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Bicycles collected for needy families

The churches of Wilde Lake Interfaith Center in Columbia are collecting bicycles to be shipped to Latin America or Africa, where they will be repaired and given to needy families.

Dozens of bicycles are to be distributed to encourage economic growth.

Adult-size bicycles will be collected from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 29 at Wilde Lake Interfaith Center, 10431 Twin Rivers Road. A donation toward the shipping cost ($10 per bicycle) is requested and will be noted on the receipt for tax purposes. The churches will cover any remaining costs.

Information: Tom McCarthy, 410-869-0705 or Mark Breaux, 410-913-8364.

Partnership formed to help students

New Spirit Community Church and the Homewood Center have arranged a partnership to help meet the needs of students at the center who have difficulty functioning in a traditional classroom setting.

The agreement is to be formalized today with an official signing at the Waterside Restaurant in the Sheraton Columbia Hotel.

New Spirit and the Homewood Center plan to co-sponsor food and clothing drives, providing holiday assistance and creating a transportation fund.

Ed Simpson, pastor for students at New Spirit, will join Homewood Center Principal Tina Maddox and Mary Schiller, partnerships manager for the county public schools, to sign the agreement.

Rabbi to speak about diversity

Rabbi Sonya Starr of the Columbia Jewish Congregation will discuss "The Changing Face of the Progressive American Jewish Community: Embracing Diversity and the New Realities," from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Kittleman Room (ELB 100) at Howard Community College, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia.

The event, sponsored by the Howard Community College Jewish Student Union, is part of the group's "Lunch and Learn" series. Lunch will be from 12:30 p.m. to 1 p.m.

Admission is free and open to everyone. Reservations are requested.

Information: Sue Bard, 410-772-4887, or e-mail,

6 new ministers to be installed

The Columbia Center for Spiritual Living will install six newly licensed ministers at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 28 at Hawthorn Center, 6175 Sunny Spring, Columbia.

The Columbia Center, formerly known as the Columbia Church of Religious Science, is affiliated with Religious Science International of Spokane, Wash. The organization's doctrine is based on the teachings of Ernest Holmes, author of the 1926 book The Science of Mind.

The group of six ministers has been licensed by Religious Science International.

Information: 410-750-8559, or

Free tickets offered for High Holidays

On behalf of the Howard County Board of Rabbis, the Jewish Federation of Howard County is coordinating requests for free tickets to services during the High Holiday season for those in need who want to attend but are unaffiliated with a synagogue.

Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year, ends today, about 45 minutes after sundown. Observance of the Sabbath begins 18 minutes before sundown.

Rosh Hashana initiates 10 days of teshuva (return) that culminate on the Day of Atonement, Yom Kippur, which begins on the evening of Sept. 21.

To request tickets, call Avrum Weiss, executive director of the Jewish Federation of Howard County, at 410-730-4976, Ext. 102. For a listing of local synagogues: http:--www.jewish

Rental space open at flea mart

Space is available to rent at the flea market sponsored by Christ Episcopal Church, to be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 22 at the church, 6800 Oakland Mills Road, Columbia.

The rain date is Sept. 29.

The cost is $8 a space; $13 for two; $18 for three; and $23 for four. Five spaces cost $28.

Information: 410-953-8381.

Church offers Christian aerobics

Body & Soul Christian Aerobics offers eight-week sessions of cardiovascular 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.

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