Columbia Digest

May 18, 2012

Happy Birthday, Columbia

The Columbia Association hosts a celebration to commemorate the 45th birthday of Columbia from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. June 23 at the Town Center Lakefront. The event features entertainment, children's games and activities, a brick paver dedication, walking tour and a cake-cutting ceremony. With the theme, "45 Ways to Give Back to Columbia," more than 40 local nonprofit organizations will have booths at the lakefront to inform Columbia residents of the many ways they can invest in the well-being of their community. Information: columbiaassociation.org/events.

'Color Off The Grid'

An exhibit featuring the works of Barbara Nuss, John Petro, Chick Rhodehamel and Rhona LK Schonwald opens Sunday, May 27, and runs through July 8 in The Meeting House Gallery, Oakland Mills Interfaith Center, 5885 Robert Oliver Place, Columbia. A wine and cheese reception will be held from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. June 24. Gallery hours are 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily. Information: 410-730-4090 or themeetinghouse.org.

Art show

The Willowbrook Art Show, featuring watercolors, acrylics, mixed-media, cards and prints by Willowbrook Studio artists, will take place June 1-2 at Oliver's Carriage House, 5410 Leaf Treader Way. A reception will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. June 1. Information: 410-446-7584.

Dance classes

The Long Reach Community Association offers "Chicago-style stepping" classes for adults from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays. Stepping offers fellowship opportunities while burning calories to smooth music. Information: 410-730-8113.

Art exhibits

•"Nature Interpreted," an exhibition of works by Maureen Bannon, Carol Carey, Gerry Czajkowski, David Pumplin, Coriolana Simon and Doug Wolters, runs through Sunday, May 20, at the Meeting House Gallery, 5885 Robert Oliver Place. Hours and information: 410-730-4090.

•"Color Vibration," a solo exhibition of oil paintings by Nancy Davis, runs through Friday, May 25, at Artists' Gallery, American City Building, 10227 Wincopin Circle in Columbia. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays and 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturdays. Closed Sundays. The gallery is also open by appointment. Information: 410-740-8249 or http://www.artistsgallerycolumbia.com.

•"In Tandem," an exhibition of works in pastel by Kay Sandler and water media by Deborah Maklowski, is on view through Saturday, May 26, in the Bernice Kish Gallery at Slayton House, 10400 Cross Fox Lane, Columbia. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays. Closed Sundays. Information: 410-730-3987 or 301-596-4883.

Stand-up comedy

The "ER" show, hosted by Sean Savoy, takes place at 8 p.m. Tuesdays at Nottingham's Tavern, 8850 Stanford Blvd., Suite 1100. Tickets are $10. Reservations and information: 410-290-0077.

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

English conversation The Howard County Library, 10375 Little Patuxent Parkway, offers Let's Get Together: English Conversation Club. The club offers an opportunity for those for whom English is a second language to practice speaking and understanding English in a group setting. It meets at 9:30 a.m. Mondays and 7:30 p.m. Thursdays. Register with the library before your first meeting. Information: 410-313-7850.

Wii Club The Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks offers a Wii Club for those 55 and older from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Tuesdays at the Bain Center, 5470 Ruth Keeton Way. The first game is free. Information: 410-313-7213.

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, offers chair yoga, an easy introduction to yoga that eases the pain of arthritis, reduces fatigue and improves circulation and breathing, at 9:30 a.m. Tuesdays. Reservations: 410-313-7680.

Also at the 50 Plus Center:

•Line dancing with Mary McCormick will be held at 3:30 p.m. Mondays 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 a 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 per month.

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

•Beginner tai chi classes are offered from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays. The cost is $24 per 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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