Ellicott City

November 22, 2013

Thanksgiving bread

All are invited to bring bread or another grain-based dish from their ethnic or cultural tradition for sharing at a 10 a.m. service Sunday, Nov. 24, at Channing Memorial Church, 3230 Bethany Lane. Information: 410-840-2354.

Art exhibits

The Howard County Arts Council presents two exhibits through Friday, Dec. 13, in the galleries at the Howard County Center for the Arts, 8510 High Ridge Road. In Gallery I is the biennial multimedia juried exhibit "Art HoCo 2013," featuring more than 50 works by 39 Howard County artists. "Complex Transformations" in Gallery II features works of mixed-media by Allie Rex, Eric Standley and Alice Whealin. Information: 410-313-2787.

English conversation

Practice speaking and understanding English in a small group at 7:45 p.m. Wednesdays at the Howard County Library's Miller branch, 9421 Frederick Road in Ellicott City. No registration is required. Information: 410-313-1950.

Around town

English conversation The Miller branch of the Howard County Public Library, 9421 Frederick Road, offers "Let's Get Together: English Conversation Club," a chance for those for whom English is a second language to practice speaking and understanding English in a group setting. The club meets at 7:45 p.m. Wednesdays. Information: 410-313-1950.

Ellicott City Senior Center

These events take place at the Ellicott City Senior Center, 9401 Frederick Road, 410-313-1421:

Holiday event The center's first Holiday Craft Boutique will be held from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 4, with more than 20 vendors offering jewelry, pottery, quilted items, knitted items, wood works, greeting cards, jams and jellies, wreaths, ornaments and more. There will also be door prizes and giveaways at the event sponsored by Encore of Turf Valley. Proceeds benefit Grassroots of Howard County and the center. Admission is $1.

Blood pressure screenings Stop in from 9 a.m. to noon Tuesdays for free blood pressure readings by a registered nurse. Information: 410-313-1425.

Qi Gong Jessica Koch leads students in a class that consists of a series of gentle movements synchronized with breathing that promotes energy movement through the body. Classes will be held Jan. 10 through March 14. Cost is $58.

'Ask the Pharmacist' Don Hamilton will provide the latest updates and important information concerning medications at 11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 25. Bring questions, drug lists or prescription containers to discuss concerns.

Gentle Beginning Yoga Classes will be held at 6:30 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays.

Gold Strength Move through a variety of exercises designed to increase muscular strength and range of movement and improve balance at 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Zumba Gold Classes will be held at 5:30 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays.

Also at the center:

•Billiards, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.

•Pingpong, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays and Fridays.

•Pinochle, noon to 3 p.m. Mondays and Fridays.

•Mah-jongg, 9 a.m. Tuesdays.

•Spring Insighters, 12:30 p.m. Tuesdays.

•Needlework Club, 1 p.m. Wednesdays.

•Canasta, 1 p.m. Thursdays.

•Spring Men's Forum, 10:30 a.m. Thursdays.

•Movies/documentaries, 1 p.m. Fridays.

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