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Teen panel discussion

St. John's Catholic Church's Youth Ministry hosts a HC Drug Free Teen 2 Teen at 6:40 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 27, at 10431 Twin Rivers Road. A panel of teens will describe their experiences with substance abuse and recovery. A drug and alcohol abuse counselor will answer questions and give tips on what parents should look for. Information:


Craft fair

Oakland Mills High School hosts its 25th annual craft fair at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 2, at 9410 Kilimanjaro Road. The fair will feature more than 90 vendors offering jewelry, wood crafts, home decor and more. Lunch items and baked goods will be available for purchase. Information: 410-313-6945.


Mystery authors

Donna Andrews, Mary Burton, Sujata Massey, Joanna Campbell Slan, Rebecca York and other authors from the Chesapeake Chapter of Sisters in Crime will meet and discuss their works at 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2, at Howard County Library's East Columbia Branch, 6600 Cradlerock Way. Free. Light refreshments will be served. Information: 410-313-7700.


Silhouette Stages' production of the play "The 1940s Radio Hour" will be performed through Sunday, Nov. 3, at Slayton House, 10400 Cross Fox Lane. Shows are at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are $20. For more information, call 410-637-5289 or go to


The National Marionette Theatre presents Carlo Collodi's tale about a wooden puppet who desires to become a real boy at 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 3, at Howard Community College's Horowitz Art Center, Smith Theatre, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway. Tickets are $11. Information: 410-997-2324 or

Clothing drive

The Columbia Youth and Teen Center's Teen Outreach Committee is collecting gently used clothes for all family members during October and November. Donations can be brought to The Barn, 5853 Robert Oliver Place, from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Fridays or by appointment. Information: 410 -992-3726.


Art exhibit

•"2Artists2Views," an exhibition of watercolors by Bonita Glaser and Oriental brushwork by Jing-Jy Chen, runs through Dec. 19 in the lobby and Bill White Room galleries at the Bernice Kish Gallery at Slayton House, 10400 Cross Fox Lane in Columbia. A reception with refreshments and music will be held from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2. 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.

•"The Sum and Its Parts: Deborah Berman Collages" will be on view Nov. 7 through Dec. 1 at the Columbia Art Center's Window Gallery, 6100 Foreland Garth. A reception will be held from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9. Hours are 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. Information: 410-730-0075 or

Around town

Stepping out The Long Reach Community Association offers classes in Chicago-style stepping for adults from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays. The class offers fellowship opportunities while exercising to music. Information: 410-730-8113.

Guitar lessons Fred Petrogallo, a retired Harford County Community College instructor, teaches 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.


English conversation The Howard County 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. 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:

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.

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•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 will be offered at 11 a.m. Mondays and 2 p.m. Tuesdays. 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 big screen at 7 p.m. Thursdays. Free.

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.