Judi Bard, program specialist for the Howard County Office on Aging, applied for a grant to get senior citizens dancing.
Last week, in the atrium of Long Reach High School, they did.
It was an intergenerational affair, with students from Long Reach greeting the seniors and serving coffee, cookies and croissant sandwiches.
"And then we had a sheet cake," Bard said. "The kids were serving sodas and coffee, and they were just wonderful at the service."
Dancing to the three-piece Norman Lock Trio began almost immediately, Bard said.
The young people were high school juniors and seniors, and ballroom dancing was something many had never done, said Dorothy L. Boisen, a volunteer who works with Bard. So some of the elders showed them how, she said.
The band played oldies, the Macarena and Electric Slide. About 90 senior citizens and 30 young people attended. Bard partnered with Long Reach drama teacher Kate Barry to produce the event.
Barry was putting on a play, The Princess Bride, that night, "and so we had a very actively dancing priest," Boisen said.
Funds for the dance came from the Horizon Foundation and the antitrust division of the state attorney general's office.
"That was a grant for spreading dancing as a wellness activity through the county," Bard said. She is planning a lunch and a dinner dance to celebrate Older Americans Day on May 18.
- Fay Lande
Teen Center to offer baby-sitting class Saturday
The Columbia Teen Center will offer "Baby-sitting Made Easy," a hands-on workshop for ages 11 to 14, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at The Barn in Oakland Mills Village Center.
The class covers first aid, emergency procedures, age-appropriate activities and other baby-sitting skills. A certificate will be awarded.
The fee is $40 for Columbia residents; $48 for nonresidents. A reduced fee is also available. Registration is required.
Information: Bobbie Whyte, 410-992-3726.
Completes training: Marine Pvt. Brian H. Suscavage, son of Michael Suscavage of Owen Brown and Angela Riolo of Parsippany, N.J., has completed 12 weeks of basic training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, S.C.
Eating disorders: Cynthia Kalodner - director of counseling programs at Towson University and author of Too Fat or Too Thin? - will talk about myths about eating disorders from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Feb. 24 at the east Columbia library, 6600 Cradlerock Way. The program is for those ages 14 to 17. 410-313-7700.
Reception: Oakland Mills Village Board will hold a reception in honor of Oakland Mills resident Hal Kassoff from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Feb. 24 at The Other Barn. State officials and community leaders will congratulate Kassoff, a former administrator of the State Highway Administration, on having the Statewide Operations Center renamed after him in recognition of his 25 years of service. Admission is free. Reservations are requested. Sandy Cederbaum, 410-730-4610.
Basket bingo: Stevens Forest Elementary School, 604 Stevens Forest Road, Columbia, will sponsor basket bingo March 12 at the Elks Lodge, Nine Mile Circle, Catonsville. Doors are to open at 6 p.m., and bingo starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $13 in advance and $15 at the door. 410-884-7568 or 410-884-6053.
Resource center: A resource center for Hispanic Howard County residents is open from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at Dasher Green-Owen Brown School, 6700 Cradlerock Way. Help is available with medical, housing, food, clothing and other needs. 443-527-1900.
Martial arts: Oakland Mills Community Association will offer Hale Martial Arts Academy classes at The Other Barn in Oakland Mills Village Center on Mondays and Wednesdays. Classes - which incorporate the martial arts systems of karate, tae kwon do and jujitsu - are for all ages. Tuition is $35 a month. 410-730-4610.