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Columbia Digest

Holiday tree sale

The Atholton Athletic Boosters annual holiday tree sale will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15, at the school, 6520 Freetown Road. Douglas and Fraser firs will be available. Proceeds benefit the school's athletic teams. Information: 410-313-7065.


'Jazz for the Holidays'

The African Art Museum presents "Jazz for the Holidays," featuring Saisa and Company at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 19, at the Holiday Inn Hotel Columbia, 7900 Washington Blvd. in Jessup. The event also features a silent auction. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door. Information: 301-490-6070.


Flea market and sale

The Howard County NAACP Youth Council sponsors a Holiday Flea Market/Craft and Bake Sale beginning at 8 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 21, at Ridgely's Run Community Center, 8400 Mission Road in Jessup. $15 per table, or two for $25. Information: 443-280-1935.

Cellphone photos

The Bet Aviv Camera Club hosts a presentation on cellphone photography by Tony Sweet at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 23, at the Meeting House, 5885 Robert Oliver Place, in the Oakland Mills Interfaith Center. Free. Information: 410-997-5366.

Food addicts recovery

Informational and support meeting for those suffering from food addiction, food obsession, obesity, bulimia or under-eating will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. Sundays, Dec. 15 and 22 at Harper House, 5495 Cedar Lane, Suite 1. Free. Information: 443-285-2603.

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.


Art exhibits

•"2Artists2Views," an exhibition of watercolors by Bonita Glaser and Oriental brushwork by Jing-Jy Chen, is on view through Thursday, Dec. 19, in the lobby and Bill White Room galleries at the 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.

•"Season of Light," an exhibit featuring the works of  Fran Abrams, Beth Kosterich, Coriolana Simon, Douglas Wolters, Lauren Kingsland and Joyce Ritter, is on view through Saturday, Jan. 11, in the Meeting House Gallery, Oakland Mills Interfaith Center, 5885 Robert Oliver Place. Information: 410-730-4090 or

•Raquel Arias will exhibit her works in embossed metal titled "Transitions" in the Bill White Room Gallery, and a group exhibit "Cross-Continental Connection," will be on view in the Lobby Gallery Jan. 9 through Feb. 15 at the Bernice Kish Gallery at Slayton House, 10400 Cross Fox Lane in Columbia. A reception will be held from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 12. 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

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.


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.

Also at the 50+ Center:

Meeting A caregivers support group meets at 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 16.


'iPad Lab' Learn to Skype, create a Facebook page or start following people on Twitter on Friday, Dec. 20. Reservations by appointment only. Free.

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.