Improvisational comedy classes offered to students

December 25, 2005

The Wilde Lake Community Association will sponsor "IMPROV-OUT," a weekly series of improvisational comedy classes, beginning Jan. 5 at Slayton House in the Wilde Lake Village Green.

Level I, basic improv, will be held from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Thursdays; Level II, intermediate improv, will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Michael Herdson and Brandon Palm, founding members of Slapdash Improv Comedy, will teach the eight-week classes for middle and high school students.

The cost is $200. Registration is requested. Space is limited. Information: 410-730-3987.

Fencing classes slated for all levels

The Wilde Lake Community Association will offer fencing classes on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday nights from Jan. 9 to March 29 at Slayton House in the Wilde Lake Village Green.

Beginner Squires (ages 7 to 12) will meet from 6:30 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. Mondays. The cost is $60 for 10 classes. Intermediate Squires (for current students, ages 7 to 12) will meet from 7:20 p.m. to 8:05 p.m. The cost is $60 for 10 classes.

Advanced Squires (no age specified) will meet from 7 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. Tuesdays. The cost is $65 for 10 classes. And Adult Beginners (age 13 and older) will meet from 7:45 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. Tuesdays. The cost is $65 for 10 classes.

Other adults classes may be available.

Equipment will be provided but each student must purchase additional protection. The cost is $15 for men and $20 for women.

Registration is required. Columbia lien-payers can request a 10 percent discount.

Information: 410-730-3987.

Slayton House plans Scrabble games

Slayton House will offer Scrabble from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Wednesdays on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month, starting Jan. 10.

The free activity is for age 18 and older. Coffee will be served. Some Scrabble boards will be provided or players can bring their own. Donations of games are welcome.

Information: 410-730-3987.

Around Town

Artful journaling -- Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks will sponsor an "Artful Journaling" class for seniors age 55 and older from 9:30 a.m. to noon Jan. 5 through March 9 at the Bain Center, 5470 Ruth Keeton Way. Participants can create journals that combine notations, artwork, memorabilia, recipes and drawings. The cost is $55, plus a materials fee. Supplies will be suggested at the first class. 410-313-7279.`Urban Fiction' -- The Central Library, 10375 Little Patuxent Parkway, will present "Urban Fiction: The Controversy Continues," a program with authors and teachers on the emergence of urban fiction, at 7 p.m. Jan. 11. In partnership with Borders Books & Music, copies of the books will be available for purchase and signing. Registration (age 18 and older) is required. 410-313-7860.`Oakland Nights' -- Town Center Community Association is presenting "Oakland Nights," a new program featuring local musicians in an informal coffeehouse atmosphere, from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. one Friday a month in the ballroom of Historic Oakland. Bill Adams, a singer and guitar player, will perform Jan. 13. Admission is free, but donations for the performers are encouraged. Musicians interested in performing should call Patricia Loeber: 410-730-4744.

Early Columbia -- Author Barbara Kellner will meet with readers and talk about the early pioneers of Columbia at 7 p.m. Jan. 19 at the Central Library. Her new book, Columbia, tells the story of rural farmland that was transformed by James W. Rouse and a team of innovators and follows the planned community's growth and its influence on suburban development. Kellner is manager of the Columbia Archives and host of Columbia Matters, on HCC-TV. Books will be available for purchase and signing. 410-313-7860.

Holmes Program -- The central library, 10375 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia, will sponsor "The World of Sherlock Holmes," a presentation by members of Watson's Tin Box, a local Sherlock Holmes literary society and fan club, at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 25. Characters from the famous stories will share experiences and opinions about the master detective. Everyone - especially middle-schoolers - is welcome. Registration begins Jan. 11. 410-313-7860.

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