Columbia Digest

King celebration

The 29th annual celebration of the life and legacy of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. will be held Sunday, Jan. 19, at Howard Community College's Horowitz Visual and Performing Arts Center, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway in Columbia. A reception begins at 2 p.m. and the program at 3 p.m. The event is free; attendees are asked to bring a canned food item to support the Howard County Food Bank. This year's keynote speaker is District Court Associate Judge Pamila J. Brown. The event will include performances by cultural groups and recognition of the 2013 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Student Essay Contest winners and the "Living the Dream" award recipient. Information: 410-313-6430 or mtoth@howardcountymd.gov.


Theater classes

Musical Theatrix presents its winter season of classes for its production of "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" for grades one through 10 at Slayton House Theatre, 10451 Twin Rivers Road. Classes begin Wednesday, Jan. 22, and include singing, dancing and acting, and culminate in a performance. There will be live musical accompaniment at every rehearsal. For cost and information, call 410-772-9448.

Dance concert

The Hammond High School dance department presents its annual Winter Dance Concert at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 23, and Friday, Jan. 24, at 8800 Guilford Road. Tickets are $8, discounted for seniors and free for children 5 and younger. Information: 410-313-7615.

Arts camp

Slayton House Camp of the Arts, 10400 Cross Fox Lane, is offering a special: Register by Feb. 15 and pay 2013 prices. The $50 registration fee will also be waived if registered by Feb. 15. Register by March 1 and pay 2013 prices; however, there will be no registration fee waiver. Information: 410-730-3098 or campofthearts.com.

Art exhibits

•"The Gift of Art," an all-media, all-member show, runs through Friday, Jan. 31, at the Artists' Gallery, 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 3:30 p.m. Saturdays. Closed Sundays. The gallery is also open by appointment. Information: 410-740-8249 or artistsgallerycolumbia.com.

•Raquel Arias' works in embossed metal, titled "Transitions," will be on view in the Bill White Room Gallery, and a group exhibit, "Cross-Continental Connection," will be on view in the Lobby Gallery through Saturday, Feb. 15, at the Bernice Kish Gallery at Slayton House, 10400 Cross Fox Lane in Columbia. 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.

Around town

Zumba 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 conversation The Howard County Public Library, 10375 Little Patuxent Parkway, offers Let's Get Together: English Conversation Club, an opportunity to practice speaking and understanding English in a group setting, for those who speak English as a second language. 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. 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.


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.

Bring your own beads Repair and replace beaded items or become inspired by others from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 22. Extra beads and hardware are available as needed at a nominal cost.

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 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.