Dance concert April 28 to benefit Grassroots center

The Baltimore Sun

Local dance studios will join together to present a concert and reception in support of Grassroots Crisis Intervention Center from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. April 28 at Howard Community College's Smith Theatre, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia.

"On Our Toes for Humanity" will feature dancers from Ballet with Cindee Velle, Ballet Royale, Bombay Beats, Kinetics Dance Theatre, Howard Community College Dance Company, Teelin School of Irish Dance, Turning Pointe Dance Studio and Troupe MiaNaja.

The event is organized by Ballet with Cindee Velle, which holds classes in studios at Stonehouse in the Long Reach Village Center.

Velle said the idea came from a 9-year-old ballet student at the Cindee Velle school, Anais Garcia, who told her mother she wanted to use her talent in dance to help homeless people. Anais' mother, Wanda Garcia, contacted Velle to suggest the program.

Tickets, available at Stonehouse, at the door or on the Web site ( are $20; $15 for students and children.

Information: 443-283-6997.

Around Town'Boot camp' -- The East Columbia 50+ Center at the east Columbia library will offer an exercise "boot camp" from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, through May 10. The camp, led by fitness instructor Chris Miller, will focus on strength, resistance and conditioning training and includes calisthenics and an obstacle course. The cost is $55 for six weeks. 410- 313-7680.

Wineglass etching -- Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks will offer an "Etched Wine Glasses for Two" class for those ages 55 and older from 10 a.m. to noon Tuesday. Participants will start with a wineglass, choose a stencil and etch the design into the glass with etching cream. The cost is $15. Registration is required. 410- 313-7320 or 410-313-7279.

Gantos to speak -- Children's author Jack Gantos, creator of the Rotten Ralph books, a collaboration with illustrator Nicole Rubel, will speak at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Hammond High School, 8800 Guilford Road. Gantos is known for the popular Joey Pigza books and his autobiography, Hole in My Life. Books will be available for purchase and signing. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Registration is not required. The program is presented in partnership with Great Books, a consortium of Baltimore, Carroll, Harford and Howard county libraries.

La Leche -- La Leche of Columbia, a chapter of a nonprofit international organization, will meet at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Owen Brown Community Center. Pregnant women, as well as infants and toddlers, are welcome. La Leche of Columbia offers support, information and guidance for breast-feeding mothers. 410- 309-4940, 301-421-1177 or 410- 461-3423.

Plants available -- Oakland Mills Community Association will hold a plant sale at The Other Barn in Oakland Mills Village Center from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday. Hanging baskets and pots, and a wide selection of plants will be available. 410-730-4610.

Car ID -- Free vehicle identification etching is to be offered from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, weather permitting, at Kings Contrivance Village Center on Eden Brook Drive. A unique vehicle identification number will be etched on all major pieces of glass in each car as a deterrent to theft and to help authorities return stolen vehicles to owners. Drivers can also register for "Watch Your Car," a national vehicle theft-prevention program. A limited number of steering wheel-locking devices will be distributed. Janet Stabile, vehicle theft prevention specialist for the Howard County Police Department, 410-313-3337.

Living right -- Long Reach Community Association will offer "Stepping Out," a six-week session of classes in etiquette, social skills and self-improvement for boys and girls ages 8 to 13. The program is designed to encourage self-confidence, positive communication, attitudes and behavior, and appropriate manners. Classes will meet from 10 a.m. to noon Saturdays, through May 19, at Stonehouse in Long Reach Village Center. The cost is $150, with a 5 percent discount for residents of Columbia Association-assessed properties. 410-730-8113, or

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