Columbia Digest

September 07, 2012

Health fair

Pass It Forward presents its second annual Community Health Fair beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 15, at The Other Barn, 5851 Robert Oliver Place. Participants can meet local health and fitness experts, and there will be goody bags, door prizes, healthy foods and fun for kids. Free. Information: 410-730-4610.

Ice cream Sunday

There will be free ice cream for high school students at 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 9, at Bridgeway Community Church, 9195 Red Branch Road. Information: 410-992-5832.

Public speaking

The Patuxent Toastmasters Club meets twice a month to give participants a chance to practice public speaking and leadership skills. Meetings are from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. the second and fourth Thursdays of the month at Oliver's Carriage House, 5410 Leaf Treader Way. Information: patuxenttoastmasters.org.

Musical Theatrix

Judy Templeton and Shari Grue teach students ages 5-15 techniques needed to perform in a musical or act on camera and how to begin a career in TV and film. Classes begin Monday, Sept. 10, at Slayton House, 10400 Cross Fox Lane. Information: 410-772-9448 or musicaltheatrix.com.

Exhibits

'Around the Beltway with The Baltimore Sun' An exhibit by Alice Webb is on view through Sunday, Sept. 23, in Howard Community College's Art Department Gallery, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway. Information: 443-518-1000 or howardcc.edu.

'Now and Then' An exhibit by Jim Adkins is on view through Sunday, Sept. 23, in Howard Community College's Rouse Co. Foundation Gallery, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway. Information: 443-518-1000 or howardcc.edu.

Exhibits at the galleries at Slayton House:

'Unique Visions' Photographs by Richard Paul Weibling will be on display in the Bill White Gallery, 10400 Cross Fox Lane. Information: 410-730-3987.

'Contemporary Movements' Mixed-media work by Maxine Taylor will be on view in the Lobby Gallery.

Both exhibits run through Oct. 6 at 10400 Cross Fox Lane. A reception for both exhibits, with refreshments and music, will be held from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15. Information: 410-730-3987.

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 music. Information: 410-730-8113.

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.

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+ 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+ 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.

•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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