English conversation club
If English is not your first language, practice speaking and understanding it in a group setting at 9:30 a.m. Mondays and 7:30 p.m. Thursdays at the Howard County Library's East Columbia branch, 6600 Cradlerock Way. Participants must register with the library before attending their first meeting. Information: 410-313-7700.
A new "International Book Club," sponsored by the Columbia Association's International Exchange and Multicultural Programs, meets the second Wednesday of each month at 7:30 p.m. at the Columbia Art Center, 6100 Foreland Garth. Books will be in English, written by international authors and be about culture. For more information, call 410-715-3162.
Singles social group
The Phoenix Cultural Singles Group, a Columbia social group for those 50 and older, meets from 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. Sundays at the Oakland Mills Interfaith Center, 5885 Robert Oliver Place in the Oakland Mills Village Center. Coffee, tea and a light snack are served. The group plans events and trips. Information: 410-997-0739.
Single AgainChanging Focus/Single Again, a nonprofit program for adults who are separated, widowed or in the process of divorce, provides weekly presentations and small-group discussions in a confidential, comfortable atmosphere. The group meets at 7 p.m. Mondays at First Presbyterian Church, 9325 Presbyterian Circle. An orientation for new members is offered at 6:30 p.m. Information: changingfocus.org.
Chair yoga The East Columbia 50 Plus Center at the East Columbia branch of the Howard County library, 6600 Cradlerock Way, will offer "Chair Yoga," an easy introduction to yoga that helps ease the pain of arthritis, reduce fatigue and improve circulation and breathing, at 10 a.m. Tuesdays. Cost is $25 per month. Reservations: 410-313-7680.
Also at the 50 Plus Center:
•An evening exercise class will be held from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays. Personal trainer Sharon Cunningham is the instructor.
•The Elder Law Section of the Maryland State Bar Association sponsors preparation of Health Care Powers of Attorney and Living Wills/Advance Directives from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Friday, April 30. Free.
•A belly dance class will be held from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesdays. Instructor Camila Karam will teach hip movements, stretches, arm and hand techniques and veil dancing. Cost is $25 a month.
•A yoga class with Camila Karam is offered from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays. The cost is $24 a month.
•Beginners tai chi classes take place 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays. The cost is $24 a month.
•A watercolor workshop with Marilyn Evans will be held from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday. All materials provided. Cost is $30.