Community blood drive set at interfaith center

The Baltimore Sun

A community blood drive is scheduled from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday at the Owen Brown Interfaith Center, 7246 Cradlerock Way. The Red Cross has announced that donations are urgently needed.

In addition, a bone marrow registration drive will be held at the same location from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday. Names of potential donors, who need only submit to a swab from the inner cheek to determine their type, will be added to the National Marrow Registry.

Donors must be between 18 and 60 years old to join the registry. Those who do will be contacted if they are a potential match for someone in need of a transplant.

Members of minority groups are especially needed. Federal funding is available to pay for some tissue-typing and the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Columbia has raised money to pay for tissue-typing for 25 registrants.

Information: Nuzhat Sayyida, 410-949-7917; or Debbie Matherly, 410-917-3190. For information on joining the marrow registry:

Around Town

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.

50+ Center -- The East Columbia 50+ Center, in the east Columbia library, 6600 Cradlerock Way, will offer a Harmonize Exercise class from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Mondays and Wednesdays. 410-313-7680.

O.H. Laster, a personal fitness trainer, will teach a fitness method called "Stamina, Strength, Stretch and Synergy." 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 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.

Tai chi will be offered from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. Thursdays. The cost is $6. 410-313-7680.

Halloween -- Daisy the Clown will give three free shows at Amherst House in Kings Contrivance Village Center at a Halloween celebration planned for Oct. 30. Performances are scheduled at 5 p.m., 5:45 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Trick-or-treating in the village center is planned from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., and includes a "haunted house" sponsored by the Hammond High School music department. 410-381-9600.

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