Animal Advocates sets event for pets, owners

East Columbia

September 30, 2007

Animal Advocates of Howard County is planning its Walk For Paws for 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Lake Elkhorn.

Contests ("Biggest Ears, Best Tail Wagger"), activities, and demonstrations for dogs and people are planned. Dogs are welcome, as are people without dogs.

Homeless pets looking for permanent homes will be available. Proceeds from the walk will help saves the lives of cats and dogs.

Information: 410-880-2488, Ext. 4.

Columbia Clippers set swim clinic

The Columbia Clippers, the swim team of the Columbia Aquatics Association, will be hosts for a "Mutual of Omaha Breakout! Swim Clinic" with Olympic champion Josh Davis, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. tomorrow at the Supreme Sports Club.

The event, which is open to Clippers members ages 9 and older, will include demonstrations of and instruction on swim strokes and techniques. Some participants may have a chance to race against Davis.

Information: Jody Frey, 443-562-7645.

Around Town

Help wanted -- Oakland Mills Community Association is seeking participants for its International Fall Festival on Oct. 13 at the village center. Festival planners are seeking people interested in sharing their ethnic heritage with the community. Representatives of social service organizations, artisans, food vendors, cultural clubs, school groups and entertainers are welcome. Entertainment is to include performances by the Kinderman; Turner, Dean of Magic; the Fun Drug Rhythm Circle; and a Chinese dragon dance. Vendors are also needed. Susan Azoulay, 410-730- 4610.

50+ Center -- The East Columbia 50+ Center, in the East Columbia library, 6600 Cradlerock Way, will offer a Harmonize Exercise Class from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Mondays and Wednesdays. 410-313-7680.

O.H. Laster, a personal fitness trainer, will teach the fitness method called "Stamina, Strength, Stretch and Synergy." Registration is continuing. The cost is $3 a class.

Bridge for advanced players is offered from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesdays. Admission is free. Reservations are requested. Barbara Dudzinsky, 410-313-7680.

Reflexology -- deep foot massage -- is available between 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Mondays. The cost is $40 for a 50-minute treatment. Appointments are also available between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Fridays.

Reiki treatments are available by appointment between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. on the first and third Fridays of each month. The gentle technique is said to restore physical, emotional and spiritual balance and harmony. The cost is $30 for a 55-minute treatment.

Jesse Barnes, dancer and fitness trainer, will teach Soul Line Dancing from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays. The cost is $4 a class. Wear comfortable clothes and shoes. Registration is continuing.

Tai chi will be offered from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. Thursdays. The cost is $6. 410-313-7680.

Martial arts -- Long Reach Community Association will offer martial arts classes 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 different styles of Korean self-defense and is influenced by other martial arts such as chen tai chi, aikido, jujitsu, bagua 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. 410-730-8113.

Seeking volunteers -- The A-OK (Assisting Our Kids) mentoring/tutoring program, a project of Oakland Mills Interfaith Center, is recruiting and training volunteer mentors and tutors to work in elementary and middle schools with individual children and small groups. Opportunities are available during school hours, after school and in elementary school homework clubs. No specific skills are required; volunteers should be willing to commit to one hour a week during the school year. Chaya Kaplan, 410-730-6030, or Joe Willmott, 410-730-0229.

Children's programs -- Children's programs at the east Columbia library, 6600 Cradlerock Way, include "Market Tales -- All Together Now," a program of stories, songs and activities for children and adults, at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. Thursdays through Nov. 15. Participants can visit the farmers' market on the library parking lot in the afternoon. "Hola and Hello," a program of bilingual stories and songs for ages 2 to 5, will be offered at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. Wednesday. Tickets are available at the library's children's desk 30 minutes before each program. 410-313-7730.

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