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'Artfully Wilde'

Slayton House hosts its 12th annual Artfully Wilde Fine Craft Show Friday-Saturday, Nov. 9-10, at Bernice Kish Gallery at Slayton House, 10400 Cross Fox Lane. Offered will be a variety of works in fiber, metal, wood, glass, ceramic, jewelry and more. Hours are 5 p.m.-9 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. Information: 410-730-3987.

Vendors sought

Long & Foster Columbia Gives seeks vendors for its third annual Holiday Market from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Dec. 4 at Slayton House, 10400 Cross Fox Lane. Information:

Public speaking

The Patuxent Toastmasters Club meets twice a month to give participants a chance to practice public speaking and leadership skills. Meetings are from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. the second and fourth Thursdays of the month at Oliver's Carriage House, 5410 Leaf Treader Way. Information:


'Eclectic' An exhibit featuring the works of Rosalind Alumanah, Lauren Kingsland, Miroslava Longfield and Victor Pozhidayev is on view through Sunday, Nov. 4, at the Meeting House Gallery in the Oakland Mills Interfaith Center, 5885 Robert Oliver Place. Gallery hours are 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily. Information: 410-730-4090 or

'Two Windows on the World' The Bernice Kish Gallery at Slayton House, 10400 Cross Fox Lane, is exhibiting the photography of Dennis Gilbert in the Bill White Room Gallery and the oil and pastel works of Elizabeth Galloway in the Lobby Gallery through Saturday, Nov. 10. Information: 410-730-3987.

Dance classes

The Long Reach Community Association offers "Chicago-style" stepping classes for adults from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays. Stepping offers fellowship opportunities while burning calories to music. Information: 410-730-8113.

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 Howard County Library, 10375 Little Patuxent Parkway, offers Let's Get Together: English Conversation Club. The club offers an opportunity for those for whom English is a second language to practice speaking and understanding English in a group setting. It 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.

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:

Chair yoga The East Columbia 50+ Center at the East Columbia branch of the Howard County Library, 6600 Cradlerock Way, offers chair yoga, an easy introduction to yoga that eases the pain of arthritis, reduces fatigue and improves circulation and breathing, at 9:30 a.m. Tuesdays. Reservations: 410-313-7680.

'Clearing Clutter' Monthly class meets at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 7. Free.

Jazz Concert will be held at 7 p.m. Nov. 13.

Class A floral design class for the holidays will be held from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Nov. 16. Cost is a $5 materials fee.

Tea and lunch A holiday tea/luncheon will be held from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Nov. 28. Cost is $6.

Book club meets The Box Lunch Book Club meets at noon Nov. 19. Featured book is "Drawing in the Dust" by Zoe Klein.

Also at the 50+ Center:

•Age Well Exercise classes with Joyce DiTomaso will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Cost for an eight-week session is $35.

•A belly dance class will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesdays. Learn hip movements, stretches, arm and hand techniques, and veil dancing. First class is free, then a monthly fee.

•A yoga class is offered at 11 a.m. Mondays and 2 p.m. Tuesdays. The cost is $24 per month.

•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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