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By Lisa Kawata | July 27, 2011
Although storm clouds darkened the sky over Loyola University's campus in Columbia last April, they were no match for the bright lights and broad grins shining on a makeshift stage inside the graduate center. There, before a standing room only crowd, 14 kids sang and danced their way to a better life. The show had nothing to do with fame or talent. All the glory came because one child stepped up to the microphone and another one could sing a song without prompting. One actually looked at his fellow actors as he spoke, and another smiled on cue. This was the sixth performance of Expanding Horizons: Broadway Kids, a program for special needs kids, mostly with Down syndrome and autism disorders, designed to combine speech therapy with theater skills to improve communication and social interaction.
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August 31, 2007
6 new ministers to be installed The Columbia Center for Spiritual Living will install six newly licensed ministers at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 28 at the Hawthorn Center, 6175 Sunny Spring, Columbia. The nondenominational center, formerly known as The Columbia Church of Religious Science, honors diversity and endorses the idea of a variety of paths to spiritual experience, said Heather Wandell, vice president of the church board. "We've been here since 1983 and even before that," said the church's senior minister, the Rev. Nancy Stepp.
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May 25, 2007
Chase Brexton plans open house June 20 As part of Columbia's 40th birthday celebration, Chase Brexton Health Services will hold a community open house at its Columbia center from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. June 20. Housed in offices in Twin Knolls North, the center provides primary adult medical care, pediatric care, women's health services, mental health services, case management, counseling, testing and referral services for diverse communities. For those who are uninsured, underinsured or in need, Chase Brexton offers a sliding scale of fees and help in accessing state and federal assistance programs.
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By Sherry Joe and Sherry Joe,Sun Staff Writer | May 27, 1994
A regional oncology center created by Howard County General Hospital and the University of Maryland is set to open in Columbia in October.Yesterday the University of Maryland Medical Center announced that it has finalized an agreement with Philips Medical Systems North America, a supplier of diagnostic imaging and radiation equipment.According to the April 30 agreement, Philips will provide $10 million worth of equipment to the Howard County site and to a new University of Maryland facility in Baltimore, with about a third of the equipment to be used in the Columbia center.
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By Shanon D. Murray and Shanon D. Murray,SUN STAFF | May 14, 1997
In what appears to be a battle of dueling conference centers, the Turf Valley Resort and Conference Center announced expansion plans this week.A corporate hotel during the week and a wedding haven on weekends, Turf Valley plans to become a residential community as well next year, resort officials said this week.Their announcement comes on the heels of an expansion plan by the Columbia Inn Hotel and Conference Center in Town Center that would add 10,000 square feet of convention space, giving it a total of 22,000 square feet.
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By Jill L. Kubatko and Jill L. Kubatko,Contributing Writer | December 11, 1994
The county Office on Aging has opened a new senior center in the east Columbia branch library, part of a two-year reorganization intended to improve service for the county's growing elderly population.The center, which opened Nov. 9 but will hold grand opening ceremonies tomorrow, offers recreation and and educational programs, Spanish classes, bird watching, a peer support group, health screenings, arts and crafts, and a daily lunch.The center, at 6600 Cradlerock Way in east Columbia, will be open from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday except holidays and weekends.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen and Frederick N. Rasmussen,SUN STAFF | April 8, 2000
Karen Lynne Yochim, an acupuncturist who was a founder of the Columbia Center for the Healing Arts, died Tuesday of cancer at her Roland Park home. She was 40. Miss Yochim also had worked as a financial planner for Investment Management and Research Inc. since 1982. She was working part time for the Calverton firm, which is now Potomac Financial Group, at the time of her death. She became interested in acupuncture -- the ancient healing art that was developed in China more than 5,000 years ago and relies on needles to correct the imbalance of "chi," or the life force -- after suffering a spinal injury and being treated with acupuncture in her 20s. "After her first bout with cancer in 1988, she again was treated with acupuncture and eventually decided that she wanted to be an acupuncturist," said her mother, Marie Patricia Yochim of St. Petersburg, Fla. Miss Yochim graduated in 1996 with a master's degree from the Traditional Acupuncture Institute in Columbia, and was a founder in 1997 of the Columbia Center for the Healing Arts, where she tended to patients until last month.
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By Anthony Scalfani | July 28, 2011
Say you're a teenager. It's June and summer is ready to roll around. You have a few choices. You can get a summer job, spend your summer sleeping in late and hanging at the pool, or go right back into a school building and learn more. Few would probably choose the last example. But spending the summer inside a school building is exactly what kids from the around the region are doing as part of the Columbia Center for Theatrical Arts' annual Teen Professional Theatre. And from the popularity of the program, it seems most kids couldn't imagine a better way to spend their summers.
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By Mike Bowler and Mike Bowler,SUN STAFF | March 15, 1998
THERE SHOULDN'T be a bustling Sylvan Learning Center smack-dab in the middle of Howard County, where all children are above average.Still, there it is in downtown Columbia: a Sylvan center tutoring kids in the reading, writing, math and study skills that most didn't pick up in school.The Columbia center of the Baltimore-based company is one of the 20 busiest in an international chain of 700 centers. Each week, 165 kids crowd into the bright Sylvan classrooms after school and in the early evening.
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