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Helping seniors learn new job skills

Family and Children's Services of Central Maryland will offer a program to help senior citizens learn new job skills while working 20 hours a week with nonprofit organizations.

The organization's Senior Community Service Employment Program is part of the Older Americans Act; participants must meet certain income requirements.

Family and Children's Services has offices in Wilde Lake Village Center in Columbia and Whiskey Bottom Shopping Center in North Laurel, where it shares space with other agencies in the North Laurel-Savage Multiservice Center.

Information: Cheryl Ladota, 410-366-8351.

Fitness center's open house is Oct. 13

Ellicott City Fitness & Karate will hold an open house and grand-opening celebration from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 13 at Taylor Village Center, 8001 Hillsborough Road, Ellicott City.

Free demonstrations, classes, fitness competitions and ice cream are planned. Discounted memberships will be offered. A plasma television set will be raffled; proceeds are to go to the Domestic Violence Center of Howard County.

The new facility provides fitness and karate classes for all ages, with a focus on teaching skills to maintain fitness and health. Classes include self-defense for women and girls, fitness boot camps, stability ball training, and tae bo.

The facility is to be directed by Stanley Crump, a former heavyweight world champion in Kumite fighting.

2 job fairs slated at Howard hospital

Howard County General Hospital invites those seeking employment in nursing and allied health professions to attend one of two open house job fairs, to be held in the hospital's main lobby, 5755 Cedar Lane, Columbia.

The events are scheduled from 10 a.m. to noon Oct. 13 and from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Oct. 17.

Those who attend will be invited to tour the hospital units, meet management and staff and learn about employee benefits, including help with college tuition for the children of employees, and participate in on-the-spot interviews. Light refreshments will be served.

To see open positions and submit an application: www.hcgh. org.

Bilingual applicants are encouraged to apply.

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