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Tai Sophia offers free health classes

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Tai Sophia Institute, 7750 Montpelier Road, North Laurel, will offer a week of free introductory movement and health classes to the public.

The classes, which begin tomorrow, are intended to provide a preview of next semester's classes in Tai Chi Chih, Chakra, Feldenkrais technique, Qi Gong, and Yoga and Meditation.

Tai Chi Chih will be offered from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. tomorrow.

Qi Gong: Dance of the Phoenix, a healing series of movements, will be offered from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday.

Chakra Energy Balancing will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Medical Qi Gong and Three Jewels Qi Gong, from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. Feldenkrais: Awareness through Movement will be offered Wednesday from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Yoga and Meditation will be taught from 6 p.m. to 7p.m. Thursday.

The institute, founded in 1975 as a small healing arts clinic, now offers three graduate degrees in Acupuncture, Herbal Medicine and Applied Healing Arts. Continuing education classes, community wellness programs and clinical services in acupuncture and herbal medicine are also offered.

To reserve a place: 410-888-9048, ext. 6611. Or visit

Bingo, lunch, bake sale set for Feb. 3 at VFW post

The Ladies Auxiliary of VFW Post 8097, 7209 Montevideo Road, Jessup, will hold a Bingo, Lunch and Bake Sale on Feb. 3.

Lunch will be from noon to 1 p.m.; bingo from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

The bake sale will continue until all the baked goods are sold.

Information: 410-799-5868.

Mother-daughter workshops on self-esteem

Mothers and daughters will discuss body image, self-esteem and the pressures on middle-school girls to conform to media images and peer pressure at a workshop to be held from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Savage branch library.

Adolescent counselor Lisa Morrell will lead "Family Communication Night: How Do I Look? A Mother-Daughter workshop on Body Image and the Pressure to be Thin, 'Hot,' and Perfect."

The program is for girls ages 11-15 with a parent. Admission is free and an afternoon snack will be provided.

Information or to register: 410-880-5980.

Around Town

Outdoors programs -- Although Patuxent Research Refuge's National Wildlife Visitor Center is temporarily closed for repairs through mid-March, outdoor programs are continuing, and the visitor center grounds and trails remain open from sunrise until 4:30 p.m. daily, except federal holidays and during severe weather. Prospective visitors can check the refuge's Web site, or call 301-497-5763. The programs are free, although donations to Friends of Patuxent are welcome. Reservations are required. Information or to reserve a place: 301-497-5887. Inform the staff of special needs. The National Wildlife Visitor Center is on Powder Mill Road, between the Baltimore-Washington Parkway and Route 197. The North Tract is on Route 198, between Baltimore-Washington Parkway and Route 32.

Library classes -- Preschool children's classes at the Savage branch library this month are designed to foster language development and early literacy through stories, new vocabulary and print and letter recognition.

"Chill Out With Science," a class for ages 3 to 6 with an adult, explores simple science concepts and experiments inspired by children's literature. The four-week series will be held at 10 a.m. Mondays (except tomorrow) through Feb. 4. Registration is required.

"3, 2, Fun!" -- for ages 2 and 3 with adult, will be offered at 10 a.m. Tuesdays, through Feb. 26.

"Play Partners," for infants and toddlers to 23 months, features stories, baby games and musical activities. The 20- to 30-minute program is scheduled for 9:45 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Jan. 30. 410-880-5978.

Growing up in Savage -- The Savage Historical Society will meet at 7 p.m. tomorrow at the F&M; Center, 9032 Baltimore St., Savage. Attendees should use the side entrance off Foundry Street. The theme for the meeting is, "Winters in Savage When Growing Up." Members and guests are invited to come prepared to share memories and photographs. Calendars and other items will be available to purchase from 6:15 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. Admission is free and open to everyone. 301-725-1241.

Savage Bluegrass -- The musical group Savage Bluegrass will appear at Sam's Bar and Restaurant on U.S. 1 South in Laurel at 7 p.m. Tuesday. There is no cover charge. 301-317-7796.

Helping -- North Laurel-Savage Multiservice Center, a cooperative center created by local nonprofit organizations for residents in the southeastern part of the county, has expanded to include counseling, legal assistance, information and referral, immigrant services and assistance with food, energy and housing. The center is in Whiskey Bottom Shopping Center, 9105 All Saints Road. 301-498-7509.

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