Tai Sophia Institute offering free introductory classes

September 10, 2006

Tai Sophia Institute, a North Laurel graduate school specializing in wellness and the healing arts in North Laurel, will offer free introductory classes next week for members of the community.

A Pilates open mat class will be offered from 6:15 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. Sept. 18; T'ai Chi Chih, from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., and Belly Gong: The Cultivation of Qi Through Belly Dance, from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Feldenkrais: Awareness through Movement will be offered from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sept. 19. Qi Gong: Dance of the Phoenix, also will be offered from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Medical Qi Gong will be offered from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sept. 20 and Yoga and Meditation from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 21.

A class on the Essence of Creativity is scheduled from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 27; and Sumi Ink Painting will be offered from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Oct. 5.

Information: www.tai.edu.

To register, call 410-888-9048, Ext. 6611.

Historical society will meet Sept. 18

The Savage Historical Society will meet at 7 p.m. Sept. 18 at the Faith & Ministry Center, 9032 Baltimore St. in Savage.

Norman Shuey will speak about "Investigating the Iron Furnace of Savage Mill: Overview of Iron Foundry Enterprises."

Admission is free.

The 2007 Savage Historical Society calendar, "Sketches of the Savage I Remember," illustrated by Laurence H. Whitehead Sr., will be available from 6:15 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

History of fashion to be focus Thursday

The Laurel Historical Society will present "History Design & Fashion," an evening of the history of fashion that includes items from the Laurel Museum collection, at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in the Laurel Pool club room at Ninth and Main streets, Laurel.

Local designer and costumer Marilyn Johnson will speak. The Laurel Museum, which is featuring "Stories from the Attic: 10 Years of Collecting," will be open from 6 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. The exhibition includes a ball gown worn by first lady Mamie Eisenhower.

Information: 301-725-7975, or www.laurelhistory.org.

Around Town

Fall softball -- The Savage Boys & Girls Club fall softball program for 14-and-younger and 12-and-younger age groups begins today. Games will be held Sundays, to Oct. 29. www.savagebgc.org.

9/11 walk -- The Free State Happy Wanderers Walking Club will sponsor a memorial walk tomorrow at Montpelier Mansion, 9650 Muirkirk Road, in Laurel. The 5K and 10K trails include a walk along residential sidewalks and are suitable for wheelchairs and strollers. A commemorative button will be given to the first 200 walkers. Registration will be held between 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. Walks should be finished by 7 p.m. 301-717-3604, or e-mail, kindfellow@comcast.net.

Mystery books -- The Savage branch library's mystery book club will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday to discuss Freedomland by Richard Price. The group meets on the second Wednesday of each month. Copies of the books are available at the branch, and registration is not required. The Savage branch is at 9525 Durness Lane. 410-880-5980.

Bird walks -- The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's National Wildlife Visitor Center will offer bird walks for youths ages 16 and older and adults from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Thursday and 7:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. Sept. 20. A bird walk for all ages is scheduled from 8:15 a.m. to 10 a.m. Sept. 24. "The Basics of Birding" will be taught from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday and 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Sept. 17. Participants must attend both days. The visitor center is on Power Mill Road, between the Baltimore-Washington Parkway and Route 197, near Laurel. Programs are free, but reservations are required. 301-497-5887.

Bluegrass -- Savage Bluegrass will perform at Oliver's Old Towne Tavern, 531 Main St., Laurel, at 7 p.m. Sept. 19. There is no cover charge. 301-490-9200.

Going out -- The Savage branch library, 9525 Durness Lane, will present "Crushes, Going Out and Pressures to be Sexy: Teens and Parents Talk" from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Sept. 26. The program, which is for children ages 11 to 15, will be repeated from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 14. Laura Smit of the Howard County Coalition for Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention will lead the program. Admission is free, and dinner is included. Registration begins Tuesday. 410-880-5980.

For families -- Family and Children's Services is expanding its services at Whiskey Bottom Shopping Center in North Laurel with the goal of creating a one-stop shop of services for individuals and families in need of counseling or other assistance. Among the nonprofit organizations to join Family and Children's Services in North Laurel will be Grassroots Crisis Intervention Center, the Domestic Violence Center, FIRN and the Community Action Council. Family and Children's Services offers counseling, employee assistance, in-home services for elderly and disabled people and a "Healthy Families" program for first-time parents.

The Community Action Council, available from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesdays, offers help with eviction prevention, energy assistance and crisis intervention. 301-498- 7509 or 410-313-6440.

Kristin Lilly, FIRN's information and referral counselor, will be in North Laurel from noon to 6 p.m. Wednesdays. Lilly is fluent in Spanish.

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