The Beale Street Puppets to present Halloween show

West Columbia

October 29, 2006

The Beale Street Puppets will present "Halloween Hijinx" for Rainbow Theatre at Slayton House on Wilde Lake Village Green at 4:30 p.m. tomorrow.

The marionette show will feature Napoleon Bone-A-Part, Murray the Egyptian Mummy, and Vinnie Vampire and his All-Bat Trio. Children are invited to wear costumes and go trick-or-treating in the village center after the performance.

Tickets are $4 and should be purchased in advance. Some tickets may be available at the door. Reservations are not accepted.

Information: 410-730-3987.

One-day gift sale at Slayton House

Slayton House Gallery on Wilde Lake Village Green will be the venue for "Artfully Wilde," a one-day sale of contemporary and traditional gifts.

Work by regional artists -- wood boxes and turned bowls, glass, pottery, photography, home accessories, jewelry, note cards, fiber, dolls, prints, journals and other items -- will be for sale.

The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 11. A portion of the proceeds will help support arts events at the community center. Refreshments will be available. Admission is free.

Information: 410-730-3987.

Around town

Laughter workout -- Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks will sponsor "Another Way to See It" laughter club for 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 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.

Halloween event -- The Mall in Columbia will celebrate Halloween with an evening of family entertainment from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday in the Lord & Taylor Court. Parents are encouraged to bring their children in costume. A craft corner, monster arcade and giveaways are planned. A costume parade is scheduled for 7 p.m.

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.

Free games -- Slayton House on Wilde Lake Village Green will offer drop-in bridge 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.

Help for parents, teens -- HC DrugFree and Howard County Connections will offer a free program. "You're Not Alone: Ways to Find and Partner with Other Adults to Meet Your Teen's Needs," from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday at Atholton High School. The program for parents and their middle and high school teens will focus on resources for support and the presence of caring adults in teens' lives. Parents' concerns about the credibility of the good intentions of other adults will also be addressed. Marcia L. Leonard, Atholton High School principal, will introduce the program. HC DrugFree is a Howard County nonprofit organization helping teens avoid alcohol and other drugs. The group offers programs, newsletters and a Web site (www.hcdrugfree.org.) Registration is not necessary. 410-799-4879.

40th anniversary -- Atholton High School will celebrate its 40th anniversary with an alumni homecoming event Friday, in which alumni and their families are invited to join the Raiders for an open house tour at 5 p.m., a tailgate buffet, catered by Beefalo Bob's, from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., and the varsity football game against the Hammond Bears at 7 p.m. Tickets for the buffet are $20 and must be purchased in advance. Admission to the game is included. Children to age 8 get in free. 410-313-7065.

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