Morale booster offered for cancer patients

West Columbia

September 16, 2007

The Claudia Mayer Cancer Resource Center, 5900 Cedar Lane, in cooperation with the American Cancer Society, will hold "Look Good ... Feel Better," a free, nonmedical program to help boost the morale and natural healing potential of women being treated for cancer.

The program will be held from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. tomorrow at the resource center.

Information or registration: 888-535-4555 or 410-740-5858.

Trivia contest in Town Center

The Town Center Community Association will sponsor a trivia contest from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday at Historic Oakland, 5430 Vantage Point Road. Town Center resident Kirk Christopher has designed the contest, which will be played in a team format. He will be the moderator.

Participants can come with a team, or be assigned to a team. Topics for questions include television, politics, history, geography, current events, movies and other subjects.

Light refreshments will be served. Information or registration:410-730-4744.

Blood drive set at Historic Oakland

The Town Center Community Association will sponsor a Red Cross blood drive from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 25 at Historic Oakland.

To schedule an appointment: 800-GIVE-LIFE.

The association will also sponsor an evening clarinet recital by musicians from the U.S. Army Field Band at 7 p.m. Sept. 27 in the ballroom at Historic Oakland. Light refreshments will be served.

Admission is free, but reservations are requested.

Information: 410-730-4744.

Massage therapist to give talk

The Jewish Federation of Howard County will sponsor a discussion by massage therapist Diane Ziegler at 10:30 a.m. Sept. 25 at the Bain Center, 5470 Ruth Keeton Way.

Admission is free for members; $3 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 under conditions of stress and panic 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 those 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.

Lake plans -- 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 held at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow at Slayton House in Wilde Lake Village Center and at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 25 at Oakland Manor in Town Center. Slayton House, 410-730-3987; Oakland Manor, 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. Tuesday 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.

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.

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 those 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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