Martial arts classes scheduled Sept. 11-Nov. 6 at Stonehouse

East Columbia

July 29, 2007

The Long Reach Community Association will offer martial arts classes from Sept. 11 through Nov. 6 at Stonehouse. The classes in three-circle hapkido are based on movement along three circular planes to apply striking, joint-locking, throwing and pressing techniques against hand and weapon attacks.

The technique draws on difference styles of Korean self-defense and is influenced by other martial arts such as chen tai chi, aikido, jujitsu, bagua, hsingi and mudukwan.

Classes for ages 5 to 11 will be offered from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays; for those ages 12 and older, from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. The cost is $160 for eight weeks.

A 5 percent discount is offered to those living on Columbia Association-assessed property.

Information: 410-730-8113.

Black fiction club to meet Saturday

The east Columbia library's Black Fiction Book Club will meet at 1 p.m. Saturday to discuss Aftermath by LeVar Burton.

The group meets on the first Saturday of each month. Copies of the books are available at the branch. Registration is not needed.

Information: 410-313-7700.

Around Town

Extra lane -- The State Highway Administration has begun a $460,000 project to widen Route 108 (Old Annapolis Road) between Howard High School, Centre Park Drive and Phelps Luck Road. The project will create an exclusive right-turn lane along westbound Route 108. The project, which is intended to improve safety and reduce congestion near the school, is expected to be completed by early September, weather permitting. Motorists can expect single-lane closures between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. and 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. weekdays. 301-624-8100 or 800-635-5119.

Also at the library -- A reading program for children, "Reading Roadtrip," offers prizes for books read during the summer. Participants can register at the east Columbia branch, 6600 Cradlerock Way. A program is also available for ages 3 and younger, in which parents can read books, magazines or newspapers to their children and earn prizes.

An adult summer reading club, sponsored by Friends of the Howard County Library, is offered through Aug. 31. Participants will be eligible for monthly prize drawings. Entry forms are available at the information desk in each library.

Belly dancing -- The Long Reach Community Association is offering belly-dancing classes for adults through Sept. 10. A beginner class meets from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays; advanced students meet from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays. The cost is $76 for eight weeks of classes. A 5 percent discount is offered to those living on Columbia Association-assessed property. 410-730- 8113.

Tai chi -- The East Columbia 50+ Center in the east Columbia library will offer "Simplified Yang's Tai Chi" from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. Thursdays. The cost is $6. 410-313-7680.

Pool party -- The Oakland Mills Community Association will hold a pool party Aug. 7 at the Thunder Hill Neighborhood Pool. The party for Oakland Mills residents will include food, beverages, games and a disc jockey. Tickets, which must be purchased in advance, are $2.50 and are available at The Other Barn, 5851 Robert Oliver Place.

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