Etch car windows to deter theft

The Baltimore Sun

The Maryland/DC Anti-Car Theft Committee and the Howard County Police Department will offer a free Vehicle Identification Etching event from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 26 at Amherst House in the Village of Kings Contrivance, 7251 Eden Brook Drive.

A unique vehicle identification number can be engraved on all of the major pieces of glass in each car as a deterrent to theft and to assist in returning stolen vehicles to their owners.

Owners can also register in the Watch Your Car Program, a national effort to prevent auto theft. Some clubs will also be distributed.

Information or to register: Janet Stabile, 410-313-3337.

Hand around clothes for kids

The Long Reach Community Association will sponsor a "Kids' Clothes Swap" from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 26 in the parking lot of the Long Reach Village Center. The rain date is May 3.

Gently used children's clothes, toys and furniture will be for sale.

Sellers should register at Stonehouse, 8775 Cloudleap Court. The cost is $20.

Information: 410-730-8113.

Tangible ways to remember Mom

A Mother's Day Gift Showcase, sponsored by Events Essence of Ellicott City, will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 26 at the Owen Brown Community Center, 6800 Cradlerock Way.

Accessories, personalized gifts, beauty and health products, and other items will be for sale.

Information: Gloria Uduka, founder and owner, 888-883-1571 or 301-466-9386.

Do you want to start a blog?

The east Columbia branch library, 6600 Cradlerock Way, will present "Blogging for Fun and Profit," with blogging expert David Hobby, at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday.

He will discuss why you need a blog, how to start one, and how to build its popularity and financial success.

The library's "Morning Books With Coffee" book club will discuss Channeling Mark Twain, a novel by poet Carol Muske-Dukes, at 10 a.m. April 23.

Information: 410-313-7700.

Around Town

School anniversary -- Stevens Forest Elementary School will hold its 35th anniversary celebration from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. May 9. Those who attend can expect guests, games, music and a chance to meet new and old friends and reminisce about the past. Former students, parents, friends of the school and staff are invited to contribute memories by stopping by the school for a brief videotaping session. The tapes will be spliced together to create a short film that will be shown during the event. To set up an appointment, call the school by April 23: 410-313-6900.

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.

"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.

Pilates class, to improve strength, flexibility and coordination while reducing stress, is offered from noon to 1 p.m. Thursdays. The cost is $36 for a six-week course.

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. 410-313-7680.

Blood drive -- A community blood drive will be held from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday at the Owen Brown Interfaith Center, 7246 Cradlerock Way. Walk-ins are welcome, but priority is given to those with appointments. To make an appointment: 410-381-4546 or e-mail uuccblood

Yard sale -- Howard County 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. 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. Meaghan Kordusky, 410-313-6592; visit or e-mail to

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