PTA's festival emphasizes arts, diversity

NEIGHBORS

April 20, 1994|By LARRY STURGILL

Running Brook Elementary School is sponsoring an International Arts Festival this month. The festival features performers from different parts of the world who will use interactive programs to provide the children with a taste of the world's cultural diversity.

The monthlong festival is sponsored by the Running Brook PTA, with financial help from the Maryland State Arts Council's Artists-in-Education Program, and a supporting grant from the Howard County Arts Council.

The festival opened last week with a performance by the First World Theatre group. Their program, entitled "Bright Moments in Great Black Music," explored the history of Afro-American music and its transition from the work songs and spirituals of slaves, to contemporary blues, jazz, reggae, soul and pop music.

Other programs to be presented during the month are: "The Land of Stories," by Amita Sarin, a storyteller from India; Danza del Rio, a Spanish flamenco troupe that will perform regional, classical and flamenco dances; and Australian singer Seona McDowell.

The International Arts Festival will close on April 29 with an evening performance for parents, grandparents and students by Seona McDowell. The program, entitled "Citizens of the World," uses sing-a-longs and audience participation to emphasize the benefits of world unity and the need of everyone to work together to preserve both ourselves and our planet.

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John Taylor has been teaching the people in Columbia how to dance for 15 years. During that time, hundreds of students have learned the waltz, foxtrot, tango and other dances. Without doubt, he is Columbia's favorite dance instructor, and a grandmaster of ballroom dancing.

On Tuesday, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., at Slayton House in Wilde Lake village, Mr. Taylor is inviting everyone to a one-night "Ballroom Dance Crash Course." Singles and couples, former students and new, are welcome to this ballroom party to celebrate Mr. Taylor's birthday.

Those who walk in can waltz out at the end of the evening.

The cost is $12 per person. Make reservations by calling 730-3987.

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Congratulations to West Columbia's Teresa Love. The Mount de Sales Academy junior was recently named Athlete of the Week by The Sun. She received the award for her two record-setting performances at the Christiana Relays Track Meet in Newark, Del.

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Much to her credit, Carol Black, the program coordinator at Slayton House, is always searching for new offerings and her new find is for wordsmiths, present and future.

"Movement and Metaphor" is the title of a new class for those seeking to explore the relationship between creative writing, movement, and guided imagery -- an interesting concept, to say the least.

The six-week course will be taught by Karen Arnold and Kini Collins. Dr. Arnold, who has a Ph.D in English, has taught writing and poetry classes at both the University of Maryland, College Park, and at the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis. Ms. Collins, who teaches martial arts, has a black belt in aikido and has written articles for martial arts magazines.

The course begins at Slayton House tomorrow, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. The cost is $60. For registration information, call 730-3987.

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The Howard County Department of Health is offering a rabies vaccination clinic for cats and dogs tonight, from 6 to 8 o'clock, at two locations -- the Howard County Animal Control Facility, 8576 Davis Road (off Waterloo Road) and at the Clarksville Fire Department, at routes 108 and 32.

Pets receiving their first vaccination must be at least 3 months old. Pets who have been previously vaccinated must bring written proof of their last vaccination. All animals must be restrained by leashes or in a pet carrier.

The fee is $4 and exact change is requested. For more information, call 313-2642.

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