PTA invites community to lecture on investment

NEIGHBORS

January 16, 1995|By JEAN LESLIE

Waverly Elementary School PTA's next general meeting will feature a professional investment adviser who will speak on "Saving for Your Child's Future."

Because the topic may hold interest for many parents, the PTA has thrown the meeting open to the community.

The meeting begins at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 30 at the school.

All are welcome to attend.

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In late December, the Family Support Center quietly opened its doors in a townhouse located in the Hilltop development in downtown Ellicott City.

The Family Support Center is a joint project of Howard County Community Action Council and a variety of county agencies and is funded by the United Way of Central Maryland.

Involved agencies run the gamut from Housing and Community Development, the Health Department, Recreation and Parks and the Family Life Center.

The center serves people only in a selected area of Ellicott City, including the Hilltop neighborhood, Ellicott Terrace apartments and upper Main Street.

It provides a variety of programs to bolster and improve family life, including a wide range of programs for both adults and kids.

For children, the center offers tutoring and also character-building programs: "Growing up Female" for the girls and "Boys to Men" for boys.

Recreational programs such as basketball, cheerleading and nontraditional games nights give the kids healthful activities.

Courses for parents include Mega-Skills, offered by St. John's Lane Elementary to train parents to assist their kids academically; and HOPE, Helping Our Parents through Education, offered by the Family Life Center, a different group.

An addictions counselor may be available on a weekly basis, senior programs are in the works, and a Tiny Tots play group will begin four mornings a week.

Wow!

These are dynamite ideas, rich and varied enough to suit diverse family needs.

And as the center supports the family, it builds up the whole community as well.

If you'd like to drop in and see the facility, it's at 3588 Mount Ida Drive in Ellicott City.

In order to participate in the continuing programs, however, you have to qualify geographically.

Further information is available by calling 313-2744.

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The Super Bowl is coming up on Jan. 29, and this year, Elkridge's Fire Department is rising to the occasion.

The department is throwing a Super Bowl party, including large-screen TV, soda, beer, and set-ups.

Their new hall should provide plenty of space for football fans.

Tickets for the party cost $12. Please order yours in advance so organizers can buy enough refreshments.

Call (410) 379-0315 for information.

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Do you remember the weather Jan. 6? It was the night that we had that ice storm, and almost everyone stayed at home.

Well, that was Elkridge Fire Department's first bingo night, the night when extra jackpots were offered.

Despite the horrible weather, 32 bingo lovers showed up at the new hall to play anyway.

This Friday night, the weather may be better. Early-bird bingo starts at 7:15 p.m., and regular bingo at 7:30 p.m.

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Here's an extra detail about Wednesday's Baltimore Spirit vs. Rockburn faculty volleyball game: the Spirit players, who play professional soccer, will not be allowed to use their hands to hit the ball over the net.

Should be interesting.

Spirit players include goalie Chris Vaccaro, midfielders Jon Parry and Kevin Sloan, and defenders Jason Dieter and Chris Love.

Kevin Sloan and Chris Love both graduated from Howard County public schools.

The game starts at 7 p.m. in the gymnasium.

Spirit players will be on hand to sign their autographs after the game.

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