50+ Center offers program on hearing loss

East Columbia

December 09, 2007

The East Columbia 50+ Center, 6600 Cradlerock Way, will present a program on audiology and hearing care at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Ron Kaplan, owner and director of Audiology & Hearing Care LLC, will discuss "Ten Ways to Recognize Hearing Loss."

Questions will be taken. The program is free. Lunch will be available at noon for $2. Reservations are required for lunch.

Information: 410-313-7680.

Library to help children draw

The east Columbia branch library, 6600 Cradlerock Way, will offer "Drawing on Your Imagination," a KidzArt program about drawing and illustration for children ages 5 to 11.

The 60-minute program will be offered at 10 a.m. Friday. Registration is required. Information: 410-313-7730.

Around Town

Seeking volunteers -- The A-OK (Assisting Our Kids) mentoring and tutoring program, a project of Oakland Mills Interfaith Center, is recruiting and training volunteers 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.

Holiday brunch -- The East Columbia 50+ Center in the east Columbia library, 6600 Cradlerock Way, will hold a holiday brunch and jazz concert from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. today. Live music will be sponsored by Harmony of the Sol, Zeta Alpha Sigma Columbia Chapter and Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity. Tickets are $10. Holiday door prizes are planned. 410-313-7680.

50+ Center -- East Columbia 50+ Center will offer a Harmonize Exercise class from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Mondays and Wednesdays. 410-313-7680.

Bridge for advanced players is offered from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesdays. No fee. Reservations are requested. Barbara Dudzinsky, 410-313-7680. Also offered:

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 also are 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. Registration is continuing.

Tai chi will be offered from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. Thursdays. The cost is $6. A new class, Beginner Tai Chi for Arthritis, will be offered from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Tuesday and Thursday. The cost is $4 a class.

A new evening exercise instructor, Sharon Cunningham, will teach from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays. The cost is $30 a month; $4 a class to drop in. 410-313-7680.

Young actors -- The Drama Learning Center, 9130-1 Red Branch Road, will present Once on This Island - performed by Teaching Young Actors, the center's teen professional company - at 7 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and 2 p.m. today and Saturday. Tickets are $12 for the evening performances. Reservations are recommended. The matinees for student groups feature a backstage tour, a chance to learn choreography and an opportunity to get autographs. The matinees are open to everyone. Reservations are required. The cost is $16 a person for groups of 10 or more; $17 a person for smaller groups. 410-997-9352.

Martial arts -- Long Reach Community Association will offer martial arts classes Jan. 8 through Feb. 28 at Stonehouse. 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. 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. 410-730-8113.

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