Jester to offer April Fool's Day program

March 19, 2006

A professional jester will present a one-man show at 7:30 p.m. April 1 at Slayton House on Wilde Lake Village Green.

Peter Geist will entertain with magic, pantomime, physical comedy and juggling.

Tickets are $12; $10 for children to age 18. A discount of $1 is offered to Columbia lien-payers.

Wilde Lake Community Association's "Marvelous Movies and More" film series will continue with a showing of the 1951 film A Streetcar Named Desire, with Marlon Brando, Vivian Leigh, Kim Hunter and Karl Malden, directed by Elia Kazan, at 7:30 p.m. March 31 at Slayton House Theatre. Film critic Mike Giuliano will lead a short discussion after the film. Dessert and coffee will be served.

The cost is $7; $6 for senior citizens and students.

Information: 410-730-3987.

Water main work to begin tomorrow

Construction is scheduled to begin tomorrow to connect water and sewer mains to the new Scotts Glen North development on Cedar Lane at the intersection with Owen Brown Road in Hickory Ridge village.

Temporary, single-lane closures may be necessary on Cedar Lane between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Signs and flagging will direct traffic around the construction zone. There will be access to all the properties in the project area.

After construction, lawn and pavement areas will be restored. The project is scheduled to be completed early next month.

Information: 410-313-3440.

Kids' items are focus of nearly new sale

Running Brook Children's Nursery will hold its Nearly New Children's Consignment Sale from 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. April 1, rain or shine, at Running Brook Neighborhood Center, 5730 Columbia Road.

Gently used children's clothing, toys, baby equipment and other items will be available at reasonable prices.

Information: 410-997-4662.

Spring registration set for play groups

Town Center Community Association is accepting registration for its spring session of Parents and Tots Play Groups.

A session for children ages 6 months to 4 years will begin March 27; for children 24 months to 4 years, March 28; and for children 6 months to 2 years, March 29. The 10-week sessions will be held from 10 a.m. to noon at Historic Oakland, 5430 Vantage Point Road.

The cost is $25 a child for Columbia residents; $27.50 for nonresidents. Siblings can enroll for half-price. Classes fill rapidly. Information: 410-730-4744.

Around Town

Scrabble -- Slayton House offers Scrabble from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month. The free activity is for those ages 18 and older. Coffee will be served. Scrabble boards will be provided or players can take their own. Donations of games are welcome. 410-730-3987.

Drawing, painting -- Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks will offer classes in drawing and painting for those ages 55 and older at the Bain Center from 1:15 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. Thursdays, this week through May 25. The cost is $55. 410-313-7279.

For children -- Rainbow Theatre at Slayton House will present Pam the Kindersinger and Rascal at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Friday. The interactive show for children ages 2 to 7 includes songs, puppets, storytelling and comedy. Tickets, which should be purchased in advance, are $4.50. If available at the door, tickets cost $5.50. Performances are sponsored by the Wilde Lake Community Association. 410-730-3987.

Swing it -- Ariston and Monica DeLeon will lead an evening of swing dancing from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday in the ballroom at Historic Oakland. Participants will learn six-count jitterbug and other swing steps to 1940s big-band music. Tickets are $5. No dance partner is needed. Attendance is limited to 60 people. 410-730-4744.

Softball clinic -- A Lady Raider Softball Clinic for girls in grades 5 to 8 will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday at Atholton High School. The camp's goal is to provide instruction in the fundamentals of softball. Campers will receive individual instruction in teamwork, effort, sportsmanship and confidence. Each girl will receive a camp shirt. The camp will be conducted by the Atholton softball staff and players. The cost is $30. 410-313-7065.

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