Soccer-program fundraiser is Saturday

September 24, 2006

Atholton High School Sports Boosters will sponsor a fundraiser for the school's athletic programs -- a six-week soccer program for children ages 3 to 5.

Mike Senisi, athletics and activities manager at the school, will direct and coach the program, which will cover movement with and without the ball, passing, dribbling, shooting and games in a safe environment.

The program is to begin Saturday.

Information: 443-474-1672.

Town Center yard sale slated

Town Center Community Association will hold a yard sale from 9 a.m. to noon Oct. 14 at Vantage Point Park on Vantage Point Road.

The sale will be advertised in local publications and is free to seller, but spaces must be reserved in advance. There is no rain date.

Information or to reserve a space: 410-730-4744.

Talk Oct. 3 to focus on audition tips

The central library, 10375 Little Patuxent Parkway, will offer a talk by Beth Leader, drama instructor at Reservoir High School, and her students, "Win That Role: Audition Successfully," from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 3.

The program is designed for youngsters ages 11 to 16. Registration is required.

"Down on the Farm: Certified Organic," a talk on running an ecologically friendly farm by Rick Hood of Summer Creek Farm and Caragh Fitzgerald of the Maryland Cooperative Extension, is scheduled at 7 p.m. Oct. 4.

Registration is required.

Information or registration: 410-313-7860.

Around town

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

Laughter workout -- 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. Changes in health and personal life are promised. The club will meet from 9 a.m. to 9:40 a.m. Mondays at the Bain Center, 5470 Ruth Keeton Way. The cost is $2 a class. 410-313- 7279.

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. Admission is free. 410-730- 3987.

Jewish New Year -- Cultural Connections at the Bain Center, a program for active seniors, will sponsor "Meet the Holidays," a presentation by a rabbi on the Jewish New Year, from 10:30 a.m. to noon Tuesday. 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. Sophie Novinsky, 410-730-4976, Ext. 31.

Belly dancing -- Mia Naja al Sephira will continue to offer Belly-dance lessons at Slayton House in Wilde Lake Village Center. 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.

Bulb gardening -- Hickory Ridge village will sponsor a class on designing and planting a bulb garden with Steven Marks of River Hill Garden Center. He will explain the steps needed to have beautifully arranged blooms in the spring and will answer questions about preparing a garden for winter. The class will be held from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Hawthorn Center, 6175 Sunny Spring. Admission is free, but registration is required. 410-730-7327.

Afternoon Tea -- Town Center Community Association will offer catered Afternoon Tea at Historic Oakland from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday. The two-course tea includes scones, sandwiches and dessert and will conclude with a brief presentation on "Quarterbacking Your Future," addressing the concept of aging in place. Lynda Anderson will discuss long-term-care insurance; Michael Davis will discuss legal matters; Diane Huss will talk about geriatric consulting; and Steven Luber's topic will be in-home care. The cost is $18.90 a person. Reservations are required at least 48 hours before the tea. Historic Oakland is at 5430 Vantage Point Road. 410-730-4744, or

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 held from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Oct. 18. The cost is $20, with a 10 percent discount for Columbia lien payers. November and December classes are to be announced. Space is limited; early registration is advised. 410-730- 3987.

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