Athletic director to speak on sportsmanship

The Baltimore Sun

Diane Schmacher, athletic director at Howard Community College, will discuss positive values and good sportsmanship that children can learn from a team sport in "Parenting Your Young Athlete" at 7 p.m. Sept. 11 at the central library, 10375 Little Patuxent Parkway.

Registration is required.

Information: 410-313-7860.

Belly-dancing classes set at Slayton House

The Wilde Lake Community Association will offer belly-dancing classes with Mia Naja from Sept. 18 to Oct. 23 at Slayton House in Wilde Lake Village Center.

Classes for beginners (Level I) will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays; A Bellypower (Level II) class will be held from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesdays. The cost is $60 for beginners and $90 for advanced students. Drop-ins pay $15 a class.

Columbia residents can request a 10 percent discount. Classes will not be prorated.

Information: 410-730-3987.

Kindermusik classes are free to children

Free Kindermusik classes for newborn babies to 4-year-old children will be offered tomorrow and Tuesday at Kahler Hall in Harper's Choice Village Center.

Information: Peggy Durbin, 410-428-1874, or www.making

Around town

Members sought -- Wilde Lake Village Board is increasing its membership from five to seven. Those interested in serving on the board for the rest of the 2007-2008 term can pick up an application at the front desk at Slayton House on Wilde Lake Village Green. The application deadline is Sept. 27. Interviews are to be held Oct. 1. Bernice Kish, 410-730-3987.

Self-defense class -- Tim Belton of Savvy Self Defense will teach self-defense techniques under conditions of stress and panic from 12:15 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, starting tomorrow, at Slayton House. The cost is $65 a month; $8 to drop in. The first week of classes is free. Columbia residents can request a 10 percent discount. Registration in advance is recommended. 410-730-3987.

Laughter workout -- Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks is sponsoring Another Way to See It, a laughter club for those ages 55 and older. The program includes laughter exercises. The club meets from 9 a.m. to 9:40 a.m. Mondays at the Bain Center, 5470 Ruth Keeton Way. 410-313- 7279.

Mah-jongg -- Those ages 18 or older are invited to Slayton House in Wilde Lake Village Center for mah-jongg at 10 a.m. Wednesdays. Admission is free. Participants are invited to take a game and attend with a friend. 410-730-3987.

Senior yoga -- Yoga Center of Columbia will hold classes for senior citizens at Slayton House in Wilde Lake Village. The slower-paced, gentle-yoga classes emphasize breathing and stress reduction and are tailored to individual needs and ability. The classes will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursdays, starting Sept. 6. A free class will be offered Thursday. The six-week session, which ends Oct. 11, costs $78; the cost to drop in is $15. Prospective students are encouraged to consult a physician before starting any new exercise program. Registration is recommended. 410-730-3987.

Marvelous movies -- Marvelous Movies & More, a film series at Slayton House in Wilde Lake Village Center, will begin its new season at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 7 with a showing of the 1934 film, Cleopatra, directed by Cecil B. DeMille. Mike Giuliano, an arts writer who teaches film history at Howard Community College and Maryland Institute College of Art, will be the host for the series, introducing each film and leading a discussion after the showing. Members of the audience have an opportunity to continue the discussion during an informal buffet of dessert, coffee and tea. 410-730- 3987.

Play groups -- The Town Center Community Association is accepting registration for its fall 2007 session of Parents & Tots Play Groups, which begin the week of Sept. 10. Children ages 6 months to 4 years are to meet Tuesdays and Thursdays; those 6 months to 24 months are to meet Wednesdays. The unstructured groups meet from 10 a.m. to noon at Historic Oakland, 5430 Vantage Point Road. The cost for the 10-week session is $25 for Columbia residents; $27.50 for nonresidents. Classes fill rapidly. 410- 730-4744.

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