Columbia Digest

Ski club meets

The Columbia Ski Club meets at 7 p.m. Monday, May 13, at Union Jack's, 10400 Little Patuxent Parkway. New members enjoy a 50 percent reduction in fees. Light appetizers will be provided. Open to the public. Information: 410-740-5225.


'The Full Monty'

Silhouette Stages presents the story of six unemployed steelworkers who decide to form a strip act. Shows at 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, May 17-18; 24-25, and 3 p.m. Sunday, May 19, at Slayton House, 10400 Cross Fox Lane in Columbia. Tickets and information: silhouettestages.com.

Spring event

The Columbia Foundation will host its New Beginnings Spring Party at 5:45 p.m. Tuesday, May 14, at Howard Community College's Horowitz Visual and Performing Arts Center, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway. Tickets $100 each. Information: 410-730-7840.

Master gardening

"Gardening for Seniors" will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 14, at Historic Oakland, 5430 Vantage Point Road. The presentation highlights modifications that can be made to garden areas to accommodate the limited mobility of older or disabled gardeners and provides information on garden tools. Information: 410-730-4744.

Art exhibits

•"Woodland Muse," an exhibit featuring the works of photographer Jim Auerbach, fabric artist Elaine Katz, oil painter Christina Bird-Walker and watercolorist-graphic artist Jane Wall, runs through Sunday, May 12, 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 themeetinghouse.org.

•"Motion," paintings by Nancy Lee Davis and Rana Geralis, are on view through Friday, May 24, at 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. The gallery is also open by appointment. Information: 410-740-8249 or artistsgallerycolumbia.com.

•"Parked Outside the Door," a photography exhibit by John Petro, will be on view through Saturday, June 1, in the Bill White Room and Lobby Gallery at Bernice Kish Gallery at Slayton House, 10400 Cross Fox Lane. 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.

Free guitar lessons

Fred Petrogallo, a retired Harford County Community College instructor, teaches people how to read music and tune a guitar at 10 a.m. Mondays at the Bain Center, 5470 Ruth Keeton Way. Students must furnish their own guitars and purchase the training manual. Registration is required. Information: 410-313-7469.

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 exercising to music. Information: 410-730-8113.


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.

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: 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 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.

Book club meets The Low-Vision Book Club has its first meeting at 11 a.m. Tuesday, May 14.

'Prepare to Care' Emily Leclercq and Jill Kamentz present this program designed to help adult children learn about services and programs available for aging family members at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 21.

'Clutter Busters' The monthly program takes place at 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 15.

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.

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

•A yoga class is offered at 11 a.m. Mondays and 2 p.m. Tuesdays. The cost is $24 per month.

•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.