Grandmothers for Peace holding fundraising hootenanny Feb. 2

East Columbia

December 30, 2007

Grandmothers for Peace will sponsor a "Hootenanny for Peace," with the Columbia Psychedelic Hoot Band, at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 2 at the Owen Brown Interfaith Center, 7246 Cradlerock Way.

Those who attend are invited to sing, along with the band, wear 1960s clothes and bring 1960s pictures for a "Guess Who?" board. Floor pillows are welcome.

The suggested donation is $10; $5 for students. Most of the proceeds will be donated to Doctors Without Borders.

Information: 410-917-3190 or e-mail

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. 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 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. 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.

Sharon Cunningham will teach evening exercise 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 bring photos to the class. 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 and includes a book and compact disc. 410-313-7680.

Art -- 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 this week at East Columbia Senior Center. The10-week class is $60. Students should bring watercolors, acrylics, oils or pastels, or whatever materials are on hand. Materials, purchased separately, will be discussed at the first class. 410-313-7279.

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