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Ellicott City

Water communion

Bring a little water from somewhere you visited this summer or someplace special to you to celebrate the beginning of a new church year at 10 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 8, at Channing Memorial Church, 3230 Bethany Lane. Combining the individual waters in a large bowl is symbolic of a shared faith coming from many different sources. Information: 410-203-0474.

Around town

English conversation The Miller branch of the Howard County Public Library, 9421 Frederick Road, offers "Let's Get Together: English Conversation Club," 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 7:45 p.m. Wednesdays. Register with the library before your first meeting. Information: 410-313-1950.

These events take place at the Ellicott City Senior Center, 9401 Frederick Road, 410-313-1421:

Piano lessons Diane Waslick teaches a half-hour session Mondays through Fridays. Cost is $30.

Blood pressure screenings Stop in from 9 a.m. to noon Tuesdays for free blood pressure readings by a registered nurse. Information: 410-313-1425.

Monthly bingo Games will be held beginning at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 24. Cost is $4.

Thinking about moving? The Remax Silver Group makes a presentation at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 10. Topics include repairs, staging and selling.

'Tracking Your Roots Part 2' The genealogy class from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 11, will concentrate on preserving facts about your ancestors' lives and cataloging research. The session will look at what kind of forms are needed, where to get them and how to use them.

Financial forum John Hauserman will offer information on how to become a better investor at 11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 12.

'It's My Party' Enjoy musical hits from the 1960s, '70s and '80s at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 17.

'Food for Life' Dietitian Rona Martiyan will provide information on diet and nutrition at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 18.

'NIH Ocular Presentation' The presentation at 11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 19, will focus on eye diseases and disorders such as retinal detachments, vein occlusions, age-related macular degeneration and how uncontrolled diabetes can affect your sight.

Fundraiser The center will hold a Book and Bake Sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 24-27. Find a good book and pick up a fresh-baked treat while you shop. Proceeds fund the center's events and programming.

'Simple Steps to Safety' Learn how to keep yourself safe in the home as Harriet Watkins gives fall-prevention tips from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 25.

'Ask the Pharmacist' Don Hamilton provides updates and information concerning your medications at 11 a.m. Monday, Sept. 30. Bring questions, drug lists or prescription containers for discussion.

Also at the center:

•Billiards, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.

•Pingpong, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays and Fridays.

•Pinochle, noon to 3 p.m. Mondays and Fridays.

•Mah-jongg, 9 a.m. Tuesdays.

•Spring Insighters, 12:30 p.m. Tuesdays.

•Needlework Club, 1 p.m. Wednesdays.

•Canasta, 1 p.m. Thursdays.

•Spring Men's Forum, 10:30 a.m. Thursdays.

•Movies/documentaries, 1 p.m. Fridays.

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