East Columbia

February 25, 2011

Dance performances

Howard Community College's Arts Collective Dance Company presents "Spring Forward: A Powerful Concert of Mixed Repertory" Thursday, March 3, through Sunday, March 6, in the Smith Theatre, Horowitz Visual and Performing Arts Center, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway. Shows at 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, and 3 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $15; $12 for seniors, members of the military and groups; $10 for students with valid ID. Tickets and information: 443-518-1500 or http://www.howardcc.edu/horowitzcenter.

Concert series

The Oakland Mills Community Association's Music and Arts Committee launches its World Music Series on March 20 at the Other Barn, 5851 Robert Oliver Place. Performing will be Fritete Afrobeat, featuring Kwame Ansah. Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door and can be purchased at the Other Barn or online at brownpapertickets.com/event/141962. Information: 410-730-4620 or 301-596-5237.


The Chesapeake Shakespeare Company presents this romantic adventure by William Shakespeare through March 19 at Oliver's Carriage House, 5410 Leaf Treader Way. Shows at 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays; Saturday matinees at 3 p.m. Tickets are $15-$30. Tickets and information: 866-811-4111 or chesapeakeshakespeare.com.

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:

•Touchstone Physical Therapy & Wellness will be at the center to perform balance tests, along with postural screenings and mobility tips from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. March 8. Free.

•An eye yoga class, designed to reduce tension in the eye muscles, will take place at 6 p.m. for three consecutive Mondays, beginning Feb. 28. Cost is $30.

•Line dancing with Mary McCormick on Mondays. 3:30 p.m. for advanced dancers; 4:30 p.m. for beginners. Cost is $43.

•Age Well Exercise with Joyce Diatoms will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Cost for 12-week session is $48.

•A class to reduce the fear of falling and increase the activity levels of older adults will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Tuesdays. Cost is $24.

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

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

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

•Ryan Shimabukuro leads a hula class from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Thursdays that helps tone and strengthen the body. Cost for a six-week session is $28.

•A chess club for novice and veteran players meets at 1 p.m. Thursdays. Free.

•View newly released DVD movies on a large screen at 7 p.m. Thursdays. Free.

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