East Columbia offers a multitude of skaters for 'The Nutcracker' December performances


November 28, 1995|By Natalie Harvey | Natalie Harvey,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

EAST COLUMBIA will be well represented in this year's Columbia Figure Skating Club performances of Tchaikovsky's "The Nutcracker" at the Columbia Ice Rink, Oakland Mills Shopping Center, Thunder Hill and Santiago Roads.

Pam Pittman of Owen Brown village is director of the holiday show. Pat Muth, professional skater and the show's artistic director, lives in Thunder Hill and has been an enthusiastic promoter of Columbia's figure-skating group for 22 years.

The fun of skating is a family affair for Amanda, Amy, Alicia and Charles Butler, Kaitlin and Jill Benson and sisters Katie and Laura Lafaw.

Troupe skaters Amy Adler, Nichole Brown, Nina Charity, Kelsey Church, Lauren Clark, Julie Glisan, Lisa Headen, Heather Hutcheson, Rachel Kasmir, Valerie Kuehne, Rayanne Lane, Kirsten Long, Elizabeth Malone, Tiffany Mead, Ryan Pfeferstein, Sydney Sigler, Brittany Sobwick, Pat Stephens and Jessica Straub have been perfecting their routines for the 5:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. performances Dec. 10 and 17.

Membership in the club is open to skaters of varying ages and skating skills. Members have the advantage of five hours of "private ice" each week and membership in the United States Figure Skating Association, which provides opportunities for skating competitions.

Tickets, at $4 each, may be purchased in advance, 730-0322 or 730-0321, or at the door before the shows. (A word of caution: Previous years' dates were sold out well before skating time.)

Hammond tree sale

Hammond High School Baseball Booster Jan Scammell notes that the club is selling Christmas trees as a fund-raiser. Proceeds will be used to build dugouts for the baseball field.

Customers can select from blue spruce, white pine or Douglas fir on three days: Dec. 8 (3 p.m. to 9 p.m.); Dec. 9 (9 a.m. to 9 p.m.); and Dec. 10 (10 a.m. to 7 p.m.) in the parking lot next to the school on Guilford Road.

Information: 381-7652.

Oakland tree sale

Coordinator Dorothy Fletcher reminds families who ordered Conifer Ridge Farm holiday trees and wreaths from Oakland Mills High School that because of fewer trees were ordered this year, a combined delivery will be at the Wilde Lake Interfaith Center from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 13. Extra trees and wreaths will be for sale.

Besides the school's percentage of sales, 10 percent is donated by Conifer owners Dan and Myrtle Haldeman to Heifer Project International, which supplies animals to families throughout the world. The Haldemans are former East Columbia residents.

Information: 313-6945.

Holiday decorating

Director Rebecca Bafford invites homemakers who enjoy making their own holiday decorations to join a class on making tree-shaped colonial fruit and boxwood cone centerpieces at 7 p.m. Dec. 7 at Columbia Art Center. Call 740-4479 for details.

Supreme breakfast

Santa Claus has a busy schedule this time of the year, but he is taking time to visit the Supreme Sports Club on Snowden River Parkway and Deepage Drive in Owen Brown village on Dec. 9 for breakfast at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m.

Tickets may be purchased at the front desk.

Information: 381-5355.

If your children want to make it a two-meal day with Santa (or just prefer lunch), parents can make reservations for children 3 to 8 rTC to have 11:30 a.m. lunch with Santa Claus on Dec. 9 at Owen Brown Community Center, 6800 Cradlerock Way.

Minnie and Mickey Mouse (Nancy and Shari of "Let's Play") will join the children. Reservations and information: 381-0202.

Doll show

A doll show, "Marnee's Dolls," will be on exhibit until Jan. 4 in "Montage," the children's gallery at Columbia Art Center, Long Reach Village Shopping Center.

The dolls were created by "Marnee" Krizek, a former clown who has been making them since she joined Clowns of America 30 years ago. The dolls and their costumes reflect her personal interest in various cultures' folk traditions.

The public is invited to the opening reception from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Dec. 8. Information: 730-0075.

Cookie workshop

Oakland Mills Village Center's the Other Barn is sponsoring a "Hansel and Gretel Cookie Cottage" workshop with Peta Jacobs. Ms. Jacobs has taught the class for nine years. Children 6 and older can construct a cookie trimmed with candles, icing and sugarplums. It can be a fun gift as well as a holiday decoration.

Preregistration (730-4610 or 596-5237) is required for the 4:15 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. classes Dec. 5 or the 7:30 p.m. class Dec. 6.

Super sitters

Holidays seem to bring more special social functions, which, in turn, could raise the need for baby-sitters.

Girls and boys 11 to 14 can attend a "Super Baby-sitter" course from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 9 at the Barn at the Oakland Mills Village Center. The course is sponsored by the Columbia Association's Teen Center and Health Quest Inc.

A $25 fee includes lunch and a tote bag.

Lights tour

Senior residents of Owen Brown Place who would like to take the escorted "Holiday Lights Tour" at 6 p.m. Dec. 17 are asked to pre-register by calling 730-8113.

Pickup will be at Owen Brown Place.

The tour is sponsored by East Columbia's Owen Brown and Long Reach villages and West Columbia's Florence Bain Senior Center and Hickory Ridge village.

Historical tales

Children's librarian Theresa Shaw invites children 7 and up to come to East Columbia Library's "American Girls' Holiday Happening" on Dec. 12 at 4:30 p.m. or Dec. 16 at 11 a.m.

The program tells the children historical tales and describes historic games and pastimes (before computers and television).

Registration begins Thursday by calling 313-7730 or in person.

Development discussion

Residents of Hopewell Neighborhood in Owen Brown village can attend a 7:30 meeting tonight in the Elkhorn Room of Owen Brown Community Center. The Owen Brown Village Board will discuss the Owen Brown South Commercial Development.

Information: 381-0202.

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