Center offers variety of activities, programs

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The East Columbia 50+ Center will offer a "Harmonize Exercise Class" 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." Registration is continuing. The cost is $3 a class.

Bridge for advanced players is offered from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesdays. Admission is free. Reservations are requested.

Information: Barbara Dudzinsky, 410-313-7680.

Reflexology - deep foot massage - is available between 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Mondays. The cost is $40 for a 50-minute treatment. Appointments are also available between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Fridays.

Reiki treatments are available, by appointment, between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. on the first and third Fridays of each month. The gentle technique is said to restore physical, emotional and spiritual balance and harmony. The cost is $30 for a 55-minute treatment.

Jesse Barnes, dancer and fitness trainer, will teach Soul Line dancing from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays. The cost is $4 a class. Wear comfortable clothes and shoes. Registration is continuing.

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

Information or to register for a class: 410-313-7680.

La Leche League to meet Tuesday

The La Leche League of Columbia will meet at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Owen Brown Community Center, 6800 Cradlerock Way.

The group will sponsor a drop-in cafe for mothers, grandmothers and children to meet and chat at 10 a.m. Sept. 24 at the east Columbia library, 6600 Cradlerock Way.

La Leche, an international organization, offers information, guidance and support to nursing and pregnant mothers.

Information: 410-309-4940.

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 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 such as chen tai chi, aikido, jujitsu, bagua and mudukwan. 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.

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.

Seeking volunteers -- 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. Wednesday at the interfaith center, 5885 Robert Oliver Place. Chaya Kaplan, 410-730-6030, or Joe Willmott, 410-730-0229.

Children's programs -- Children's programs at the east Columbia library, 6600 Cradlerock Way, 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 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, through Oct. 3. Tickets are available at the library's children's desk 30 minutes before each program. 410-313-7730.

Yard sale -- The Oakland Mills communitywide 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. 410-730-4610.

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