Learn to dance like Fred and Ginger at Slayton house


August 17, 1994|By LARRY STURGILL

If you watch the Nostalgia Channel on cable TV, you've probably seen Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire glide gracefully across a dance floor or two, wishing you could dance like that.

Well, perhaps you'll never be as graceful as Ginger and Fred, but you can learn how to dance the Tango, Foxtrot, Waltz and a few other fancy steps at Slayton House this fall.

Those who have missed the opportunity in the past can now join John Taylor's Ballroom Dancing class. Sessions with Columbia's ever-popular dance master begin on Sept. 12, from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Singles and couples are welcome to join the four-week course to learn some of the popular dances of yesteryear that have withstood the test of time, as well as some of today's popular dances.

The cost is $24 per person. For additional information, call Carole Black, Slayton House Program Coordinator, at 730-3987.


Gather up the entire family tonight and head for Lake Kittamaqundi in Town Center for one of the most entertaining family shows of the summer.

At 8 p.m., the Columbia Lakefront Summer Festival will offer an evening of songs and laughter with entertainers Sue Trainor, Eileen Joyner and Don Stallone presenting a round robin songfest of "The Funniest Songs We Know (Family Edition)."

This show is sure to draw a crowd, so come early, get a good spot to put your blanket, and enjoy the music.

For additional information on this and other Lakefront Festival activities, call 381-9585.


One of the more popular social events in Columbia is the Howard County General Hospital's Tennis Tournament and Social.

Reservations are now being accepted for the Saturday, Sept. 10 event to be held on the tennis courts at Howard Community College. This year will be the seventh annual tournament, and will benefit the hospital's Health Sciences Library.

Scheduled events include a continental breakfast, then a a serve and volley clinic at 8 a.m. Tournament play is a pot luck/round robin that includes women's, men's and mixed doubles.

The tournament will begin at 9 a.m. with women's doubles matches. Mixed doubles will begin at 11 a.m., with men's double matches to follow at 1 p.m. The finals will begin at 3 p.m.

Entry fees are $50 for Category 1 play; $25 for Category 2; and $20 for social and spectator participation. The fee includes a T-shirt for tennis players, the continental breakfast, a light lunch and a buffet dinner.

Call 740-7810 for additional information and entry forms.


Congratulations to Cynthia B. Braandt, a member of the Maryland Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America. She is among the recently named 1994-1995 committee chairmen of the organization's local chapter.

The PRSA has 14,000 members nationally, representing all areas of business, industry, and government agencies, as well as non-profit organizations.

Ms. Braandt, a graduate of Goucher College with a B.A. in economics and management, is director of marketing and public relations for Glass, Jacobson and Associates, P.A., who have offices in the Rouse Co. building in Town Center.

She is also a student of the martial arts (Kung Fu Tai Chi), and two weeks ago, won the 1994 U.S. Women's Kung Fu title in her weight class.


An odd coincidence perhaps, but as I was driving past the "old" Wilde Lake High School last weekend, the oldies station on the car stereo fired up "Eve of Destruction," Barry Maguire's trollish '60s opus to the decline of civilization and the end of the world as we know it.

A chain link fence now surrounds the property and the destruction of the school has begun. And, while it will not have worldly significance, many people will be saddened when the walls of Wilde Lake High School finally crumble to the wrecking ball.

However, the loss will only be momentary, as evidenced by the nearly completed River Hill High School and the planned rebirth of Wilde Lake High School in 1996.

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