East Columbia

April 16, 2010

‘Jazz in the Mills'

Concert series opens today at the Other Barn, 5851 Robert Oliver Place, with vocalist Kristine Key. Showtime is 5 p.m. Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at door. Information: 410-730-4510 or brownpapertickets.com/event/103954.

English conversation club

If English is not your first language, practice speaking and understanding it in a group setting at 9:30 a.m. Mondays and 7:30 p.m. Thursdays at the Howard County Library's East Columbia branch, 6600 Cradlerock Way. Participants must register with the library before attending their first meeting. Information: 410-313-7700.

Singles social group

The Phoenix Cultural Singles Group, a Columbia social group for those ages 50 and older, meets from 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. Sundays at the Oakland Mills Interfaith Center, 5885 Robert Oliver Place in the Oakland Mills Village Center. Coffee, tea and a light snack are served. The group plans events and trips. Information: 410-997-0739.

Around town

Single Again Changing Focus/Single Again, a nonprofit program for adults who are separated, widowed or in the process of divorce, provides weekly presentations and small-group discussions in a confidential, comfortable atmosphere. The group meets at 7 p.m. Mondays at First Presbyterian Church, 9325 Presbyterian Circle. An orientation for new members is offered at 6:30 p.m. Information: changingfocus.org.

Chair yoga The East Columbia 50 Plus Center at the East Columbia branch of the Howard County library, 6600 Cradlerock Way, will offer "Chair Yoga," an easy introduction to yoga that helps ease the pain of arthritis, reduce fatigue and improve circulation and breathing, at 10 a.m. Tuesdays. Cost is $25 per month. Reservations: 410-313-7680.

Also at the 50 Plus Center:

•An evening exercise class will be held from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays. Personal trainer Sharon Cunningham is the instructor.

•A belly dance class will be held from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesdays. Instructor Camila Karam will teach hip movements, stretches, arm and hand techniques, and veil dancing. Cost is $25 a month.

•A yoga class with Camila Karam is offered from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays. The cost is $24 a month.

•Beginners' tai chi classes take place 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays. The cost is $24 a month.

•A water color workshop with Marilyn Evans will be held from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday. All materials provided. Cost is $30.

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