Mediation classes scheduled at 50+ Center

The Baltimore Sun

The East Columbia 50+Center will offer a five-part series of classes, "Mediation for Seniors and Families," with mediators Marcia S. Kearly and Larry Blosser, starting at 7 p.m. Sept. 11.

The series will teach a mediation approach in which families arrive together at resolutions to problems. Admission is free.

A "Harmonize Exercise Class" will be offered from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, starting next month.

O.H. Laster, a personal fitness trainer, will teach the fitness method called "Stamina, Strength, Stretch and Synergy." The cost is $3 a class.

Information: 410-313-7680.

"Bridge Lessons for Beginners" is to start at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 12.

The cost is $60 for six sessions and includes textbooks. Registration and payment are due by Sept. 7.

The East Columbia 50+ Center is in the east Columbia library, 6600 Cradlerock Way.

Information: 410-290-5430 or 410-313-7680.

Around Town

Mentors, tutors sought -- The A-OK (Assisting Our Kids) Mentoring/Tutoring Program, a project of Oakland Mills Interfaith Center, is recruiting and training volunteer mentors and tutors to work in elementary and middle schools with individual children and small groups. Opportunities are available during school hours, after school and in elementary school homework clubs. No skills are required; volunteers should be willing to commit to one hour a week during the school year. Chaya Kaplan, 410-730-6030 or Joe Willmott, 410-730-0229.

Help wanted -- Oakland Mills Community Association is seeking participants for its International Fall Festival at the village center Oct. 13. Festival planners are seeking people interested in sharing their ethnic heritage with the community. Representatives of social service organizations, artisans, food vendors, cultural clubs, school groups and entertainers are welcome. Entertainment is to include performances by the Kinderman; Turner, Dean of Magic; the Fun Drug Rhythm Circle; and a Chinese dragon dance. Vendors are also needed. Susan Azoulay, 410-730-4610.

Pond repairs -- Howard County Department of Public Works is to begin repairs on a pond this week near Samuel Morse Drive in Columbia. The project is not expected to have any impact on traffic along Samuel Morse Drive. If temporary lane closures or detours become necessary, flagging operations will direct motorists. The work is expected to be completed by Oct. 19.

Tai chi -- East Columbia 50+ Center in the east Columbia library will offer "Simplified Yang's Tai Chi" from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. Thursdays. The cost is $6. 410-313-7680.

Children's programs -- Children's programs at the east Columbia library, 6600 Cradlerock Way, are to include "Market Tales -- All Together Now," a program of stories, songs and activities for children and adults, at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. Thursdays, Sept. 6 through Nov. 15. Participants can visit the farmers' market on the library parking lot in the afternoon. "Hola and Hello," a program of bilingual stories and songs for ages 2 to 5, will be offered at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. Wednesdays, Sept. 12 through Oct. 3. Tickets are available at the library's Children's Desk 30 minutes before each program. 410-313-7730.

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