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Vacation Bible school at Friendship Baptist

Friendship Baptist Church, 1391 Sykesville Road, Sykesville, will offer a one-week sports-themed vacation Bible school from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. July 8-12 at the church.

Youngsters will participate in activities related to the theme "Game Day Central," a sports metaphor for a religious and moral life.

A kick-off rally, with food, games and entertainment, is planned for 6 p.m. July 8. Drivers from the Junior Dragster League will show their race cars and talk about how life as a dragster is similar to life in Christ.

Volunteers are welcome.

Information: 410-442-5506. Registration:

St. Paul's orchestra to start rehearsals

The St. Paul's Summer String Orchestra will begin rehearsals for its 13th season from 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday at the church, 308 Oak Manor Drive, Glen Burnie.

Rehearsals will continue at the same time Tuesdays, with a concert planned at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 25 at the church.

The orchestra is open to adults and students who play violin, viola, cello or bass.

The program will include works by Mozart, John Ireland, Arcangelo and Corelli. Edna Huang, clarinetist with the Columbia Orchestra, will join the orchestra for its performance of a Mozart clarinet concerto.

Information: Chris Gosper, 410-437-3581 or 410-766-2283.

Shrine's Healing Mass scheduled for Sunday

The Shrine of St. Anthony, 12290 Folly Quarter Road, Ellicott City, will have a Healing Mass and pray over the sick at 3 p.m. Sunday.

Information: 410-531-2800.

Summer camp set at Bet Yeladim

Bet Yeladim Preschool and Kindergarten will offer a summer camp program for children ages 3 to 5. Storytelling, cooking, art, acting, soccer, basketball, T-ball and hands-on science activities are planned.

Applications are available at Beth Shalom Congregation, 8070 Harriet Tubman Drive and at the Meeting House, 5885 Robert Oliver Drive, both in Columbia.

Registration is also being accepted for the 2007-2008 preschool, full-day kindergarten and parent/child programs.

Information: 410-531-2091, or

Christian aerobics at two churches

Body & Soul Christian Aerobics is offering eight-week sessions of cardio and strength training set 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 at the parking lot-side entrance to the church, if rain is not expected. Tax statement forms are inside the lid of the 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 Reader's Digest or National Geographic are not accepted.

Information: Carole Kramer, 410-442-2475.

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