East Columbia

June 01, 2008

'Little Shop' presented

The Drama Learning Center's Teen Professional Company, Teaching Young Actors, or TYA, will present the musical Little Shop of Horrors, at 7 p.m. Friday, Saturday, and June 8, 12, 13 and 14, and at 2 p.m. June 8 and 14, at the center, 9130-I Red Branch Road.

Tickets are $12 in advance; $15 at the door, with a discount for groups of 10 or more people. Reservations are recommended. Scout troops and student groups receive a backstage tour and can participate in an autograph session.

Information: 410-997-9352.

'Silver Screen' ballet

In honor of its 25th anniversary, Ballet with Cindee Velle, the resident dance school of the Long Reach Community Association, will present Classics of the Silver Screen, an original dance production by students ages 3 and older. The dances have been choreographed by members of the faculty to scores of well-known movies.

Performances are schedule at 2 p.m and 7 p.m. Saturday at Centennial High School, 4300 Centennial Lane, Ellicott City. The matinee features students ages 3-7; those ages 8 through adult will perform in both shows.

Tickets, available from the Long Reach Community Association or at the door, are $15; $13 for students and seniors. Information: 410-465-7674. Tickets: 410-730-8113.

Around Town

Birthday : The 40th birthday celebration of Oakland Mills, the second village to be established in Columbia, will be held June 27-29 at The Other Barn in the Oakland Mills Village Center. Interesting facts and trivia about Oakland Mills, or memorabilia that can be displayed during the birthday celebration are needed. Former residents, employees and volunteers are invited. Sandy Cederbaum, village manager, 410-730-4610.

Classes, therapies : The East Columbia 50+ Center is offering appointments for reflexology - deep foot massage - 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Mondays. The cost is $40 for a 50-minute treatment. Appointments are also available between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Fridays. Reiki treatments are available 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the first and third Fridays of each month. The gentle technique is said to restore physical, emotional and spiritual balance and harmony. The cost is $30 for a 55-minute treatment.

*Tai Chi for arthritis is offered 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. The emphasis is on breathing and inner stillness to relieve stress and anxiety. The cost is $32 a month; no drop-ins.

*"Harmonize Exercise Class" meets 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Mondays and Wednesdays. O.H. Laster, a personal fitness trainer, teaches "Stamina, Strength, Stretch and Synergy." The cost is $24 a month; no drop-ins.

*Pilates class, to improve strength, flexibility and coordination while reducing stress, meets noon to 1 p.m. Thursdays. The cost is $36 for six weeks. 410-313-7680.

Summer reading : The east Columbia branch library, 6600 Cradlerock Way, will host a Summer Reading kick-off celebration from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. Attendees can join a summer reading club, if they have not already done so; registration begins tomorrow. Parents can sign up to read books, magazines or newspapers to their children and earn prizes. www.hclibrary.org. The kick-off celebration includes an Edible Insects Cooking Show at 9:15 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.; children's author and musician Barry Louis Polisar will speak from 10 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. A teen book panel is scheduled from 11:30 a.m. to noon, and an adult book panel from noon to 1 p.m. Flumpa (the singing and dancing tree frog) and friends will be on hand from 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Children's stories will be read every 30 minutes. What's hot this summer for adult readers will be discussed from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Face painting is from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Lunch will be sold by Boy Scouts Troop 432 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The day begins with the library's first Fun Run/Walk in the neighborhood at 8 a.m. The cost to register for the walk is $25 at the door; $60 a family. 410-313-7700.

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