Candidates' Night is April 10 East Columbia

The Long Reach Community Association will hold a Candidates' Night at 7 p.m. April 10 in the Tamar Room at Stonehouse, 8775 Cloudleap Court.

Candidates for the Village Board will be available to discuss current concerns in Long Reach. Information: 410-730-8113.


Group to share experiences on HIV

PFLAG-Columbia/Howard County will hold its monthly meeting at 7:30 p.m. April 8 at the Owen Brown Interfaith Center, 7246 Cradlerock Way.


Members of the local group, Positive Voices of Baltimore, will share their experiences living with HIV and AIDS through music. The three long-term survivors will answer questions about what it is really like to live with the disease. They will also provide information on preventing HIV infection.

Admission is free and open to everyone. Information: Colette Roberts, 410-290-8292.

Relay for Life to hold yard sale

Howard County's Relay for Life will hold a yard sale from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 26 on the Columbia library grounds, 6600 Cradlerock Way. The cost for space is $10, and sellers must donate at least 50 percent of proceeds to the Howard County Relay for Life.

The Relay for Life, an overnight community event in which team members raise funds for the American Cancer Society, will be held June 6-7 at Hammond High School. Team members camp out and keep a team member walking around the school track throughout the night. Teams are forming now.

For the first time, captains can register teams online at, and team members can register for an existing team. Registration is $10.

Howard County's 2007 Relay, attended by about 1,000 people, raised more than $270,000.

Information: Meaghan Kordusky, 410-313-6592; visit or e-mail to


Hammond High to hold Culture Fest

Hammond High School's International Club will sponsor its first Culture Fest from 1:20 p.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday in the school cafeteria.

The celebration, which is open to the public, will highlight the diversity of the school's student population through displays and exhibits.

Around Town

Classes, therapies -- The East Columbia 50+ Center is offering appointments for Reflexology -- deep foot massage --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 gentle technique is said to restore physical, emotional and spiritual balance and harmony. The cost is $30 for a 55-minute treatment.

Tai Chi for Arthritis is offered from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. The emphasis is on breathing and inner stillness to relieve stress and anxiety. The cost is $32 a month; drop-ins are not allowed.


A "Harmonize Exercise Class" is from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Mondays and Wednesdays. O.H. Laster, a personal fitness trainer, teaches "Stamina, Strength, Stretch and Synergy." The cost is $24 a month; drop-ins are not allowed.

A trip to the Hillwood Estate: Museum and Gardens, Washington, is planned from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. May 15. The cost is $50. Registration and payment are due by April 25.

Information: 410-313-7680.

Yard sale -- The Student Government Association of Oakland Mills High will present its ninth annual Good Samaritan Yard Sale and Powder Puff Football Game on April 12 at the school. The event raises money to provide two student leaders at Oakland Mills with $500 each to help pay for college. The award is presented in honor of Kevans Hall and Matthew Wichita, Oakland Mills students who were killed in Florida during spring break in 1998. A community yard sale will be held in the school's front parking lot from 8 a.m. to noon. At 1 p.m., women will play football. E-mail, Vincent James, vincent_james@ or Hannah Vogel,