Flea market set Saturday in Kings Contrivance

September 11, 2005

The Kings Contrivance Community Flea Market is planned from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday on the parking lot at the entrance to the village center from Guilford Road.

A book swap will be held as part of the flea market. Participants can bring a book, take a book (up to 10 books) or drop off books in advance at Amherst House tomorrow through Friday. No more than 10 books will be accepted.

Information: 410-381-9600.

Yoga Center classes to aid hurricane victims

The Yoga Center of Columbia, 8950 Route 108, will hold a series of classes to benefit the Salvation Army's relief efforts for victims of Hurricane Katrina.

Classes will be held from Sept. 26-28. To request a schedule: 410-720-4340.

Around Town

Laughing heals: Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks will sponsor "Laughter - The Best Medicine," a program for those ages 55 and older, from 11 a.m. to noon Sept. 19 at the east Columbia library senior center, 6600 Cradlerock Way. The technique, a healing therapy from India, helps strengthen the immune system, lower blood pressure and promote emotional healing through laughing exercises. The cost is $5. 410-313-7279.

Bee season: The east Columbia library, 6600 Cradlerock Way, will present "Bee Season: One Champion's Perspective," with fifth-grader Priyanka Chavan, Howard County Spelling Bee champion and representative to the Scripps National Spelling Bee. The program, to be held at 7 p.m. Sept. 21, includes an explanation of how schools can participate in the contests. Adults and families are invited. Registration is under way. 410-313-7700.

Vehicle-ID etching: The Maryland/DC Anti Car-Theft Committee and the Howard County Police Department will sponsor a free vehicle-identification etching session from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sept. 28 at the Howard County Police Oakland Mills Community Office, 5820 Stevens Forest Road. Motorists will have a chance to have the major pieces of glass in their cars engraved with their vehicle identification numbers as a deterrent to theft and help in recovering stolen vehicles. Those who attend can also register in the Watch Your Car Program, a national vehicle theft-prevention program. Janet Stabile, 410-313- 3337.

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