Meeting set to discuss lake plans

The Baltimore Sun

Representatives from the Columbia Association's Open Space Management team will speak at Town Center and Wilde Lake village board meetings about constructing forebays for Lake Kittamaqundi and Wilde Lake.

They will discuss the function, environmental effects and maintenance requirements of forebays - shallow reservoirs or canals - in lakes. Residents will have an opportunity to ask questions.

The meetings will be at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 17 at Slayton House in the Wilde Lake Village Center and at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 25 at Oakland Manor in Town Center.

Information: Slayton House, 410-730-3987; Oakland Manor, 410-730-4744.

Arts classes offered at Slayton House

Starting tomorrow, Judy Templeton and Shari Grue will teach classes in the performing arts at Slayton House in the Wilde Lake Village Center.

Classes for children age 5 to 15 include tap dance, musical theater and acting for television.

Templeton and Rick Wright will teach "Show Biz Kids," a class in on-camera acting and getting started in the business for children in grades one through eight.

Information: 410-772-9448.

Dancer Lester Holmes will offer tap and jazz classes at Slayton House, beginning tomorrow.

Information: 410-707-7113.

Violinist to be guest at Tuesday brunch

The Jewish Federation of Howard County will sponsor a brunch with violinist Mark Singer for ages 55 and older at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Bain Center, 5470 Ruth Keeton Way.

Admission is $3 for members; $6 for nonmembers. Reservations are requested.

Information or to reserve a place: Sophie Novinsky, 410-730-4976, ext. 103.

Around town

Members sought -- Wilde Lake Village Board is expanding from five to seven members. Residents 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 -- Tim Belton of Savvy Self Defense teaches self-defense techniques from 12:15 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays at Slayton House. The cost is $65 a month, or $8 to drop in. 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 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 slow-paced, gentle-yoga classes emphasize breathing and stress reduction and are tailored to individual need and ability. The classes are held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursdays. 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.

Play groups -- The Town Center Community Association is accepting registration for the fall session of Parents & Tots Play Groups, which begins tomorrow. 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. 410-730-4744.

Environmental group -- The Town Center Community Association will sponsor an organizational meeting for a discussion group titled "Discussions on the Environment" from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sept. 18 at Historic Oakland, 5430 Vantage Point Road. Topics are expected to include global warming, sustainability, breathable air, drinkable water, healthy food and living with nature. Town Center resident Stephen Meskin will be the coordinator. 410-730-4744.

Opera preview -- Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks, Howard County Office on Aging, and the Bain Center and its council will sponsor the fourth annual Opera Preview for ages 55 and older from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 23 at the Bain Center, 5470 Ruth Keeton Way. Tom Glenn will present musical highlights and synopses of La Boheme, Don Giovanni, Rigoletto and Tamerlano. Light refreshments will be served. Admission is free. 410-313-7281.

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