Jazz with a Columbia beat at Rouse Theatre

West Columbia

September 30, 2007

Trumpeter Terell Stafford will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Jim Rouse Theatre in a benefit for the Wilde Lake High School band program.

He is to be joined by Wilde Lake High alumnus Alex Brown on piano. Brown, a junior at the New England Conservatory of Music, has been named best jazz soloist by Down Beat magazine and recently joined the Paquito D'Rivera Quintet.

Wilde Lake senior Zach Brown, Alex's younger brother, will be on bass, and Chris Beck will be on drums.

Stafford, who has recorded five albums and performs with the Village Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, will give a free master class at 1 p.m. Saturday for all who hold tickets for the concert.

Tickets are $15 in advance; $20 at the door. Tickets are available at the school, www.instant seats.com/events/JimRouse Theatre or at Ellicott City and Cherry Tree Music and Arts centers.

Information: 410-997-2070.

Baltimore woman wins grand prix

Tracy Magness of Baltimore for the second time won the 20th Columbia Classic Grand Prix, on Sept. 23 at Howard Community College.

Riding the same winning horse, Tarco Van Ter Moude of Lake View Farm in Hughesville, she raced through the course in 41.56 seconds and earned a $12,000 purse.

Ian Silitch of Ocala, Fla., a winner in 1993, claimed the remaining top spots, earning $8,800 for second place, riding Rivano of Spencer Ranch in Virginia and $5,200 for third-place on Cable Bay G of his Silitch's IMS Farm in Florida.

Andrew Ross of Kennett Square, Pa., took first place in the $10,000 Junior/Amateur Class. Riding his horse, Electra, he earned a $3,000 purse.

Proceeds from the event, the college's largest fundraiser of the year, will go to scholarships for Howard Community College students.

Around town

Vendors sought -- The Town Center Community Association is seeking craft vendors for its juried Holiday Craft Fair, to be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 17 at Historic Oakland, 5430 Vantage Point Road. The 19th-century restored house provides a picturesque setting for the event. Those interested should contact Patricia Loeber, 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, a mind-body-spirit program designed to improve health and personal relationships, 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.

Self-defense -- Tim Belton of Savvy Self Defense teaches self-defense techniques -- for use under conditions of stress and panic -- from 12:15 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays at Slayton House. The cost is $65 a month, or $8 per class to drop in. Columbia residents can request a 10 percent discount. Registration in advance is recommended. 410-730- 3987.

Mah-jongg -- Those ages 18 or older are invited to Slayton House in Wilde Lake Village Center for mah-jongg at 10 a.m. Wednesdays. Admission is free. Participants are invited to take a game and attend with a friend. 410-730-3987.

Senior yoga -- Yoga Center of Columbia is holding classes for senior citizens at Slayton House in Wilde Lake Village. The slow-paced, gentle yoga classes emphasize breathing and stress reduction and are tailored to individual need and ability. The classes are held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursdays. The six-week session ends Oct. 11. The drop-in cost is $15. Prospective students are encouraged to consult a physician before starting any new exercise program. Registration is recommended. 410-730-3987.

Bingo -- Hickory Ridge village will hold a family night bingo from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday at Hawthorn Center, 6175 Sunny Spring. Paper cards are six for $1. Beverages are 50 cents, and snacks are free. There will be cash and prizes at every game. 410-730-7327.

Jazz group -- The Oakland Night Music Series, sponsored by the Town Center Community Association, will open its third season with a concert by the Columbia Jazz Project from 8 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Friday in the ballroom at Historic Oakland. Admission to the informal concert, which includes dessert and coffee, is free. A donation for the musicians is encouraged. Musicians interested in performing in the Oakland Nights series should contact Patricia Loeber, 410-730-4744.

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