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Authors' Forum tomorrow at church

The Iota Lambda Omega chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. will sponsor an Authors' Forum from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. tomorrow at St. John Baptist Church, 8910 Old Annapolis Road, Columbia.

Selena Johnson, author of The Sin of Racism, will speak. She will be joined by other local authors.

Iota Lambda Omega is celebrating 35 years of service to Howard County. Since its inception in 1972, the sorority has offered scholarships, tutoring, mentoring and other programs to reach people in need.

The event is free and open to the public.

Information Lenora Booth, 410-750-0288.

Beth Shalom plans Torah celebration

Beth Shalom Congregation, 8070 Harriet Tubman Lane, Columbia, will hold a ceremony celebrating the completion of the synagogue's three-year cycle of Torah readings during Sabbath services.

Children at the Beth Shalom Religious School, kindergarten through seventh grade, and their parents will gather on the plaza in front of the synagogue between 10:45 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Sunday, where the children will be encircled by the entire length of the synagogue's unrolled Torah scroll. The parents will support the parchment on which the Torah is handwritten.

The completion of a cycle of Torah readings is celebrated on Simchat Torah, which begins on the evening of Oct. 5, and follows the holiday of Succoth, also called the Time of Our Joy, a celebration of the harvest and God's sustenance and protection.

Beth Shalom will hold its monthly K'Ton Tales, a program for young children of stories and songs celebrating the holidays, family and Jewish values at 10 a.m. tomorrow.

Spiritual reading seminar set today

The Shrine of St. Anthony, 11290 Folly Quarter Road, near Glenelg, will offer a spiritual reading seminar based on the book, God Knows You're Grieving, by Joan Guntzelman, from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. today.

Registration is requested.

Information: 410-531-2800.

Martin Memorial Lecture is Sunday

The Columbia Cooperative Ministry, an ecumenical organization of Christian churches, will present its second George W. Martin Memorial Lecture at 5 p.m. Sunday at Wilde Lake Interfaith Center.

Rabbi Joshua Martin Siegel, who was the first rabbi of the Columbia Jewish Congregation, will discuss "Inter-Religious Understanding and Cooperation for the Twenty-first Century."

The lecture honors the memory of George Martin, who served for many years as deacon at St. John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church and was a leader of the Columbia Cooperative Ministry.

After the lecture, refreshments will be served and an offering will be taken to help support the cooperative ministry's Thanksgiving Eve interfaith program, which Martin helped to initiate.

Admission is free. The interfaith center is at 10431 Twin Rivers Road, Columbia.

Information: 301-604-2549, or 410-730-7920 for directions.

Bike drive to aid other nations' needy

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. tomorrow at the 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.

6 new ministers to be installed

The Columbia Center for Spiritual Living will install six newly licensed ministers at 7:30 p.m. today 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

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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