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Free vehicle-identification etching offered at Oakland Mills

The Baltimore Sun

The Maryland/DC Anti-Car Theft Committee and the Howard County Police Department will offer free vehicle-identification etching from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Oakland Mills Village Center.

People can have a unique number engraved on all the major pieces of glass in their cars to deter theft or help recover stolen vehicles. Registration in the national Watch Your Car Program will also be available.

Some anti-theft devices will be distributed.

Information: Janet Stabile, vehicle theft prevention specialist, Howard County Police Department, 410-313-3337.

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.

Exercise -- 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. 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. 410-313-7680.

La Leche -- The La Leche League of Columbia will sponsor a drop-in cafe for mothers, grandmothers and children to meet and chat at 10 a.m. tomorrow at the east Columbia library, 6600 Cradlerock Way. La Leche, an international organization, offers information, guidance and support to nursing and pregnant mothers. 410-309-4940.

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.

Yard sale -- The Oakland Mills communitywide yard sale will be held at 8 a.m. Saturday. 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.

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

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