Library plans forgiveness lessons

August 03, 2008

The Howard County Library and 40 community partners will offer "Lessons of Forgiveness," a part of the multiyear initiative "Choose Civility" designed to make Howard County a national model of respect, consideration, empathy and tolerance.

The program, which explores how justice, forgiveness and remembrance can transcend trauma and lead to new relationships, will be led by Katharina von Kellenbach, associate professor of Religious Studies at St. Mary's College of Maryland. It will be held at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 14 at the east Columbia branch library, 6600 Cradlerock Way.

Information: 410-313-7700.

Session to focus on gay matters

The Columbia/Howard County Chapter of PFLAG - Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays - will hold a question session and discussion of matters relating to the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 12 at the Owen Brown Interfaith Center, 7246 Cradlerock Way.

Those who attend will be asked to write their questions down and place them in a basket; they will be read aloud by a moderator. Everyone will be invited to participate in the discussion.

The mission of PFLAG -- Columbia/Howard County is to support parents of gay children. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Information: Colette Roberts, 410-290-8292.

Computer classes at 50+ center

Computer Seniors of America will offer basic, advanced and specialized day and evening classes at the east Columbia 50+ center.

Classes begin in September.

Information: 410-313-7680.

Around Town

Vendors sought : Applications are being accepted for vendors for a Save the Earth event at Lake Elkhorn Park from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 27. The event, sponsored by the Columbia Association's Teen and Middle School Advisory committees, will feature entertainment, food, crafts, games and information. Organizations are welcome to apply. Carol Wasser, 410-715-5523.

Pool party : The Oakland Mills Community Association will sponsor a pool party from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. tomorrow for Oakland Mills residents. The event includes swimming, pizza, soft drinks and dessert. Children younger than 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Tickets, available only at The Other Barn, are $3; children ages 3 and younger get in free. 410-730-4610.

Classes, therapies : The East Columbia 50+ Center is offering appointments for reflexology - deep foot massage - from 5:15 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. Mondays. The cost is $45 for an hour treatment. Appointments available between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. Fridays.

*"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 $21 a month; no drop-ins.

*AARP driver safety training for older people, an eight-hour refresher course, will be offered from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday. The cost is $10.

*Howard County Office of Consumer Affairs will offer a presentation on theft from 11 a.m. to noon Wednesday. Refreshments will be served. Reservations are required. 410-313-7680.

*Advanced bridge is offered from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays, and pinochle and bridge are played is at noon Fridays. Free. Drop-in players are welcome.

*Free Nutritional Counseling with Rona Martiyan, nutritionist for the Howard County Office on Aging, will be offered from 10 a.m. to noon Aug. 17. Appointments are required.

*Pilates class, to improve strength and flexibility while reducing stress, meets noon to 1 p.m. Thursdays. The cost is $36 for six weeks, beginning Aug. 21.

Information: 410-313-7680.

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