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Hunger Walk set for May 20

The Greater Howard County CROP Hunger Walk, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary, will be held at 2 p.m. May 20 at the Oakland Mills Interfaith Center, 5885 Robert Oliver Place, Columbia. Registration begins at 1:30 p.m.

CROP (Communities Responding to Overcome Poverty) is a locally organized effort to raise funds to help stop hunger in the local community and around the world through self-help initiatives. A portion of the funds raised in the county will go to the Interfaith Coalition for Compassion for Howard county. Local ministries such as food pantries and banks share in the funds raised.

CROP Hunger Walks, organized by Church World Service, will be held in about 2,000 American cities and towns, focused on the theme "We walk because they walk."

The Howard County walk is also being held in memory of George W. Martin, deacon of St. John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church and a leader of the Columbia Cooperative Ministry, who organized the CROP Hunger Walks of Greater Howard County for the past 20 years.

Information: Robert Jordan, 410-730-2026, or www.crop

Lubavitch Center to offer course

The Lubavitch Center for Jewish Education, 770 Howes Lane, Columbia, is offering the next in a series of Rohr Jewish Learning Institute courses, "Flashbacks in Jewish History," six lessons on the relevance of Jewish experiences with other cultures to modern Jews. Readings from primary texts are used.

Classes meet at 10 a.m. Sundays at the center. The cost is $75; $135 a couple, including a textbook.

The center will hold a barbecue at 6 p.m. Sunday in honor of Lag B'Omer, celebrating the day when a plague was lifted from the students of Talmudic sage Rabbi Akiva.

Lag B'Omer also commemorates the passing of the second century mystic Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai, author of the Zohar, the basic work of Kabbalah.

Information: 410-740-2424.

Chamber works concert tomorrow

The Chalice concert Series of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Columbia will conclude its season with An Evening of Great Chamber Works for Clarinet, Violin, Cello and Piano at 8 p.m. tomorrow at Owen Brown Interfaith Center, 7246 Cradlerock Way, Columbia.

On the program is Quartet for the End of Time by Olivier Messaien, written during the composer's internment in a German prison camp.

Thomas Benjamin will give a lecture at 7:15 p.m.

Tickets are $15 in advance; $10 for students. A $3 surcharge will be applied to tickets purchased at the door. Children to age 12 will be admitted free when accompanied by a paying adult.

Information: 410-381-0097.

Oseh Shalom plans rabbi installation

Oseh Shalom, a Reconstructionist synagogue in Laurel, will hold an installation ceremony for Rabbi Douglas Heifetz at 1:30 p.m. Sunday. Rabbi Gary Fink, who has served the congregation for more than 26 years, will be designated rabbi emeritus.

Rabbi Linda Holtzman, director of the Department of Practical Rabbinics at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, will speak.

As part of the celebration, musician Joe Jencks will perform at 8 p.m. tomorrow at Oseh Shalom. Tickets are $10.

The synagogue is at 7515 Olive Branch Way.

Information: 301-498-5151.

Yard sale, auction, health fair tomorrow

Locust United Methodist Church, 6851 Martin Road, Columbia, will hold a yard sale, silent auction and health fair from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. tomorrow. Sellers are needed. The cost is $10 a space.

Information: Sylvia Waters, 410-772-0940.

Christian aerobics at two churches

Body & Soul Christian Aerobics is offering eight-week sessions of cardio- and strength-training to contemporary Christian music.

A class is offered at 9:15 a.m. Tuesdays and Fridays at First Presbyterian Church in Columbia.

Information: 410-985-7102.

A second class is offered at 9:30 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at South Columbia Baptist Church.

Information: 410-381-4668.

There is a fee; a discount is available for new students.

Church seeks DVDs, CDs, book donations

Shepherd of the Glen Lutheran Church 14551 Burntwoods Road, Glenwood, is collecting books, videos, compact discs, digital video discs and records for its 11th Media Sale.

Donated items can be left in or around the blue box in the parking lot-side entrance to the church, if rain is not expected.

Tax statement forms are inside the lid of the blue box. If a car is parked near the door (and the door is unlocked) donations can be placed on any table inside the church.

Encyclopedias and copies of the Reader's Digest or National Geographic are not accepted.

Information: Carole Kramer, 410-442-2475.

Spiritual group meets on Sundays

Journeys Community, a nontraditional spiritual-seekers group, 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.

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

Included are readings, music and film clips from sources such as Mother Teresa, Thich Nhat Hanh and Stevie Wonder.

Information: 410-730-6079.

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