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Apple Butter Festival

An Apple Butter Festival and Yard Sale will be held beginning at 8 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, at Alberta Gary United Methodist Church, 9405 Guilford Road. Lunch is available. Free yard sale spaces are available. Information: 301-725-6307.

Contributions needed

The churches of the Wilde Lake Interfaith Center need eyeglasses, musical instruments, adult and children's bicycles, hearing aids, portable sewing machines, women's pocketbooks, baseball equipment and cellphones. The church will send items to a needy family in Latin America, Africa or Baltimore. Sewing machines and musical instruments need to be in working condition; other items do not. Drop off contributions from 9 a.m to noon Saturday, Oct. 6, at the Wilde Lake Interfaith Center parking lot at Twin Rivers Road. Tax receipts will be supplied. Information: 301-774-7069.


Healthy Families Howard County and Larry Stevens Art will host a fall fundraiser from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11, at Slayton House, 10400 Crossfox Lane, to benefit families being assisted by the organization. There will be light refreshments and door prizes. A $5 donation will be accepted at the door. Information: 410-730-3987.

Garden club

The Longfellow Garden Club sponsors a Tea & Talk at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11, at the Bain Center, 5470 Ruth Keeton Way. Participants can learn how art influenced the creation of the English garden and enjoy an English tea. Free. Information: 443-803-4850.


Long & Foster Columbia Gives seeks vendors for its third annual Holiday Market being held from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Dec. 4 at Slayton House, 10400 Cross Fox Lane. 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:


'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. to 9 p.m. daily. Information: 410-730-4090 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 Saturday, 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.

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 caregiver Jessica Row leads a meeting from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 30, to discuss the daily challenges faced by caregivers. 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 at 3 p.m. Mondays in October 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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