Registration is under way for parent-tot play groups

West Columbia

December 23, 2007

Town Center Community Association is accepting registration for the winter session of Parents & Tots Play Groups, which begins the week of Jan. 8.

Children ages 6 months to 4 years old meet Tuesdays. Children 6 to 24 months meet Wednesdays, and children 6 months to 4 years old meet Thursdays. The groups meet from 10 a.m. to noon. The session runs for 10 weeks. Groups are limited to 15 children.

The play groups meet weekly at Historic Oakland, 5430 Vantage Point Road. The cost is $25 for Columbia residents; $27.50 for nonresidents. Siblings can enroll for half price.

Information or registration: 410-730-4744, or www.historic

`His Girl Friday' is featured film

Slayton House in Wilde Lake Village Center will show the 1940 movie His Girl Friday as the fourth film in its 16th season of the "Marvelous Movies and More" series. The film is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Jan. 11.

The classic, directed by Howard Hawks, stars Rosalind Russell, Cary Grant and Ralph Bellamy.

Film critic Mike Giuliano will lead a short discussion after the film. Dessert and coffee are provided. The cost is $7; $6 for senior citizens and students (raffle prizes included.) A senior events shuttle is available for those who need it.

Information: 410-730-3987.

Classes scheduled for senior artists

Starting next month, Howard County Recreation and Parks will sponsor You Can Draw and Paint classes for seniors, ages 60 and older at the Bain Center and Cedar Lane Recreation Center.

Classes at the Bain Center will be held from 1:15 p.m. to 3:45 p.m., Thursdays, starting Jan. 3; at Cedar Lane, from 9:15 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. Tuesdays, starting Jan. 8. The cost is $60.

Information: 410-313-7279.

Around town

Senior yoga -- Yoga Center of Columbia will continue its senior yoga classes at Slayton House in Wilde Lake Village Center. The slower-paced, gentle yoga classes emphasize breathing and stress reduction. Classes will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursdays, Jan 10 through Feb. 14. A free class will be offered Jan. 3. The cost is $78 for a six-week session; $15 to drop in. Columbia lien payers can request a 10 percent discount. Registration is recommended. Participants should consult a physician before starting any new exercise program. 410-730-3987.

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 Kittamaqundi Community Church, 5410 Leaf Treader Way in Town Center. While admission is free, a donation is suggested. 410-730-4855, or www.

Environmental action -- The Town Center Community Association will sponsor an Environmental Action Group to educate and foster environmentally positive action in the community. The group, which will be led by Town Center board member Stephen Meskin, will meet at 7 p.m. Jan. 8 and 22, and on the first and third Tuesdays of each month, at Historic Oakland, 5430 Vantage Point Road. Registration is requested. 410-730-4744.

Puppet circus -- Rainbow Theatre at Slayton House on 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. 410-730-3987.

Shaking dance -- Mia Naja al Sephira will offer a belly dance class for children at Slayton House in Wilde Lake Village Center. The Saturday morning classes, which run from Feb. 2 through March 15, are sponsored by the Wilde Lake Community Association. Mommy and Me classes (for mothers and fathers, and their children) will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. The classes are for children ages 6 to 12. The cost is $72 for six sessions; $15 to drop in.

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