Hometown talent to be seen on new TV show


September 09, 1997|By Natalie Harvey | Natalie Harvey,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

COLUMBIA'S KINderman soon will be seen on television.

John Taylor's musical talents with dance and song are a Columbia institution.

Now, he is taking his showmanship on television to entertain children within WMAR's viewing range.

The program, "Kindertime," kicks off at 7: 30 a.m. Oct. 4 -- a good time to start a child's day with a song.

Parents of children 3- to 8 years old will be able to share in the fun with a Kindertime Family Fun Activity Packet, soon to be available at toy, book, grocery and convenience stores.

Columbia's children have grown up with Taylor's "One, Two, Three" routine at schools and civic and holiday events.

He is well known in Howard and Baltimore counties.

"Kindertime" will feature children singing, playing games and having fun.

The program's cast includes two sets of "twins" -- East Columbian Shari Grue and Judy Templeton make up one pair; the other set is Bill Yee and Alta Renae.

Additional characters that will appear on the show are an animated Kinder Kat, puppets Silly Goose and Rufus and the Reluctant Dragon.

Peter O'Neal, technical director of "Homicide," is president and chief executive officer of Interactive Children's Television Inc., parent company of the program.

Steven Jones is the production manager, and Kathryn Moore is producer.

Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. is the show's commercial sponsor.

Templeton, a Columbia dance instructor, is offering a new class, Acting For TV, at 4 p.m. on Thursdays this fall at the Drama Learning Center, on Basket Ring Road in the Talbott Springs Neighborhood Center in Oakland Mills.

Welcome to church

Parishioners of St. John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church, at Columbia's Oakland Mills and Wilde Lake interfaith centers, welcomed the Rev. Bill Viola to the parish last week.

Father Viola, a member of the Archdiocese of Baltimore, has just returned from working with the Sulpician Fathers.

Barbara Hope of St. John the Evangelist and the Rev. William Hayman Jr. of the Lutheran Church of the Living Word have issued an alert about fraudulent canvassing in Columbia by people claiming to represent the Coalition for Compassion.

Hayman and Hope -- who work for the Coalition, which, supported by several dozen community congregations, provides financial support to people in need -- report telephone calls from someone claiming to represent the group, asking to pick up money to help out a poverty-stricken recipient.

The coalition doesn't give money directly to those it helps, it writes a check to apartment complexes or utilities. Nor does it solicit over the phone.

Anyone receiving such a call should notify Hayman, 410-730-1970, or Hope, 410-964-1434, and the police.

Happy birthday

Anne Dodd, Kings Contrivance village manager, reports that the village is preparing to celebrate its 20th birthday.

When you have a celebration, you need a committee.

Volunteers need not be residents for 20 years. Serving on the committee can be a benefit for all residents, who will have the opportunity to learn the history of the village and make new friends.

This would be a good time to look for personal memorabilia and photographs of village events -- anything that would add to the fun of the celebration.

Information: 410-381-9600, or stop at Amherst House in the village shopping center.

Joyful noise

New Hope Lutheran Church's Volunteers of the Month are the Joyful Noise musicians who play at church services.

They also played at the Delaware-Maryland Synod Assembly, and St. Peter's Lutheran Church in Ocean City this summer.

Newest members are flutist Tobii Quintern, and bass guitarist Nicholas Hanewinckel.

They join Lynda Banfer, Sue Biermann, Alice Burnett, Rick Everett, Elizabeth Fixsen, Doug Hanewinckel, Jean Hartsock, Jeff Jordan, T.K. Lee, Michele Marks, Paulette Scott, Larisa Stahl, Marla Stahl and Brian Workman.

New Hope's handbell choir welcomes new members -- children in fourth grade and up and adults, who will learn to play handbells.

Information: 410-381-HOPE.

Tour de gym

Like to cycle? Don't have a bike? Try Studio Cycling at Supreme Sports Club, Deepage Drive and Route 108.

J.J. Pearl, fitness director, has selected certified instructors for the sport, which does not depend on the weather.

Information: 410-381-5355.

Supreme Sports Club has a special Kids Night Out from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. every third Friday.

Kids, ages 7 to 10 and 11 to 13, can join Club Friday for a sports evening.

Children in grades one through eight are also welcome from 8: 30 a.m. to 3: 30 p.m. on school holidays for planned activities that include skating, movies, sports and games.

Information: 410-381-5355.

Local atelier

Artists interested in drawing from the model are invited to drop by the Columbia Art Center, in the Long Reach village shopping center, from 7: 30 to 10 p.m. on Monday evenings.

A facilitator will oversee each session's poses: Gesture poses (for 5- to 10-minute studies) and 20-minute poses for more detailed, careful work.

There will be different models each week.

Instruction is not provided.

The cost is $7 a session.

Information: 410-730-0075.

Pub Date: 9/09/97

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