Performers sought for `Battle of the Dance'

December 18, 2005

The Columbia Association's Teen Advisory Committee is seeking performers to participate in "The Battle of the Dance," an individual and team dance contest, to be held from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 4 at Oakland Mills Community Center, 5851 Robert Oliver Place.

Each act is asked to bring music on a compact disc (no explicit lyrics are allowed) and will be given five minutes to perform. All varieties of dance are welcome.

Three local dance professionals will judge the competition, and prizes will be offered to the best performer in each category.

Those interested should register by Jan. 27.

Information or registration: 410-715-5523.

`Draw and Paint' classes for seniors

Carol Zika will offer "You Can Draw and Paint" classes, for seniors ages 55 and older, from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Jan. 6 through March 10 at the East Columbia Senior Center in the east Columbia library, 6600 Cradlerock Way.

Students should bring watercolors, oils, pastels or whatever materials they have. The instructor will provide direction for beginners and experienced dabblers. Materials to be purchased will be discussed at the first class.

Registration is due as soon as possible. The cost is $55 plus materials.

The class is sponsored by Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks, which will also offer "Watercolors with Carol Zika" from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Fridays, Jan. 6 through March 10 at the senior center.

The cost is $55.

Information or registration: 410-313-7279.

Military

Completes training -- Navy Seaman Apprentice Nathan E. Anderson, a 2004 graduate of Hammond High School, has completed Navy Basic Training at Recruit Training Command in Great Lakes, Ill.

Around Town

At the library -- The east Columbia library, 6600 Cradlerock Way, will sponsor a presentation by master gardener Georgia Eacker at 7 p.m. Jan. 3 on pruning trees and shrubs. Registration is requested.

The Black Fiction Book club will discuss Bebe's By Golly Wow, by Yolanda Joe, at 1 p.m. Jan. 7. Copies of the books are available at the branch, and registration is not needed.

The Good Reads Book club will discuss A Fine Balance, by Rohinton Mistry, at 7 p.m. Jan. 11. Registration is not needed.

"Untangling the Web," a program on Internet searching techniques using a variety of search engines, is planned at the library at 10:30 a.m. Jan. 18. Registration begins Jan. 4. The library is at 6600 Cradlerock Way. 410-313-7700.

Pilates classes -- Long Reach Community Association will offer Pilates exercise classes for adults from 7:30 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. Tuesdays, Jan. 10 through Feb. 28, at 8775 Cloudleap Court. The cost for the eight-week session is $96, with a 5 percent discount for those living on Columbia Association-assessed property. 410-730-8113.

Girls' dressing -- Columbia Teen Center, 5851 Robert Oliver Place, in Oakland Mills Village Center, will offer a six-week workshop for girls ages 11 to 17 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesdays, beginning Jan. 10. The class, taught by Dress to Impress, will cover skin, hair and nail care; makeup; fashion coordination; personal hygiene; and tips about personality, manners, and other topics. The session will end with a professional fashion show. The cost is $250 for Columbia residents; $300 for non-residents. Bobbie Whyte, 410-992-3726.

Registration open -- East Columbia Preschool has openings in its Monday-Wednesday-Friday afternoon class for 4-year-olds. 410-290-9166.

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