NAACP youth group to sponsor health fair


The Howard County NAACP Youth Council will sponsor a health fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Guilford Gardens Apartments, 7333 Oakland Mills Road, Columbia.

The event will include blood pressure and other screenings and educational programs about cancer, mental health, nutrition, teen pregnancy, drunken driving and smoking. Food, giveaways, music, games and face-painting are also planned.

The fair is part of the youth council's Adopt-a-Block Program.

Information: Doretha McLaughlin-Owens, 301-483-6588, or Bessie Bordenave, 301-490- 7059.

Black fiction club to meet Sept. 2

The east Columbia library's Black Fiction Book Club, an opportunity to discuss outstanding fiction by contemporary African-American authors, will discuss The Known World, by Edward P. Jones, at 1 p.m. Sept. 2.

Books are available at the branch. Registration is not required.

Information: 410-313-7700.

Around Town

Jazz -- The Lavenia Nesmith Quintet will be featured in an Evening of Jazz from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. today at The Other Barn in Oakland Mills Village Center, 5851 Robert Oliver Place. Jazz singer Lavenia Nesmith will perform with Chris Grasso on piano, Lenny Robinson on drums, Paul Carr on saxophone and Wes Biles on bass. The event, sponsored by Oakland Mills Community Association, costs $10. Light refreshments will be served. Ben Hunter, 410-730- 1129.

Belly dancing -- Long Reach Community Association, 8775 Cloudleap Court, is offering belly-dancing classes for adults through Oct. 2. Classes for beginners meet from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays; for advanced students, from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. The cost is $64 for eight weeks, with a 5 percent discount for residents of Columbia Association-assessed property. 410-730-8113.

Bridge, mah-jongg -- A drop-in bridge program is being offered from noon to 3 p.m. Tuesdays at the 50+ Center at the east Columbia library. A 30-minute lecture is included. Players at all levels are welcome to refresh skills, learn bridge conventions and meet friends. Mentoring is available. The cost is $6. Lessons in mah-jongg are offered at the 50+ Center. The cost is $31 for three classes, after which students will be qualified to play. Registration is required. 410- 290-5430.

Healing laughter -- Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks will sponsor "Laughter -- The Best Medicine," a program for those who are 55 and older to strengthen the immune system, lower blood pressure and promote emotional healing. The program, sponsored by the Horizon Foundation through a Community Health Issues Program Grant, is not based on joke-telling; the healing therapy comes from India. It will be offered from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at Guilford Senior Center, and from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Sept. 13 at Longwood Senior Center. Admission is free. 410-313-7279.'Market Tales' -- The east Columbia library, 6600 Cradlerock Way, is offering "Market Tales," a program of stories with summer themes, songs and a craft for children to age 5 (children to age 3 must be accompanied by an adult) at 10:30 a.m. and at 2:30 p.m. Thursdays, through Aug. 31. The program will be held while the farm market is on the library parking lot. Tickets will be distributed at the children's desk a half-hour before each event. The market is held on the library's parking lot from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Thursdays. 410-313-7730.

Adults, kids read -- The Howard County Library has joined Jumpstart, a national nonprofit organization, in "Read for the Record," a celebratory event to involve adults and young children in a shared reading experience. The book recommended for the event is The Little Engine That Could by Watty Piper. Refreshments will be served, and all ages are welcome. The event will be held at 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Thursday at the east Columbia library, 6600 Cradlerock Way, Registration is required. 410-313-7700.

Kactus Boys, Sara Beck -- The Kactus Boys, a bluegrass group, and Sara Beck will be at One World Coffeehouse at 7 p.m. Saturday at Owen Brown Interfaith Center, 7246 Cradlerock Way. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $12; $6 for students. The coffeehouse is sponsored by Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Columbia. 410-381-0097.

Free ice cream -- Howard County Farmer's Market in Oakland Mills Village Center will hold a free ice-cream day Sept. 12. The market, which is open from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesdays, carries vegetables, fruit, flowers and fresh baked goods. Corn and peaches are available. The market is held on the parking lot of Oakland Mills Village Center on Robert Oliver Place. Sandy Cederbaum, 410-730- 4610.

Watercolor classes -- Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks will sponsor watercolor classes for those ages 55 and older from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Fridays, starting Sept. 22, at the east Columbia library senior center, 6600 Cradlerock Way. The class will be taught by Carol Zika. A supply list will be discussed at the first class. The cost is $55 for the 10-week class. 410-313- 7279.

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