Atholton athletic boosters end annual tree sale today

West Columbia

December 09, 2007

The 12th annual holiday tree sale by the Atholton High School Athletic Boosters ends today.

Freshly cut Douglas fir, Fraser fir and blue spruce trees are for sale. Proceeds will benefit the school's athletic programs. The Atholton Drama Boosters is selling wreaths.

Hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today in the fenced-in area on the school's auditorium parking lot, 6520 Freetown Road.

`The Nutcracker' with a twist

Dance Foundation Dance Studio will present its version of The Nutcracker at 7 p.m. Dec. 21 and 2 p.m. Dec. 22 in the Smith Theater, Howard Community College, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway.

The production features the classic Tchaikovsky score as well as versions by Duke Ellington and Glenn Miller. Students and guest performers will dance en pointe and give a modern twist to the traditional story.

Information or reservations: 410-715-8764.

Puppet circus at Slayton House

Rainbow Theatre at Slayton House in the Wilde Lake Village Green will present Circus on Strings -- with Carousel Puppets -- at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Jan. 18.

The production includes juggling clowns, a ballerina, a cat on a trapeze and other circus acts.

Tickets are $5 in advance; $6 at the door, if available. Group rates are also available.

Information: 410-730-3987.

Choir to sing Christmas cantata

The Alleluias, a Christian choir based in Howard County, will present a Christmas cantata by Tom Fettke, One Incredible Moment, at 3 p.m. Dec. 30 at the Kittamaqundi Community Church, 5410 Leaftreader Way, in Town Center.

While admission is free, a donation is suggested.

Information: 410-730-4855 or visit www.thealleluias.com.

Military

Graduates -- Army Reserve Pvt. Jacques Fleuvizard, son of Denise Ferdinand of Harper's Choice, has graduated from the Automated Logistical Specialist Advanced Individual Training course at the U.S. Army Quartermaster Center and School, Fort Lee, Petersburg, Va. He is a 2007 graduate of Wilde Lake High School.

Around town

Scarf-making -- Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks will offer a class for those ages 55 and older on making embossed velvet scarves Tuesday, 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., at the Bain Center, 5470 Ruth Keeton Way. Participants can learn to use rubber stamps, velvet and an iron to create scarves that sell for high prices in specialty stores. The cost is $22 and includes use of equipment. 410-313-7320 or 410-313-7279.

Play group -- The Town Center Community Association is still accepting registration for the fall mini-session of Parents & Tots Play Groups that began Nov. 27. Children ages 6 months to 4 years meet Tuesdays; 6 months to 24 months, Wednesdays; and 6 months to 4 years, Thursdays. The four-week-long groups meet from 10 a.m. to noon at Historic Oakland, 5430 Vantage Point Road. Each group is limited to about 15 children. The cost is $10 for Columbia residents; $11 for nonresidents. Siblings pay half-price. 410-730-4744.

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.

Holiday tea -- A holiday tea at Historic Oakland will be offered from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday and Dec. 19. The two-course meal, catered by The Tea Trolley, is served in the restored mansion's ballroom. Local vendors will be available during the event. The cost is $20 a person. Registration is required. Historic Oakland is at 5430 Vantage Point Road. 410-730-4744 or visit www.historic-oakland.com.

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