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Scholar to discuss Jewish literature

The Jewish Federation of Howard County will sponsor a two-part discussion series on Jewish literature.

Literary scholar Evelyn Avery, a co-founder of the Jewish Studies program at Towson University, will lead a discussion of The Family Markowitz, by Allegra Goodman, at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday in the Federation Community Room.

The second book, O My America by Johanna Kaplan, will be discussed in the spring at a date to be announced.

The cost for both books and discussions is $18.

Information or registration: Sophie Novinsky, 410-730-4976, Ext. 103. The Jewish Federation is at Century Plaza 1000, Suite 400, 10630 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia.

Seniors to visit Baltimore basilica

The Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks will sponsor a trip for senior citizens ages 55 and older to the Basilica of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Baltimore from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 20.

The first cathedral built in the United States, the Baltimore basilica, designed by architect Benjamin Latrobe, recently celebrated its 200th anniversary with a $32 million restoration project.

The trip involves some walking; lunch is on your own at the Inner Harbor. The cost is $35.

Information or registration: 410-313-7320 or 410-313-7279.

Volunteers sought for spiritual care

Volunteers are needed to provide spiritual care for patients at Howard County General Hospital.

The hospital's pastoral care department is offering a 16-week training program, which begins March 11. Participants will be asked to volunteer for at least a year.

The registration deadline is Feb. 22.

Information: Jack Dunlavey, 410-740-7898.

Howard County General Hospital is a 219-bed, not-for-profit facility that treats many conditions and provides neonatal, oncological, outpatient and critical care.

Youth bowl-a-thon set for Jan. 21

Howard County Hadassah will hold a bowl-a-thon for Youth from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Jan. 21 at Columbia Brunswick bowling lanes, 7100 Carved Stone Road, Columbia.

Participants must pledge a donation ($50 for adults; $36 for children). Shoe rental and snacks are included. Prizes will be awarded to top bowlers and to those with the highest pledges or donations. It is not necessary to bowl or attend to participate.

Information: 301-890-0279, or www.hocohadassah.org.

Christian unity service is Sunday

The Shrine of St. Anthony, 12290 Folly Quarter Road, near Glenelg, will offer a Christian unity service, including prayer for Christian unity among churches, at 5 p.m. Sunday.

A Healing Mass will be offered at 3 p.m. Jan. 20.

Information: 410-531-2800.

Interfaith service set for Jan. 18

In a tribute to the interfaith community, Beth Shalom Congregation will hold its 11th Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr./Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel Interfaith Service at 8 p.m. Jan. 18.

Rabbi Susan Grossman and Cantor Richard Walters will welcome members of the Celebration Church of Columbia and neighbors from Locust United Methodist Church on Martin Road in Columbia.

Choirs of both congregations will join Beth Shalom's choir in the service. The Rev. Robbie Davis, senior pastor of Celebration Church, will speak.

Information: 410-531-5115.

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