Ninja mom to appear on 'To Tell the Truth' episode


WELL, THE OLD game show is back, and Julie Elrod, who owns the American Academy of Martial Arts with her husband, Ron, is being featured in an episode of "To Tell the Truth."

For those not familiar with the original, the show features three people - one with a real claim to fame and two imposters who try to pass themselves off as that person. A panel of celebrities asks questions and tries to smoke out the imposters.

The imposters can lie, but the "real" person must tell the truth. Elrod, one of the highest ranking Ninja women in the country, will be the one who has to tell the truth.

"It should be kind of fun," she said.

Elrod had applied to be on "Survivor," the reality show that was such a huge hit during the summer. She didn't make the cut for that show, but one of her martial arts students sent the video Elrod has made for "Survivor" to "To Tell the Truth."

"They liked the concept that I was a Ninja mom," said Elrod, mother of Wyatt, 11, and Cami, 9.

When contacted last week, Elrod said she was being flown to California on Friday to tape the show at NBC studios in Burbank. She was to return today. She did not know when the show will air.

Elrod discovered Ninja, a 900-year-old martial art from Japan, when she took a class in college. Many years later, she is writing and publishing a series of children's books that will focus on the moral aspects of martial arts. The books will be sold at martial arts centers across the country, she said. The Academy of Martial Arts on Route 108 is one of the largest Ninjutsu schools in the world, Elrod said, with 460 students, most from Ellicott City.

'Nutcracker on Ice'

"Nutcracker on Ice," put on by the Columbia Figure Skating Club at the Columbia Ice Rink on Thunderhill Road, has become a fun local holiday tradition. This year, the show will be at 4:45 p.m. and 6 p.m. Dec. 10 and 17.

More than 100 skaters, including about 85 children, will perform. Nearly all are from Howard County.

Skaters from Ellicott City and Elkridge include Anna Maria Baker, Kelly Balkin, Allison Barber, Megan Burleigh, Laura Burrows, Stephanie Burrows, Brendan Carr, Caitlin Carr, Lisa Caton, Sophia Chien, Beth Davidson, Laura Dattaro, Sarah Eddy, Meryl Eddy, Stephen Eddy.

Also, Sarah Franks, Beth Hackman, Amy Jordan, Katherine Khatibi, Alexandra Klinedinst, Erica Koenig, Tara Messing, Erin Maskell, Laura Maskell, Katie Penyak, Amanda Pleasant, Jessica Rohrer, Russ Rzemien, Sara Shirvan, Samantha Tomarchio, Julie Tsai, Ashley Virtue, Catherine Wisniewski and Ellen Woodcock.

Tickets are $6.50. Children to age 3 get in free. Information: Donna Burrows, 410-461-9948, or Beth Dattaro, 410-799-5356.

Learn to surf

Howard County libraries are holding small-group sessions for seniors who want to learn how to use the Internet. The session at the Miller library branch will be from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Dec. 6.

Registration begins Wednesday. Call 410-313-1950.

'Rugrats in Paris'

Deep Run Elementary School is holding a private screening of "Rugrats in Paris" at 9:30 a.m. Dec. 2 at Universal Theater in Snowden Square.

Tickets are $5.25. Information: Susan Anderson, 410-799-2652.

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