Soroptimists back medical-aid group

The Howard County Soroptimist Club recently presented a check for $1,580 from Soroptimist South Atlantic Region clubs to Interchurch Medical Assistance Inc., an interdenominational, faith-based organization that ships medical products to health facilities that serve the poor in developing countries.

The money will help support an international medical project sponsored by 31 Soroptimist clubs in the region. The clubs have purchased 150 medical kits during the past two years. The kits, which cost about $130 each, contain over-the-counter medicines, vitamin supplements, antiseptics, bandages and other items.

The 10-year project, known as the Soroptimist Village Dispensary Kit Program, has provided almost $40,000 in medicines and medical supplies to rural health clinics in Central America and the Caribbean.

Soroptimist is an international volunteer organization of business and professional women who work to improve the lives of women and girls around the world. The club also made donations to victims of Hurricane Katrina, earthquake victims in Pakistan and victims of the in South Asia tsunami.

Luau Party July 22 at Clarksville church

The Young Adult Ministry of St. Louis Church in Clarksville will hold a Luau Party from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. July 22 in the St. Louis School gymnasium in Clarksville.

Young adults, ages 18 to 35, are invited to come in beach attire (shirts must be worn.) Entertainment will be provided.

The cost is $5. Donations will be taken for Catholic Charities, which will purchase school supplies for needy children.

Information: 410-531-6668.

Woodstock church plans pasta dinner

Granite Presbyterian Church, 10637 Old Court Road, Woodstock, will sponsor a pasta dinner from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. July 29 in the church social hall.

The menu will offer a choice of chicken Alfredo with linguine or meatballs and spaghetti. Included are salad, dessert, a beverage and bread and butter.

Tickets are $10 in advance; $11 at the door. Children ages 6 to 11 will pay $5, and those younger will dine for free.

Information: 410-461-5349.

Basketball camp at Chapelgate

Chapelgate Christian Academy will offer a basketball camp for boys in grades nine through 12 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 14-18.

The cost is $75. Registration forms are available at the school or online at www.

Information: Frick Frierson, 410-442-5888.

Free Torah class for women offered

The Lubavitch Center for Jewish Education, 770 Howes Lane, Columbia, is offering a free Torah class for women, led by Rebbetzin Chanie Baron, at noon Wednesdays.

Beginners and advanced students are welcome, and mothers are invited to bring their children.

A study group for men and women meets at 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays to discuss the Tanya, the classic late 18th-century work on Jewish mysticism by Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi.

A second group for men and women meets at 8:30 p.m. Thursdays to study the Talmud, the oral interpretation of the Torah. The current topic is Tractate Brachos, which deals with the origins of Jewish prayer and blessings over food.

Classes are free; registration is not required.

Information: 410-740-2424.

Journeys group publishes a book

Journeys Community has published a book, Seeking the Spirit: How to Create a Community of Seekers. The book describes the history of the Columbia group and its nontraditional liturgy.

Journeys Community meets at 10 a.m. Sundays in the second-floor auditorium of Vantage House Life-Care Retirement Community, 5400 Vantage Point Road in Town Center, Columbia.

This week's theme is "The Deep Spirituality of Music."

Information: 410-730-6079.

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