Concert raises funds for AIDS charity

The Baltimore Sun

First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Ellicott City will present a performance by The Predestined, a Ugandan song and dance troupe focused on raising awareness and support for the victims of AIDS.

The performance, which emphasizes endurance and faith, is scheduled from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 26 at the church, 3604 Chatham Road.

An offering will be taken, and child sponsorships will be available. Proceeds will benefit the AIDS Orphan Education Trust, a nongovernmental organization in Uganda providing homes and education to orphans and widows whose parents or spouses have died of AIDS.

Admission is free, but registration is requested.

Information: 410-465-2977, or

Labyrinth walk scheduled Aug. 19

Journeys Community, a nontraditional spiritual-seekers group, will meet at Bon Secours Spiritual Center, 1525 Marriottsville Road, Marriottsville, to walk the labyrinth on the center's grounds.

The labyrinth, an archetypal image in many cultures, is a symbol of journeying toward the divine.

The group is to meet at 10 a.m. Aug. 19 on the grounds of Bon Secours. Light refreshments will be available after the walk.

Journey Community meets during the fall, winter and spring 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.

Summer activities, many of them outdoors, are to be held through Labor Day; regular services are scheduled to resume Sept. 9.

Information: Harry Brunett, 410-730-6079, or e-mail,

Bag sale is on in Ellicott City

The Trinity Gift & Thrift Shoppe at Pfeiffer's Corner, 6010 Waterloo Road, Ellicott City, is holding a bag sale this month.

Customers can fill a shopping bag with clothing or other items for $3.

Store hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesdays and on the first and third Saturdays of each month.

Information: 410-799-9175.

Service to feature a steel-drum band

Christ United Methodist Church and the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Columbia will co-sponsor a worship service featuring TAGE, a steel-drum band, and sacred drummers from several traditions, at 10 a.m. Sunday at Owen Brown Interfaith Center.

Everyone is welcome.

Information about the congregations: or

Hadassah to hold pool party Aug. 26

Howard County Hadassah will hold an end-of-summer pool party from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 26 in Clarksville.

Reservations are requested by Aug. 15. The cost is $10 a family. Checks should be sent to Hadassah of Howard County, P.O. Box 238, Simpsonville 21150-0238.

The nonprofit organization is open to women of all ages. The organization promotes health-awareness programs and community-based educational, Zionist and other youth programs.

Information: 410-531-6476, or

Summer camp set at Bet Yeladim

Bet Yeladim Preschool and Kindergarten is offering a summer camp program for children ages 3 to 5. Storytelling, cooking, art, acting, soccer, basketball and 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.

The weeklong camps extend through Aug. 17.

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

Information: 410-531-2091, or

Church offers Christian aerobics

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

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

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

Information: 410-381-4668.

Church seeks DVDs, CDs, book donations

Shepherd of the Glen Lutheran Church, 14551 Burntwoods Road, Glenwood, is collecting books, videos, compact discs, DVDs 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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