East Columbia

May 07, 2010

Community fair

Oakland Mills High School, 9410 Kilimanjaro Road, holds its annual "Reach Africa Community Fair" from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 15. Visitors can enjoy games, food and family fun. Admission is $1. All proceeds go to the building of a school in Webuye, Kenya. Information: reachafrica.webs.com.

Community services meeting

The Association of Community Services presents "What Would Miss Manners Say? Social Manners for Social Media" from noon to 1:30 p.m. May 19 at the Meeting House, 5885 Robert Oliver Place, Oakland Mills. Meeting explores the rules of good social media manners and suggests the options and best practices for posting, responding, revising and deleting posts on a numbers of platforms. Free. Information: 410-715-9545.

Music Matters Showcase

Matthew Otis, Looking for Curly, and the Jillian Borchard Band perform from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Saturday, May 15, at Mad City, 10801 Hickory Ridge Road. Information: 410-964-8671.


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

An International Book Club, sponsored by the Columbia Association's International Exchange and Multicultural Programs, meets at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 12, 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:

•A jewelry design class will be held from 9:30 a.m. to noon Wednesday, May 12. Donna Weeks teaches how to make bracelets or necklaces. All provided. Cost is $18.

•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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