`Broadway Cabaret' is interactive show for kids

Ellicott City/Elkridge

November 19, 2006

Kinetics Dance Theatre, 3280 Pine Orchard Lane, Ellicott City, will present A Broadway Cabaret! -- for children ages 3 and older and adults -- from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 3.

Children will be invited to make rain sticks and animal masks as props for one of the dances in the cabaret, and they will be taught some of the movements so they can join the dancers. Dances are taken from well-known shows such as The Lion King, Grease, Starlight Express and Bye-Bye Birdie.

The interactive cabaret includes costumes, props and instruments.

Tickets for children are $15 in advance; $20 on the day of the event.

Information or to register: 410-480-1686.

Nativity, `Messiah' events planned

Nativity sets from around the world, family heirloom nativities and sets made by children will be included in a display of more than 200 nativity sets at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 4100 St. Johns Lane, Ellicott City.

The exhibition will be open from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Dec. 1 and 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. Dec. 2. Admission is free.

Information: 240-461-3466.

The 24th Messiah singalong is planned for 6 p.m. Dec. 3 at the church. Free sheet music will be available for choral parts, and all skill levels are welcome.

Admission is free.

Information: 240-475-8768.

Gardener to offer decoration program

Master gardener Pa Greenwald will present "Natural Holiday Decorations," a program at the Miller branch library, at 7 p.m. Dec. 4.

The presentation is part of the Gardening Tips at the Library series. Registration begins tomorrow.

The Miller branch is at 9421 Frederick Road, Ellicott City.

Information: 410-313-1950.

Reflections winners to be announced

The Manor Woods Elementary School PTA will announce the winners of the school's Reflections Program at 2 p.m. Dec. 8 in the cafeteria.

The Reflections program, sponsored by the National PTA, asks children to create works of art in the areas of literature, music, photography and the visual arts.

Those who win at the school level can proceed to county and state level competitions. Themes are selected from ideas submitted by children and youth to the Reflections program. This year's theme is "My Favorite Place."

Juried craft show slated for Dec. 2

The Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks' Holiday Mart, an annual juried craft show, will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Dec. 2 at Centennial High School, 4300 Centennial Lane, Ellicott City.

Admission is $4 at the door; $1 for children ages 3-12.

Information: 410-313-7275; TTY, 410-313-4665.

Around Town

Road construction -- Because of construction on Toll House Road in Ellicott City, Howard Transit Yellow Route service between Long Gate Shopping Center and the Howard County government complex will be diverted to U.S. 29. Intermediate stops on Main Street, Ellicott Mills Drive, Frederick Road, Toll House Road and Old Columbia Pike in Ellicott City will not be served. The diversion will be in effect until construction is complete. For updates: 800-270-9553, or www.howardtransit.com.

Learning English -- The Miller branch library offers an English Conversation Club for people who speak English as a second language from 7:45 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. Mondays. First-time participants must register in advance. 410-313-1950.

Elkridge library -- The Elkridge library, 6540 Washington Blvd., Elkridge, offers a parent-child book club, for ages 11 to 17 and a parent, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on the third Tuesday of each month. Registration is not required.

Help with homework will be available for those ages 11 to 14 at the library. Snacks will be provided, and registration is requested.

Chess clubs are available for ages 11 to 17 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays. Players of all levels of skill are welcome but must know how to play. Registration is not necessary. 410-313-5077.`Midnight Madness' -- The Ellicott City Business Association will sponsor its 29th "Midnight Madness in Ellicott City" on Dec. 1, when shopping and dining will be available in the town's historic district until midnight. Local shops and restaurants will offer holiday specials, refreshments and entertainment. Santa will arrive by firetruck at 7:30 p.m. Costumed madrigal singers will perform, and jazz and brass bands will play. A roaming bagpiper and magician will be on hand. Festivities are also planned through the rest of the weekend, with music by string ensembles and a street magician.

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