children to art, get involved in community affairs, be a better person by next December.


Resolutions are not meant to be broken, so here are some activities to help keep those new promises.

First of all the Forest Ridge Elementary Recreation Center on Gorman Road announces a plethora of new activities for the winter months. For those of us who never met a calorie we didn't like (I might as well introduce Hershey bars to my hips. They'll meet up eventually.) and who, in a fit of healthy remorse, decided to improve ourselves, the Recreation and Parks Department is offering Aerobics Plus Step.

Monday-Wednesday and Tuesday-Thursday classes begin Jan. 11 and 12. Both hour-long sessions begin at 7 p.m.

Information: 313-2723.

For students from kindergarten through second grade, the recreation center is offering Beginning Acting classes, which culminate in a public performance of the musical "Bunny Ears" at the Drama Learning Center in Jessup.

The classes are held in the recreation center Wednesdays at 4:30 p.m., beginning Jan 13. Register now for the six-week course, or call the Department of Parks and Recreation for more details at 313-2762.

Brian Emelson, the center coordinator, is especially pleased to present On The Ball, a one-hour basketball demonstration and audience-participation event staring Spencer "Spinny" Johnson, formerly of the Harlem Globetrotters. Mr. Johnson will bring his amazing ball-handling skills to the center Feb. 20 at 1 p.m.

Space is limited, so get your tickets by sending a self-addressed envelope to Howard County Recreation and Parks, 3300 North Ridge Road, No. 170, Ellicott City, Md. 21043. Cost is $5 per family.

Information: 313-2723


Laura Capano is still looking for more collections and ideas for the display case in front of the children's section of the Savage branch library. She's particularly interested in displaying collections from younger owners, but won't discriminate against ex-children. The offers she's received so far include Snoopy items, a collection of international milk bottles, Sherlock Holmes memorabilia, and model trains.

Ms. Capano may not accept all the collections offered, as space is limited, but call her at (410) 880-5978 for more details about sharing your treasures with the rest of us for a few weeks.


The Savage Homemakers will meet at 11 a.m. Thursday at the home of Sherri Kennedy, 8830 Baltimore St. in Savage. She and Arleen Witmayer will be the hostesses, serving dessert and beverages. Club president Charlotte Watts invites area homemakers to this lightly structured social and educational hour. Bring a bag lunch and young children if you have them.


The Savage Community Association will conduct its January meeting at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday , in Carroll Baldwin Hall, Foundry and Baltimore streets, Savage. The annual $5 per household membership is due. This would be cheap at twice the ZTC price. Send an additional $2 to receive the newsletter by mail. Send your check to SCA, P.O. Box 22, Savage, Md. 20763.


Individuals and community organizations are invited to join the Howard County Citizen's Association. HCCA lobbies and testifies before the County Council on local issues.

For instance, HCCA has been actively involved the county's proposed rezoning of eastern Howard and other land use issues. The next meeting is set for Wednesday night at Pointers Run Elementary in Clarksville, Route 32 and Trotter Road.

On the agenda is a presentation by the county Department of Planning and Zoning on the regulatory framework and the development review process. The discussion will cover land development regulations, forest conservation, the design manual, storm water management, sediment and erosion control, wetlands and waterways permits.

Also on the agenda is the election of officers. The slate includes Carol Filipczak, president; Bill Waff, vice president; Bob Solem, secretary; Steve Lee, treasurer; and area vice presidents for the first through fifth districts, Scott Hoeksema, Angela Beltram, Ray Puzio, Lloyd Knowles and Susan Scheidt.

For more information about HCCA, write to P.O. Box 89, Ellicott City, Md. 21041. Use the same address to mail in the $5 membership fee.


Mike Young, of the Columbia Improvisational Theater Association, announces its next interactive literature event "Who Slew Kate McGrew," April 16-18, at the Columbia Inn in Columbia.

An interactive literature event is a cross between a play and a game such as the "How to Host a Murder" games that bookstores sell. Each of the players is given a fictitious character, a set of goals to accomplish and some knowledge of other characters.

The organizers, in this case Mr. Young and the other members of the Columbia Improvisational Theater Association, provide a setting, plot, twists, surprises, simple rules and tie-breaking decisions. But what actually happens is up to the players.

The weekend-long game is a murder mystery set on an island artist's colony in 1952. Characters include artists, a shady political refugee, beatniks, actors, McCarthyites and Communists, art patrons and men in gray flannel suits.

Register early to get your preferred character type and personality (Mr. Young will tailor a character to your specifications if asked early enough) and to save $5. Character packets and rules will be mailed to players a few weeks before the event.

Cost is $40 until April 1, $45 thereafter.

Information: (301) 621-6228.

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