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Columbia Digest

Quilt show

The Faithful Circle Quilters presents "Birds of a Feather Quilt Together" Thursday through Saturday, May 1-3, at First Presbyterian Church of Howard County, 9535 Presbyterian Circle. The event features more than 300 quilts on display, vendors, raffles, a silent auction and door prizes. Hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Information: 410-730-3545.

Call for artists

The Meeting House Gallery at the Oakland Mills Interfaith Center is accepting applications for artists to exhibit their works at the gallery for the 2015 season. The deadline for applications is May 1. For an application, go to

Farmers' market

The East Columbia Farmers' Market will be open for the first day of the season from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday, May 1, in the parking lot of the Howard County Library's East Columbia branch, 6600 Cradlerock Way. The market will be open every Thursday through Nov. 20.

Animal fair

The Unitarian Universalist Congregation sponsors the second annual Pat Fort Memorial Animal Fair from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, May 3, on the grounds of the Owen Brown Interfaith Center, 7246 Cradlerock Way. The event includes a wildlife display, animal rescue groups, service dog demonstration, crafts, music, face painting and food. Information: 410-381-0097.

Film screening

The Committee for Palestinian Rights sponsors a screening of the documentary "Stone Cold Justice," at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 6, at the Howard County Library's East Columbia branch, 6600 Cradlerock Way. A discussion led by Philip Farah, co-founder of the Washington Interfaith Alliance for Middle East Peace, will follow the screening. Free and open to the public. Information:

Art exhibits

•Artists' Gallery members present a show that expresses their feelings about spring through Friday, May 2, at the American City Building, 10227 Wincopin Circle in Columbia. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays. Closed Sundays. The gallery is also open by appointment. Information: 410-740-8249 or

•"Nature Visions," an exhibit featuring photographs from the Nature Visions Photo Expo in November, will be on view through Saturday, May 31, in the Meeting House Gallery, Oakland Mills Interfaith Center, 5885 Robert Oliver Place. Gallery hours are 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily. Information: 410-730-4090 or

•"Passion for Color," an exhibition featuring the paintings of Jenny Singleton and Beatrice Hardy, runs May 15 through June 14 in the Bernice Kish Gallery at Slayton House, 10400 Cross Fox Lane in Columbia. A reception with music and refreshments will be held from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 17. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays through 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.

'Ragtime' theater

The Howard County Arts Collective presents the Tony Award-winning musical "Ragtime" May 8-18 at Howard Community College's Smith Theatre, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway. Shows are at 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays and at 3 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are $15; $12 for military and seniors 60 and older; $10 for students with ID. Information: 443-518-1500 or


The Inter-Village Co-Rec Softball League seeks players 19 and older, especially couples and women, from all villages in Columbia. The league is slow-pitch, noncompetitive softball played Sunday afternoons at Wilde Lake Middle School fields from early May to August. Athletic skill is not required; The goal is to have fun in a relaxing social setting. Everyone plays. A league picnic and awards program will conclude the season. Information: Morse Solomon at 410-461-6712, email or go to

Around town

'Brain Fitness' Robin Zahor, a registered nurse, teaches techniques to keep the mind sharp at 10 a.m. Tuesday, May 6, at the Bain Center, 5470 Ruth Keeton Way, Columbia. Free. Information: 410-313-7213.

Zumba classes The Long Reach Community Association offers Zumba classes from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesdays. The class includes Latin and international music with a workout combining strength and resistance training with dance moves.  Information: 410-730-8113.

English club The Howard County Public Library, 10375 Little Patuxent Parkway, offers Let's Get Together: English Conversation Club, an opportunity for those who speak English as a second language to practice English in a group setting. It meets at 9:30 a.m. Mondays and 7:30 p.m. Thursdays. 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:

Food addicts recovery An informational and support meeting for those suffering from food addiction, food obsession, obesity, bulimia or undereating will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. Sundays at Harper House, 5495 Cedar Lane, Suite 1. Free. Information: 443-285-2603.

Singles social 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.

Chair yoga The East Columbia 50+ Center at the East Columbia branch of the Howard County Public Library, 6600 Cradlerock Way, offers chair yoga, an introduction to yoga aimed at easing the pain of arthritis, reducing fatigue and improving circulation and breathing, at 9:30 a.m. Tuesdays. Reservations: 410-313-7680.

Also at the 50+ Center:

Age Well Exercise Classes with Joyce DiTomaso will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Cost for an eight-week session is $35.

Belly dance class Learn hip movements, stretches, arm and hand techniques, and veil dancing at 1 p.m. Tuesdays. The first class is free, then a monthly fee is due.

Creative writing Beginner and advanced classes will be held Fridays. Cost is $116.

Harmonize exercise Classes are held at 9 a.m. Mondays and Wednesdays. Monthly fee.

Yoga Classes will be offered at 11 a.m. Mondays and 2 p.m. Tuesdays. Cost is $24 per month.

Chess club A group for novice and veteran players meets at 1 p.m. Thursdays. Free.

Movie time View newly released DVD movies on a big screen at 7 p.m. Thursdays. Free.

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