Columbia Digest

'Let the Love In'

An interactive workshop hosted by the Domestic Violence Center of Howard County will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, at the Overlook Center, 5457 Twin Knolls Road. The workshop is designed for individuals who are not in crisis and want to explore issues related to personal growth and healthy relationships. Free, but donations will be accepted. Information: 410-997-0304.


The Town Center Community Association presents a vocal recital featuring the U.S. Army Field Band at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 28, Historic Oakland, 5430 Vantage Point Road. Light refreshments will be served. Free. Information: 410-730-4744.

Flea market

Sell those unwanted treasures at the Long Reach Flea Market Saturday, Sept. 29, beginning at 8 a.m. Cost is $20 per space, $15 for residents. Call 410-730-8113 for directions and more information.

Public speaking

The Patuxent Toastmasters Club meets twice a month to give participants a chance to practice public speaking and leadership skills. Meetings are from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. the second and fourth Thursdays of the month at Oliver's Carriage House, 5410 Leaf Treader Way. Information:

Musical Theatrix

Judy Templeton and Shari Grue teach students ages 5-15 techniques needed to perform in a musical or act on camera and how to begin a career in TV and film at Slayton House, 10400 Cross Fox Lane. Information: 410-772-9448 or


'Around the Beltway with The Baltimore Sun' An exhibit by Alice Webb is on view through Sunday, Sept. 23, in Howard Community College's Art Department Gallery, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway. Information: 443-518-1000 or

'Now and Then' An exhibit by Jim Adkins is on view through Sunday, Sept. 23, in Howard Community College's Rouse Co. Foundation Gallery, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway. Information: 443-518-1000 or

'Eclectic' An exhibit featuring the works of Rosalind Alumanah, Lauren Kingsland, Miroslava Longfield and Victor Pozhidayev is on view through Nov. 4 at the Meeting House Gallery in the Oakland Mills Interfaith Center, 5885 Robert Oliver Place. Gallery hours are 8 a.m.-9 p.m. daily. Information: 410-730-4090 or

'Three Roads, One Destination' The works of Winnie Coggins, Deborah Hoeper and Jerry Weinstein is on view through Friday, Sept. 28, at Artists' Gallery, American City Building, 10227 Wincopin Circle in Columbia. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays-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

Exhibits at the galleries at Slayton House:

'Unique Visions' Photographs by Richard Paul Weibling will be on display in the Bill White Gallery. Information: 410-730-3987.

'Contemporary Movements' Mixed-media work by Maxine Taylor will be on view in the Lobby Gallery.

Both exhibits run through Oct. 6 at 10400 Cross Fox Lane. Information: 410-730-3987.

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 burning calories to music. Information: 410-730-8113.

Stand-up comedy

The "ER" show, hosted by Sean Savoy, takes place at 8 p.m. Tuesdays at Nottingham's Tavern, 8850 Stanford Blvd., Suite 1100. Tickets are $10. Reservations and information: 410-290-0077.

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.

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:

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

Focus on the care giver Jessican Row leads a meeting to discuss the challenges faced everyday by care givers will be held from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 30. Free.

Creative writing Shana Johnson leads a class that teaches participants how to express their creativity in writing from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays, starting Oct. 1. Cost is $43 for the five week course.

Also at the 50+ Center:

•Line dancing with Mary McCormick will be offered Oct. 1-29 at 3 p.m. Mondays for advanced dancers, 4 p.m. for beginners. Cost for the five week session is $51; $45 for beginners.

•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. First class is free, then a monthly fee.

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

•Beginner tai chi classes start in October. Call for details.

•A chess club for novice and veteran players meets at 1 p.m. Thursdays. Free.

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