Entertainer to visit Bain Center on Tuesday

September 10, 2006

Cultural Connections at the Bain Center, a program for active seniors, will sponsor an appearance by Bob Clark, who, accompanied on piano, will entertain with old show tunes and will take requests from 10:30 a.m. to noon Tuesday.

The program includes a kick-off brunch, which costs $5. A $10 yearly membership fee covers the cost of the brunch.

"Meet the Holidays," a presentation by a rabbi on the Jewish New Year, is scheduled from 10:30 a.m. to noon Sept. 26. Melissa Martens, a curator at the Jewish Museum of Maryland, will talk about "The Other Promised Land: Vacationing, Identity and the Jewish-American Dream," from 10:30 a.m. to noon Oct.10.

Information: Sophie Novinsky, 410-730-4976, Ext. 31.

Event to show how to arrange flowers

"Choosing and Arranging Fall Flowers," a program with members of the Green-Walled Garden Club of Frederick, will be offered at 7 p.m. Sept. 18 at the central library, 10375 Little Patuxent Parkway.

Participants are invited to bring flowers to try out tips. Registration is required.

Information: 410-313-7860.

Around town

Laughter workout -- 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. The club will meet from 9 a.m. to 9:40 a.m. Mondays, starting tomorrow, at the Bain Center, 5470 Ruth Keeton Way. The cost is $2 a class. 410-313-7279.

Fencing lessons -- Fencing classes for children ages 7 and older and adults are offered at Slayton House on Wilde Lake Village Green. Classes, which begin this week, 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 Imagine Foundation will present performing arts classes for children, youth and adults at Slayton House, starting tomorrow. Classes in musical theater will be offered for children in kindergarten through 10th grade. "Acting for Television" will be offered for youths in grades six and higher, 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 this week. 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. Registration is required. 410-730-4744.

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 Tuesday. Admission is free. 410-730-3987.

Belly dancing -- Mia Naja al Sephira will continue to offer Belly-dance lessons at Slayton House in Wilde Lake Village Center. The next session runs from Tuesday 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.

Dance -- 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 this week. Participants should not wear sneakers. Registration is required. 410-313-7213.

Draw, paint -- Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks will sponsor "You Can Draw and Paint" classes for those ages 55 and older from 9:15 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. Tuesdays, starting Sept. 19, at Cedar Lane Recreation Center and from 1:15 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. Thursday, starting Sept. 21, at the Bain Center. Participants are urged to register as soon as possible. The cost is $60 to $66. 410-313-7279.

Kids cook -- Wilde Lake Community Association will offer three new fall classes by First Course: The Educaterers at Slayton House. "Culinary Kids," a chance for children ages 4 to 10 to decorate cookies with Halloween and Thanksgiving themes, will be from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Oct. 18. The cost is $20, with a 10 percent discount for Columbia lien payers. 410-730-3987.

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