A-OK mentoring and tutoring program seeks volunteers

The Baltimore Sun

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 specific skills are required; volunteers should be willing to commit to one hour a week during the school year.

An orientation for prospective volunteers will be held at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 19 at the interfaith center, 5885 Robert Oliver Place.

Information: Chaya Kaplan, 410-730-6030, or Joe Willmott, 410-730-0229.

Oakland Mills plans yard sale

The Oakland Mills Community-wide Yard Sale will be held at 8 a.m. Sept. 29. Residents will sell their items at their homes in the Thunder Hill, Talbott Springs and Steven's Forest neighborhoods.

Furniture, clothing and children's items will be for sale.

Information: 410-730-4610.

Around Town

Help wanted -- Oakland Mills Community Association is seeking participants for its International Fall Festival on Oct. 13 at the village center. 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.

Martial arts -- Long Reach Community Association will offer martial arts classes from Tuesday through Nov. 6 at Stonehouse. The classes in three-circle hapkido are based on movement along three circular planes to apply striking, joint-locking, throwing and pressing techniques against hand and weapon attacks. The technique draws on different styles of Korean self-defense and is influenced by other martial arts. Classes for ages 5 to 11 will be offered from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays; for those ages 12 and older, from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. The cost is $160 for eight weeks. A 5 percent discount is offered to those living on Columbia Association-assessed property. 410-730-8113.

Mediation -- 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. Tuesday. 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 this 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. 410-313- 7680.

"Bridge Lessons for Beginners" is to start at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday. The cost is $60 for six sessions and includes textbooks. Registration and payment are due as soon as possible. The East Columbia 50+ Center is in the east Columbia library, 6600 Cradlerock Way. 410-290-5430 or 410-313-7680.

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.

Kids' clothes -- The Long Reach Community Association will sponsor a Kids' Clothes Swap from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday in the parking lot of the Long Reach Village Center. Sellers' registration for the outdoor sale of gently used children's clothes, toys, books, furniture and other items is $20. Sellers should register at Stonehouse in the Long Reach Village Center. Admission for buyers is free. 410-730-8113.

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