Program promises laughter workout

September 03, 2006

The Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks will sponsor "Another Way to See It" Laughter Club for those ages 55 and older.

The program includes 40 minutes of laughter exercises and group sharing; it is said to lift enthusiasm, morale and motivation, and to encourage improved relationships. The club will meet from 9 a.m. to 9:40 a.m. Mondays, starting Sept. 11, at the Bain Center, 5470 Ruth Keeton Way. The cost is $2 a class.

Information or registration: 410-313-7279.

Slayton House to host free games

Slayton House on Wilde Lake Village Green will offer drop in bridge games Tuesdays, Scrabble on Wednesdays, and a chance to bring a game to play Thursdays.

Sessions will be held from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on the second and fourth weeks of each month, starting Sept. 12. Admission is free.

Some Scrabble boards are provided, or bring your own. Donations of games are welcome.

Information: 410-730-3987.

Around town`King Kong' -- Slayton House Theatre in Wilde Lake Village Center will begin its new season of "Marvelous Movies and More" with the 1933 classic film King Kong, starring Fay Wray, at 7:30 p.m. Friday. Film critic Mike Giuliano will lead a short discussion after the film. Dessert and coffee will be provided. The cost is $7; $6 for senior citizens and students. Seating is limited. 410-730-3987.

Fencing lessons -- Fencing classes for children ages 7 and older and adults will be offered in the fall at Slayton House on Wilde Lake Village Green. Classes, which are to begin soon, are available for beginner, intermediate and advanced fencers. The cost is $75 for nine to 10 classes. Equipment will be provided, but each student must purchase personal protection. Registration is required. Columbia lien payers can request a 10 percent discount. 410-730-3987.

Performing arts -- Judy Templeton and Shari Grue of the new Imagine Foundation will present performing arts classes for children, youth and adults at Slayton House, starting Sept. 11. Classes in musical theater will be offered for children in kindergarten through 10th grade. "Acting for Television" will be offered for youth, grades six and older, and "Musical Theatrix for Adults" will also be offered. "Razz-A-MaTap" dancing classes will be taught by Templeton; "Ray-Dance" will be taught by Ray Hatch. 410-772-9448.

Play groups -- Town Center Community Association is accepting registration for its fall session of Parents & Tots Play Groups, which are to begin the week of Sept. 12. A group for children ages 24 months to 4 years meets Tuesdays; for children ages 6 months to 24 months, Wednesdays; and for children ages 6 months to 4 years old, Thursdays. The 10-week groups meet 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 at half-price. 410-730-4744.

Two feet -- Carol Jorgensen of Two Left Feet Dance will teach Latin and ballroom dances that can be done solo in a six-session program at the Bain Center, 5470 Ruth Keeton Way. Classes will be held at 12:30 p.m. Wednesdays, starting Sept. 13. Participants should wear leather or smooth-soled shoes; sneakers are not allowed. Registration is due by Friday. 410-313-7213.

Belly dancing -- Mia Naja al Sephira will continue to offer Bellydance lessons at Slayton House in Wilde Lake Village Center. The next session runs from Sept. 12 through Oct. 24. The cost is $50. Classes for beginners, ages 14 and older, will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays; for advanced beginners and intermediates, from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.. Students are welcome to drop in for $15 a class. Columbia residents receive a 10 percent discount. Registration is required in advance. 410-730-3987.

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