Talent Showcase set Saturday at community college

April 28, 2004

The Howard County Center of African American Culture will present its sixth Talent Showcase at 2 p.m. Saturday in the Instructional Lab Building at Howard Community College.

"We have over 25 students who will be performing, ages 5-12. They are featuring dancing, singing, monologues, rapping, instrumental, as well as gymnastics. And it's a glorious thing to see these students performing at such a young age," said the center's executive director, Wylene S. Burch.

The showcase, "Spotlighting the Talents of Howard County," is not competitive. Every child will get a trophy and a certificate, Burch said.

The Pearl Foundation of Iota Lambda Omega Chapter, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, is co-sponsoring the event.

Tickets are $5 for adults; $2 for children ages 5 to 12. Children to age 5 are admitted free.

Information: 410-715-1921.

Atholton High shines in music competition

The Atholton High School music department participated in Festivals of Music 2004, a regional high school competition April 16-17 in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

The school's orchestra, concert choir, jazz choir, Madrigals, men's quartet and symphonic wind ensemble all took first place with a rating of superior. The concert band and jazz ensemble took second place, a rating of excellent."On the East Coast, Howard County is way up there and very rarely gets beaten," said Lee Stevens, band director and chairman of the music department. "I was very pleased with how all the groups performed. ... What we were capable of doing, we did a little better than that in every respect."

Individual awards went to Steven Eddy, who was named outstanding jazz soloist -- saxophone; Jason Shafer was outstanding accompanist -- piano; and Emily Rozanski, outstanding vocal soloist.

The music department will present its end-of-the-year concert next week in two parts: at 7:30 p.m. May 4 and May 7 at the school.

Tickets, available at the door, are $5; $3 for students and senior citizens.

Information: 410-313-7075.

Longfellow Elementary spring fair is Saturday

Longfellow Elementary School will hold its spring fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

The Longfellow Dance Company, under the direction of Tammie Rudzinski, and other groups will perform. Games, hot dogs, soft drinks, cotton candy, snow cones, a cakewalk and face painting are among the attractions.

Tickets are four for $1.

Information: 410-313-6879.

Around Town

Yoga: Wilde Lake Community Association offers yoga classes with Kat Kelly-Chung, for those ages 16 and older, from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursdays, through May 20, at Bryant Woods Neighborhood Center. The cost is $17 a class. Lunchtime yoga with Sharon Baranson will be offered from noon to 1 p.m. Mondays through June 14. No class will be held May 31. The cost is $80 for eight classes, with a 10 percent discount for Columbia lien-payers. Registration is required; space is limited. 410-730-3987.

Help for parents: Wilde Lake Community Association is sponsoring Saturday morning seminars for parents, led by Eva Skrenta of the Adler-Dreikurs Parenting Program. The seminars are held from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Slayton House in Wilde Lake Village Center. "Communicate So Children Will Listen" will be offered May 8. The cost is $15 a person; $22 a couple. Registration is required. 410-730-3987.

Artisans sought: Wilde Lake Community Association is seeking artisans to participate in its juried craft fair at the Taste of Wilde Lake, scheduled from noon to 4 p.m. May 22. Free food, entertainment and children's games are planned. The cost is $10 a space. 410-730- 3987.

Arts camp: Slayton House Camp of the Arts in Wilde Lake Village is accepting registration for ages 7 to 13. A junior conservatory for ages 11 to 13 and senior conservatory for ages 14 to 16 will accept campers by audition only. 410-730-3987.

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