Take a class in Raks Al-Sharqi, or belly dancing


September 02, 1997|By Natalie Harvey | Natalie Harvey,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

IT ISN'T ONLY children who return to classes in the fall. Adults have the opportunity to add something new to their schedules, too.

East Columbian Elvy Zakaria is new to our neighborhood this year, but the dance she teaches -- called Raks Al-Sharqi -- has been enjoyed for centuries.

Better known as "belly dancing," the Middle Eastern dance form can be traced to Indian merchants, who introduced it to countries they passed through in their travels.

"The dance nourishes a woman's femininity as well as improving her health," Zakaria says.

"There is no right or wrong movement," she continues. "It comes from the heart. Any choreography only begins after the dancers feel comfortable with the music and rhythm."

The six-week classes begin at 10 a.m. Sept. 16 and 11 a.m. Sept. 17 at Slayton House in Wilde Lake Village.

Zakaria, who holds a master's degree from the University of Oklahoma, taught dancing in Saudi Arabia for 18 months before moving to the United States. She has taught in England and France.

She, her husband, Joseph, and sons Peter, Paul, Micael and Markus live in Kings Contrivance village.

Mothers who would like to take the class may want to register their children for "Fun & Fitness with Ms. Jan" at Slayton House, which runs at the same time.

Information: 410-730-3987.

Speaking of art

Speaking of art, after-school classes for students ages 6 to teens are offered at 4 p.m. at the Columbia Art Center in the Long Reach Shopping Center.

Drawing, painting and ceramics classes are designed for ages 6 to 10.

Ceramics, cartooning and marbling on paper and fabric are planned for ages 11 to 15.

Information: 410-730-0075.

Adults are invited to bring a bag lunch for a free lunchtime video series at noon Mondays, Sept. 8 through Oct. 6, at the Columbia Art Center.

Video photographer Gus Klein will present films on Italy, Greece, Spain and Turkey on Sept. 8. "Black Sea Cruise I" will be on Sept. 15; "Black Sea Cruise II" on Sept. 22.

A video on the Uffizi Gallery will be shown Oct. 6.

Information: 410-740-4479.

The "Both Fish and Fowl" exhibit, which opens Friday at the Columbia Art Center, is the only east Columbia show included in the Howard County weekend art gala "Road to the Arts."

Multimedia real and imaginary fish and bird environments are the subjects of the exhibit.

The public is invited to attend an opening reception from 6 to 9 p.m.

Junior editor

Jessica Rennenkampf's writing talents have earned her a "Junior Editor" credit line in Chesapeake Family magazine.

During the school year, she researched family activities on Maryland's Eastern shore, created a brochure with the information and submitted it to the magazine.

Her information is included in an article about family trips to the Eastern Shore.

Jessica was in 4th grade at Jeffers Hill School last year.

Jeffers Hill prepares

Jeffers Hill's Parent Teacher Association has plans for the 1997-1998 school year.

They've already sponsored a breakfast for the teachers on their first day back at school.

Next on the agenda is tonight's 7: 30 p.m. workshop for parents, "Get to Know Your PTA."

For the fall, they have organized "SCHOOLS NOW," and the Sally Foster gift wrap and chocolates fund-raiser.

For information, call 410-313-6875.

Back to school

Stevens Forest Elementary's kindergarten students and their families have a "Back to School" night at 7 p.m. Sept. 10.

The Parent Teacher Association is sponsoring a "Back to School Night" for all students and their families at 7: 30 Sept. 11 in the school cafeteria.

Solar warning lights were installed last spring on many streets near the schools to remind drivers to observe the 25 mph speed limit.

The bright yellow lights have been turned off during the summer.

Now, they are back on.

Welcome weekend

This is "Welcome Weekend" for parishioners at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church.

The Rev. Richard Tillman is asking everyone to wear a name tag -- provided in the lobby -- before and after services on Saturday and Sunday.

There will be light refreshments, free literature and the opportunity to meet your neighbors.

Chris Youstra, the church's choir director, invites youngsters to join the Children's Choir.

Rehearsals are at 6: 30 p.m. Mondays.

The Children's Choir will sing with the adult choir in a performance of "The Song of Mark" on Oct. 26. The choir performed the piece last spring.

After the concert, they plan to focus on songs for the Christmas concert.

Youstra wants the children to know that it's a fun group.

They will meet new friends and learn new songs.

Kids clubs

"Awana" commander Paul Norris has announced that the South Columbia Baptist Church's kids clubs -- for ages 3 to teens -- welcome children to learn scripture and games.

Grand Prix car building and racing, as well as Club Olympics, are planned.

For details, call 410-381-1877.

Boy Scout Troop 75 is holding its annual free carwash from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Howard County Fire and Rescue Station on Tamar Drive.

Shopping center plans

Oakland Mills Village residents are invited to stop at the Other Barn to see the drawing of the proposed changes for the village center's shopping area.

New board member

Congratulations to Neil Dorsey.

Owen Brown village manager Ruth Bohse has announced that Dorsey has been appointed to fill the vacancy on the Owen Brown village board of directors until the 1998 spring election.

Many residents will recognize his name. He was a member of the board in 1974.

Pub Date: 9/02/97

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