Tap dance classes for boys

West Columbia

January 21, 2007

Judy Templeton will offer Razz-A-Ma-Tap dance classes for boys at 5 p.m. Thursdays, starting this week, at Slayton House in Wlde Lake Village Center.

The eight-week series will include tap technique, drills and basic combinations.

Brian Best and Templeton will teach techniques of musical theater for adults - singing, dancing, acting - and combine the newly learned skills into vignettes of Broadway shows from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Thursdays, starting this week.

There is a fee.

Information or registration: 410-772-9448.

Belly-dance lessons continue

Mia Naja al Sephira will continue her belly-dance lessons at Slayton House in Wilde Lake Village Center. The next session begins Tuesday and runs through Feb. 27.

Classes for beginners, ages 14 and older, will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Advanced beginners and intermediates meet from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

The cost is $60 a session; the drop-in rate is $15. Columbia residents receive a 10 percent discount, but classes will not be pro-rated.

Information: 410-730-3987.

Around town

Volunteers sought -- In response to the closing of the Giant Food store in Wilde Lake Village Center, the village board has established the Wilde Lake Village Center Partnership Committee and is seeking volunteers to serve on the panel. Vince Marando, 410-730-1821.

Laughter workout -- Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks will sponsor "Another Way to See It," a laughter club for those ages 55 and older. The program includes 40 minutes of laughter exercises and group sharing, intended to lift enthusiasm, morale and motivation, and to encourage improved relationships. The club meets 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 offers drop-in bridge games Tuesdays, Scrabble on Wednesdays and a chance to bring a game to play Thursdays. The free sessions are held from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. the second and fourth weeks of each month. Drop-in mah-jongg for ages 18 and older is offered at Slayton House on Wednesday mornings. Admission is free. 410-730-3987.

Bridge -- Ruth-Anne Mazer, American Contract Bridge League certified director and Gold Life Master, will teach bridge for beginners from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Tuesdays, through Feb. 27, at the Bain Center. The cost is $46. "Bid and Play," a class in bidding, play and defense techniques using predealt hands, will be offered from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays, through Feb. 13, at the Bain Center. A prerequisite is "Brush-up Bridge" or the instructor's approval. The cost is $27. 410-313-7320 or 410-313-7279.

Mah-jongg -- Slayton House in Wilde Lake Village Center is offering drop-in mah-jongg classes Wednesday mornings for adults ages 18 and older. Participants are welcome to bring a game and a friend. Donations of games are welcome. The program is sponsored by Wilde Lake Community Association. 410-730-3987.

Mapping minds -- Arasu Chellaiah, an adjunct associate professor of biomedical sciences at the University of Maryland at Baltimore, will discuss developments in brain research and "mind mapping," a new learning technique at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at the central library, 10375 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia. The interactive program, which will focus on the unlimited potential of the human brain and demonstrate how to use the left and right sides of the brain. Registration is required. 410-313-7860.

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