East Columbia

April 30, 2010

Concert

The UU Chalice Concert Series presents the Peabody Conservatory Preparatory Gala at 7 p.m. May 22 at the Owen Brown Interfaith Center, 7246 Cradlerock Way. Event features soloists, ensembles and an orchestra. Tickets are $30, $18 for students with ID. Children younger than 12 admitted free with a paying adult. Information: 410-381-0097.

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.

Book club

A new International Book Club sponsored by the Columbia Association's International Exchange and Multicultural Programs meets the second Wednesday of each month at 7:30 p.m. at the Columbia Art Center, 6100 Foreland Garth. Books will be in English, written by international authors and be about culture. Information: 410-715-3162.

Singles social group

The Phoenix Cultural Singles Group, a Columbia social group for those 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.

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