Columbia Digest

Poetry

In celebration of National Poetry Month, the Howard County Poetry and Literature Society presents "A Reading and Conversation with Martín Espada, A Poet of Justice," at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 28, in Howard Community College's Monteabaro Recital Hall, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway. Admission is $15, $10 for seniors, and $5 for students with a valid ID. For tickets and more information, call 443-518-4568 or go to hocopolitso.org.

Cabaret night

Silhouette Stages hosts "Cabaret Night" at 8 p.m. Saturday, May 7, at Slayton House, 10451 Twin Rivers Road in the village of Wilde Lake. Show features professional and amateur performers from the Baltimore-Washington area presenting songs, skits, and routines. Admission is $10, and includes food and drink at intermission. For tickets and more information, go to silhouettestages.com. For an application to perform, email Mo Dutterer at ssqq@comcast.net.

'Taste of Wilde Lake'

Annual event will be held from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 7, rain or shine. Family-oriented event features crafters, entertainment, children's activities, and includes free food and lemonade, balloon animals, a craft show, hula hooping, watermelon eating contest, kids art contest, belly dance, ballet and modern dance demonstrations, and more. Sponsored by the Wilde Lake Community Association and the Wilde Lake Merchants. Information: 410-730-3987.

Volunteers needed

Recreation and Parks is currently accepting applications from individuals older than 21 who are interested in volunteering at the annual "Wine in the Woods Festival" being held May 21-22 at Symphony Woods in Columbia. Volunteers, in exchange for a four-hour shift, will receive an admission ticket redeemable either day to the festival. Shifts are 10:45 a.m.-2:45 p.m. or 2:15 p.m.-6:15 p.m. Saturday or Sunday. Volunteer applications are available for downloading at wineinthewoods.com. Orientation for new volunteers will be held from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. May 10.

For more information, call Ann Combs at 410-313-4624 or email acombs@howardcountymd.gov.

Art exhibit

"Trees and Flowers," a display of oil paintings by Marian Gliese will be on view through April 29 at Artists' Gallery, American City Building, 10227 Wincopin Circle in Columbia. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturdays, closed Sundays. Information: 410-740-8249 or go to artistgallery.com.

Art exhibition

The Columbia Art Center Galleries and Howard County Tourism & Promotion's Blossoms of Hope presents "Blossoms for Claudia," a juried theme exhibition through May 1 at 6100 Foreland Garth. The exhibition features more than 65 artists whose works are inspired by, reflect, or incorporate the theme of blossoms. The show's goal is to raise awareness about the Claudia Mayer Cancer Resource Center. A reception and awards ceremony will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. April 15. For gallery hours and information, call 410-730-0075 or go to columbiaartcenter.org.

Columbia tour

The Columbia Association hosts an orientation tour from 10 a.m. to noon Thursday, April 28, to educate about Columbia landmarks and encourage community involvement. Advance registration is required and space is limited. 410-715-3171.

School news

Gifted and Talented testing will be held from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. May 7 at the Faulkner Ridge Center, 10598 Marble Faun Court. Testing is for nonpublic-school students, grades 5-7, who plan to enter Howard County middle schools in August. Registration materials can be obtained from middle school guidance offices or parents can call 410-313-6800. Registration deadline is April 29.

Looking for artists

Slayton House Gallery, 10400 Cross Fox Lane, is accepting applications to exhibit at the gallery for the 2012 season. Applications are available at Slayton House or by email to cjblack@columbiavillages.org. Information: 410-730-3987 or wlca@columbiavillages.org.

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.

Around town

English conversation The central location of the Howard County Library, 10375 Little Patuxent Parkway, offers "Let's Get Together: English Conversation Club." It's a chance for those for whom English is a second language to practice speaking and understanding English in a group setting. The club meets at 9:30 a.m. Mondays and 7:30 p.m. Thursdays. Register with the library before your first meeting. Information: 410-313-7850.

Wii club Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks offers a Wii club for those 55 and older from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Tuesdays at the Bain Center, 5470 Ruth Keeton Way. The first game is free. Information: 410-313-7213.

Family support meeting Group provides support and education to families and friends of adults with a mental illness. Meeting takes place at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 12, at Harmony Hall Retirement Center, 6336 Cedar Lane. Information: 410-772-9300.

Parent support meeting Group provides support for parents and caregivers of children and adolescents with serious mental health issues. The meeting takes place from noon to 1:30 p.m. Monday, April 11, at First Presbyterian Church, 9325 Presbyterian Circle. Free. Information: 410-772-9300.

Single Again Changing 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:

•A watercolor workshop with Marilyn Evans will be held from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 20. Cost is $33.

•A free "Survivors' Social" will be held to honor cancer survivors at 6 p.m. May 2. All cancer survivors are invited. Light refreshments will be served and those attending will be given an opportunity to share their experiences. Information: American Cancer Society, 410-781-4316.

•Line dancing with Mary McCormick will be held at 3:30 p.m. Mondays for advanced dancers; 4:30 p.m. for beginners. Cost is $43.

•Age Well Exercise with Joyce Diatoms will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Cost for 12-week session is $48.

•A class to reduce the fear of falling and increase the activity levels of older adults will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Tuesdays. Cost is $24.

•A belly dance class will be held from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesdays. Camilla Karma will teach hip movements, stretches, arm and hand techniques, and veil dancing. Cost is $25 per month.

•A yoga class with Smite Javari is offered from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays. The cost is $24 per month.

•Beginner tai chi classes take place 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays. The cost is $24 per month.

•Ryan Shimabukuro leads a hula class from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Thursdays that helps tone and strengthen the body. Cost for a six-week session is $28.

•A chess club for novice and veteran players meets at 1 p.m. Thursdays. Free.

•View newly released DVD movies on a large screen at 7 p.m. Thursdays. Free.

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