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Columbia 50+ Center planning Bridge Night

The Baltimore Sun

The east Columbia 50+ Center at the east Columbia library, 6600 Cradlerock Way, will offer a new Bridge Night for advanced players from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays, starting this week. Admission is free.

"Simplified Yang's Tai Chi," 24 gentle, ritualized moves taught by Ping Mao, will be offered from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. once or twice a week. The cost is $6 a class. An introductory class will be offered Thursday. A series of classes is to begin on a date to be determined.

A "Harmonize Your Body" exercise class featuring the 4-S Method (Stamina-Strength-Stretch-Synergy) will be held from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, starting June 19. The cost is $3 a class.

Information: 410-313-7680.

Around Town

At the library -- A reading program for children, "Reading Roadtrip," offers prizes for books children read during summer. Participants can register at the east Columbia branch, 6600 Cradlerock Way. A program is also available for babies and toddlers to age 3, in which parents can read books, magazines or newspapers to their children and earn prizes.

An adult summer reading club, sponsored by Friends of the Howard County Library, is offered through Aug. 31. Participants will be eligible for monthly prize drawings. Entry forms are available at the information desk in each library.

Living right -- Long Reach Community Association offers "Stepping Out," a six-week session of classes in etiquette, social skills and self-improvement for boys and girls ages 8 to 13. The program is designed to encourage self-confidence, positive communication, attitudes and behavior, and appropriate manners. Classes meet from 10 a.m. to noon Saturdays at Stonehouse in Long Reach Village Center. The next session is to begin this week. The cost is $150, with a 5 percent discount for residents of Columbia Association-assessed properties. 410-730-8113, or www.

30th, 40th birthdays -- Residents of Kings Contrivance village are invited to celebrate the village's 30th birthday and Columbia's 40th birthday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. June 10 with a family picnic at Amherst House, 7251 Eden Brook Drive. Participants can take a picnic dinner and a blanket. Drinks, dessert, entertainment and crafts for children are planned. The event, which has a medieval theme, will feature medieval-style singers and an activity in which children can decorate crowns and coats of arms. Registration is requested. 410-381-9600.

Benefit walk -- Columbia Association Middle School Advisory Committee will sponsor a Cancer Walk from noon to 2 p.m. June 24 on the two-mile path around Lake Elkhorn. Proceeds from the walk, which costs $20, will benefit the American Cancer Society. Registration can be completed in advance or at 11 a.m. on the day of the walk. 410-715-5523.

Baby-sitting -- Columbia Teen Center, 5853 Robert Oliver Place, will offer its one-day "Baby-sitting Made Easy" workshop from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 30 and July 21. The program, for those ages 11 to 14, includes first aid, emergency procedures, safety precautions and other baby-sitting skills. A certificate is awarded. The cost is $48 for Columbia residents; $58 for nonresidents. There is a nonrefundable registration fee of $10. 410-992-3726.

Football camp -- Howard County Football Technique Camp for youngsters in grades three to nine will be held from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 9-13 at Hammond High School in Columbia. The camp, which is staffed by Howard County high school coaches, offers offensive and defensive position techniques and instruction in the kicking game. Certified coaches will teach speed training. Each day's camp concludes with noncontact, competitive football games under coaches' supervision. Tuition is $160. A $10 discount is offered to members of youth football leagues. 301-776-8962.

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