School theater holds bingo

East Columbia

May 11, 2008

The Oakland Mills High School theater department will hold Longaberger Basket Bingo on Friday at the school, 9410 Kilimanjaro Road. Doors open at 5 p.m., and bingo begins at 6 p.m.

All the baskets are filled; some rare baskets will be featured. Admission is $15 in advance; $20 at the door. Extra Bingo cards, food and drinks will be available to purchase.

Information or to purchase tickets: Jeanne Celtnieks, 410-884-2844.

Etching discourages car theft

The Maryland/DC Anti Car Theft Committee and the Howard County Police Department will offer a Free Vehicle Identification Etching session from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 31 at the Oakland Mills village Center.

A unique vehicle identification number, or VIN, can be engraved on all the major pieces of glass in each car as a deterrent to theft and to assist in recovering stolen vehicles.

Those who attend can register in the Watch Your Car Program, a national vehicle theft prevention program.

Information: Janet Stabile, vehicle theft prevention specialist at the Howard County Police Department, 410-313-3337.

Adults can learn to belly dance

The Long Reach Community Association will offer belly dancing classes for adults May 19 through July 14 at 8775 Cloudleap Court in the Long Reach Village Center.

Beginners meet from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m.; advanced dancers from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. The cost is $76 for an eight-week session. A 5 percent discount is available to those living on Columbia Association-assessed property.

Information: 410-730-8113.

Around Town

Beading class -- The Columbia Association Art Center, 6100 Foreland Garth, will offer a bead-stringing workshop, with artist Pat Baker, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today. Participants can learn techniques for creating a bracelet, necklace and a pair of earrings. Tuition is $60 for residents; $70 for nonresidents. 410-730-0075.

Classes, therapies -- The East Columbia 50+ Center is offering appointments for reflexology -- deep foot massage -- 5 p.m. to 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 10 a.m. to 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.

Tai Chi for Arthritis is offered 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. The emphasis is on breathing and inner stillness to relieve stress and anxiety. The cost is $32 a month; no drop-ins.

"Harmonize Exercise Class" meets 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Mondays and Wednesdays. O.H. Laster, a personal fitness trainer, teaches "Stamina, Strength, Stretch and Synergy." The cost is $24 a month; no drop-ins.

Pilates class, to improve strength, flexibility and coordination while reducing stress, meets noon to 1 p.m. Thursdays. The cost is $36 for six weeks.

Trip to the Hillwood Estate: Museum and Gardens in Washington is planned 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Thursday. The cost is $50. Registration and payment are due as soon as possible. 410-313-7680.

Hammond dances -- The Hammond High School dance department will present its last concert of the year at 7 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday in the school auditorium, 8800 Guilford Road. Tickets are $8. A three-day ticket for all three concerts costs $20. 410-313-7615.

Free kids' clinic -- The Kiwanis Club of Columbia will join with the Oakland Mills Community Association in supporting an early childhood dental clinic to be held from 9 a.m. to noon Friday at The Other Barn in the Oakland Mills Village Center. The clinic is sponsored by Parents As Teachers, a parent education and support program of the Howard County Office of Children's Services. Children can receive a free dental examination and a free application of fluoride.

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