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Congregation to hold blood drive

The Baltimore Sun

The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Columbia will sponsor a community blood drive from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Feb. 2 at the Owen Brown Interfaith Center, 7246 Cradlerock Way.

Appointments are available but not necessary. Registered donors will receive priority.

The congregation holds blood drives three times yearly. Information or to schedule an appointment: Pat Fort, 410-381-4546 or uuccblooddrive@comcast.net.

Around Town

Seeking volunteers -- The A-OK (Assisting Our Kids) mentoring and tutoring program, a project of Oakland Mills Interfaith Center, is recruiting and training volunteers to work with individual children and small groups in elementary and middle schools. 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.

Cat adoption -- Cats in need of homes will be at the Columbia Petco store on Dobbin Lane from noon to 3 p.m. today as part of the Howard County Cat Club's adoption show. The club, a nonprofit, no-kill cat rescue organization, operates a cat-behavior hot line, offers courtesy listings on its Web site for cats that need new homes, and shelters adult cats that have no place else to go. The show is for adult cats only. Adoptive owners must complete an application, sign a contract and pay a fee of $100 for one cat; $150 for two. All the cats are neutered or spayed and have been vaccinated. 410-730-3679. To see the cats: www.howardcountycatclub.org.

50+ Center -- East Columbia 50+ Center will offer a Harmonize Exercise class from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Mondays and Wednesdays. 410-313-7680.

Bridge for advanced players is offered from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesdays. No fee. Reservations are requested. Barbara Dudzinsky, 410-313-7680. Also offered:

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 also are available between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Fridays.

Reiki treatments are available by appointment between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. the first and third Fridays of each month. The gentle technique is said to restore physical, emotional and spiritual balance and harmony. 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 and shoes. Registration is continuing.

Tai chi will be offered from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. Thursdays. The cost is $6. A new class, Beginner Tai Chi for Arthritis, will be offered from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Tuesday and Thursday. The cost is $4 a class.

A new evening exercise instructor, Sharon Cunningham, will teach evening classes from 6. to 7 Mondays and Wednesdays. The cost is $30 a month; $4 a class to drop in.

Mah-jongg lessons are offered at the 50+ Center for people of all skill levels. Linda Brauer, 410-290-5430.

Seniors dance -- Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks is sponsoring country line-dancing classes for people ages 60 and older from 4:45 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. Mondays through March 17 at East Columbia 50+ Center. The class, which is designed for beginners, includes basic terminology, count, easy foot patterns and advanced footwork. Partners are not needed. Wear or bring leather-sole shoes; sneakers are not allowed. The cost is $33.

Country Line Dancing II, for those who know the basic moves but want to add stylistic extras will be offered from 3:30 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. Mondays, through March 17. The cost is $33. 410-313-7320 or 410-313-7279.

New senior classes -- The East Columbia 50+ Center, 6600 Cradlerock Way, will offer a scrapbooking class from 10:30 a.m. to noon Tuesdays. The cost, $5 a session, includes materials. Participants should bring photos to the class. Sessions are offered on photo safety and preservation, getting organized, cropping and journaling, tools and techniques and advanced scrapbooking. 410-313-7680.

Martial arts -- Long Reach Community Association will offer martial arts classes at Stonehouse, 8775 Cloudleap Court. Classes in three-circle hapkido, an eclectic self-defense system, moves along three circular planes to apply striking, joint-locking, throwing and pressing techniques against hand and weapon attacks. The technique draws on different styles of Korean self-defense and is influenced by other martial arts such as chen tai chi, aikido, jujitsu, bagua, hsingi and mudukwan. Classes for ages 5 to 11 are planned from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays; for those ages 12 and older, from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. The cost is $160 for eight weeks. A 5 percent discount is offered to residents of Columbia Association-assessed property. 410-730-8113.

Celebrate community -- The Oakland Mills Interfaith Center will present an afternoon of musical selections performed by the center's resident congregations and Bet Yeladim School. The theme is "Celebrate Community: Songs of Love and Praise." The program is 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Jan. 27. Light refreshments will be served. Debbie Kahl, 410-730-2026.

Hootenanny -- Grandmothers for Peace will sponsor a "Hootenanny for Peace," with the Columbia Psychedelic Hoot Band, at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 2 at Owen Brown Interfaith Center, 7246 Cradlerock Way. Those who attend are invited to sing along with the band, (lyrics provided), wear 1960s clothes (tie-dyes, love beads, headbands) and bring 1960s pictures for a "Guess Who?" board. Floor pillows are welcome. The suggested donation is $10; $5 for students. Most of the proceeds will be donated to Doctors Without Borders. Grandmothers for Peace also plans to purchase pro-peace books for children. 410-917-3190, or e-mail dwmatherly@aol.com.

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