Blue Cow Cafe to hold hula hoops workshop

East Columbia

November 26, 2006

The Blue Cow Cafe, 5134 Thunder Hill Road, will offer a "Make Your Own Hoop Workshop," from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. and from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. today. Participants will learn to decorate and use the hoops. Blank hoops and the tape to decorate them will be supplied.

Karen Blue, owner of the Blue Cow who describes herself as a "moola-hoop maker," will teach the workshop. The hoops are sturdy and can be recycled into newer versions.

"When they start getting worn, you can retape them and it becomes like a nice old pair of jeans," Blue said.

The cost is $25 for an undecorated adult-size hoop; $15 for a child-size hoop.

Information or registration: 410-772-8999.

Book club to discuss `Hip Hop Noir Novel'

The east Columbia library's Black Fiction Club, which meets on the first Saturday of each month to discuss outstanding fiction by contemporary African-American authors, will meet at 1 p.m. Saturday to discuss The Dying Ground: A Hip Hop Noir Novel by Nichelle D. Tramble.

Registration is not required, and copies of the books are available at the branch.

Information: 410-313-7700.

Around Town

Hatha yoga -- Kings Contrivance Community Association is offering Hatha yoga for experienced students. The cost is $120 to $130 for 10 weeks; the cost for drop-in attendance is $16 a class. Itsy Bitsy Yoga, a new Saturday program, is designed for parents and babies, ages 3 weeks and older. The cost is $69. Ballet and tap classes for children ages 4 to 6, taught by Sandra Duerr, are offered Mondays. A Holiday Dance With Me program for toddlers and an adult will be offered Wednesday and Dec. 20. Judy Milke leads parent-and-child classes for children ages 14 months to 4 years. Classes are offered Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings, depending on the age of the child. A preholiday stress-reduction yoga class for beginner and advanced students, taught by Mary Frankos, will be offered from 6:30 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. Dec. 6 and 13. The cost is $24 for two weeks; $16 a class to drop in. All skill levels are welcome. 410-381-9600.

Beginning bridge -- The course "Bridge for the Absolute Beginner" will be offered from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays at the 50+ Center at the east Columbia library. Snacks will be served. The six-week class costs $60, plus $5 for a textbook. A drop-in bridge program is being offered from noon to 3 p.m. Tuesdays at the same location. Players at all levels are welcome to refresh skills, learn bridge conventions and meet friends. Mentoring is available. The cost is $6. Lessons in mah-jongg are also offered at the 50+ Center. The cost is $31 for three classes, after which students will be qualified to play. Registration is required. 410- 290-5430.

Solve puzzles -- The east Columbia library, 6600 Cradlerock Way, will offer "Puzzler Magic," a program for youngsters ages 11 to 14 on beating every kind of puzzle, from the Rubik's Cube to Sudoku, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday. Registration is required. 410-313-7700.

For children -- Lively Arts for Little Ones! - a series of live performances for children ages 2 to 5 and their parents or chaperones - will present storyteller Diane Macklin at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Friday in the loft of the Other Barn, 5851 Robert Oliver Place. Tickets are $4.50 for children ages 2 and older and adults. Group rates are available. 410-730-4610.

Israel's name -- James Loeffler will present "What's in a Name? The Prime Minister, the Professor, and the Debate Over Israel's Name," a talk based on an exchange of letters between David Ben-Gurion and Professor Simon Rawidowicz, after Israel's founding in 1948, on the naming of the Jewish state. The talk will be held from 9:15 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Dec. 3 at Oakland Mills High School. The program is sponsored by the Columbia Jewish Congregation, which meets at Oakland Mills Interfaith Center, 5885 Robert Oliver Place. 410-730-6044.

The CJC Jewish Film Series will begin with a showing of the film Ushpizin at 8 p.m. Jan. 20 in Room 200 of the Meeting House. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $24 for the series of four films; $20 for three; $14 for two and $8 for single tickets, which are sold at the door only. Refreshments and a discussion are included. 410-381-4809.

Lights -- Long Reach, Owen Brown and Hickory Ridge community associations will offer their Holiday Lights Tour for senior citizens from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Dec. 10. The event will feature a bus tour through the Symphony of Lights, a reception, a gift for participants and an appearance by Santa Claus. The event is free, but reservations are required. Reservations will be accepted on a first-come first-served basis. 410-730-8113.-

Belly dance -- The Long Reach Community Association will offer belly-dancing classes for adults from Jan. 8 through March 12. The cost is $64 for eight weeks, with a 5 percent discount for residents of Columbia Association-assessed property. 410-730-8113.

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