Seniors can take line dancing

East Columbia

December 23, 2007

Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks will sponsor Country Line Dancing classes for seniors ages 60 and older from 4:45 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. Jan. 7 through March 17 at East Columbia Senior Center, 6600 Cradlerock Way.

The class, which is designed for beginners, includes basic terminology, count (drags, grapevine, scuff, stomp), easy foot patterns and advanced footwork. Partners are not needed.

Wear or take leather-sole shoes; sneakers are not allowed.

The cost is $33.

County Line Dancing II, for those who know the basic moves but want to add stylistic extras will be offered from 3:30 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. Mondays, Jan. 7 through March 17. The cost is $33.

Information: 410-313-7320 or 410-313-7279.

You can learn to draw and paint

You Can Draw and Paint classes, sponsored by Howard County Recreation and Parks, will be offered from 9:15 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. Fridays, starting Jan. 4 at East Columbia Senior Center.

The cost for the 10-week class is $60.

Students should take watercolors, acrylics, oils or pastels, or whatever materials are on hand. The instructor will provide direction for beginners and experienced dabblers.

Materials, which are purchased separately will be discussed at the first class.

Information: 410-313-7279.

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.

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. 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. 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.

New senior classes -- The East Columbia 50+ Center, 6600 Cradlerock Way, will offer a scrapbooking class from 10:30 a.m. to noon Tuesdays. The cost, $5 a session, includes materials. Participants should take photos to the class. Sessions are offered on photo safety and preservations, getting organized, cropping and journaling, tools and techniques and advanced scrapbooking. 410-313-7680.

An eight-week Spanish class, sponsored by Howard Community College, is to begin Jan. 22 at the 50+ Center. Classes will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Jan. 22 through March 11. Registration is required by Jan. 2. The cost is $89 for senior citizens and others and includes a book and compact disc. 410-313-7680.

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