Celebrating Atholton's 40 years

West Columbia

March 25, 2007

Atholton High School will hold a Dinner Gala in Celebration of 40 Years of Excellence from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. April 14 at the Sheraton Columbia Hotel.

Tickets are $55 a person; $100 a couple. Cocktail attire is requested. A cash bar is planned.

A scholarship fund has been established. Checks can be sent to Atholton High School, 6520 Freetown Road, Columbia 21044.

Information: 410-313-7065.

Capture the Flag Night slated April 21

The Kiwanis Club of Columbia will hold its seventh Capture the Flag Night from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. April 21 at the Swansfield Neighborhood Center in Harper's Choice village.

The event, featuring teams of four that use cards to capture opponents' flags, includes an all-you-can-eat dinner. Teams with the highest number of flags at the end of the evening will compete for first-, second- and third-place prizes.

Individuals will be matched into teams; teams of four are also welcome.

Admission is $15 a person. Proceeds will help support Kiwanis civic, youth and charitable programs.

Information: Ruby Schneider, 410-730-0695.

Around town

Volunteers needed -- Slayton House will celebrate its 40th birthday this summer with a "Fabulous at 40" birthday party sponsored by Wilde Lake Community Association. The event, scheduled for June 16-17, will include entertainment, food, games, a tour of historic homes and a dedication. Volunteers are needed to help coordinate the event. Carol Hobelmann, 410-730-3987.

Play-group -- Town Center Community Association is accepting registration for its spring session of Parents & Tots Play Groups, which begin the week of April 10. Children ages 24 months to 4 years old will meet Tuesdays; those ages 6 to 24 months will meet Wednesdays; and children ages 6 months to 4 years old will meet Thursdays. The 10-week groups meet from 10 a.m. to noon at Historic Oakland, 5430 Vantage Point Road. The cost is $25 per child for Columbia residents; $27.50 for nonresidents. Siblings can enroll for half-price. Classes fill rapidly. 410-730-4744.

Laughter workout -- Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks is sponsoring Another Way to See It, a laughter club for those ages 55 and older. The program includes laughter exercises. The club meets from 9 a.m. to 9:40 a.m. Mondays at the Bain Center, 5470 Ruth Keeton Way. 410-313-7279.

Play games -- Slayton House, on Wilde Lake Village Green, offers drop-in bridge Tuesdays, Scrabble 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 at 10 a.m. Wednesdays. Participants are welcome to bring a game and a friend. Donations of games are welcome. Admission is free. 410-730- 3987.

Yoga class -- Yoga Center of Columbia will continue to offer classes at Slayton House on Wilde Lake Village Green. Senior yoga is offered from noon to 1:30 p.m. Thursdays, through April 5. The classes are slow-paced and emphasize stress reduction. The cost is $15 to drop in. Columbia lien payers can request a 10 percent discount. The classes are appropriate for all levels of experience, but it is recommended that those beginning an exercise program consult a physician before starting. Registration is required. 410-730-3987.

Youth camp -- Slayton House Conservatory Camp, an arts camp for youths in grades nine through 12, is holding auditions for High School Musical, to be performed June 25 through July 13, and West Side Story, which is to run from July 16 through Aug. 4. Sharon Lea is camp coordinator. Cate Barry of the Glenelg Country School will direct High School Musical; Kathryn Carlsen of Centennial High School is to direct West Side Story. Auditions are being held from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. April 27 and 10 a.m. to noon April 28. To arrange for an audition: 410-730-3987 or 301-596-4883.

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