Sarah Mazzorini is coming back. The Italian teen-ager lived here two years ago with her American family under the auspices of the Education Foundation for Foreign Study and attended Hammond High School. She has returned this summer to visit her American family for three weeks before returning home.
Lisa Solomon, who helps place the visitors in Howard County, says the program still is looking for a few good homes.
The students who come to visit are a studious and independent lot. They all speak English.
Ms. Solomon is looking to place a Danish boy who loves to ski, a Swiss girl who loves horseback riding, an Austrian boy who likes basketball but wants to learn baseball, and others.
Students bring their own spending money, health insurance and a different outlook on life. Host families provide a room, a place at the table and a family atmosphere.
Information: Ms. Solomon at (410) 461-7362.
The Howard County Library announces "Use Your Noodle," a 45-minute program of stories and a craft for the preschool set will be presented at the Savage Branch library Aug. 2 at 2 p.m.
Registration opens Wednesday at 10 a.m. Call the library at (410) 880-5978 for registration, details and directions.
The Naval Academy's Electric Brigade will perform Sunday on the lawn outside Devers Hall at Fort Meade at 7 p.m. Bring chairs or blankets to this outdoor concert. The concert and parking are free, the grounds are lovely and the music rousing.
On July 30, the Volunteers, the Army Field band, performs at the same location and time. This is a pleasant way to wind down a summer weekend.
Master gardeners are doing their thing at the Savage library tomorrow from 10 a.m. to noon. Bring your tired plants, wilted stems and landscaping problems to the eager volunteer tending the table. You'll walk away wiser in plant lore.
The master gardener program is run by the Cooperative Extension Service of the University of Maryland.
The Laurel Center Mall is sponsoring a blood drive from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. tomorrow. If you're cruising the mall, staying out of the heat or waiting until your weekend movie begins, drop by the customer service desk and sign up to do the good deed.
The Savage-North Laurel La Leche League will meet at the Savage Library at 10:15 a.m. Aug. 2 in the meeting room.
The topic this month is "Nutrition and Weaning." The group welcomes all expectant and nursing mothers to this informative but informal meeting. Please bring a favorite quiet toy for the babies and children to play with during the presentation. And don't forget to sign up for Tots Take Out, the library's summer reading game for babies and toddlers.
The four available sessions of Lab Science Explorers day camp for elementary-age students will run for one week beginning July 31 and Aug. 7.
These are terrific, exciting, messy, innovative programs focusing on experiments and observations. There's a chance to run computer simulations, feed reptiles in the PINES environmental center, experiment with electricity and light, measure constellations and hike in Savage Park.
The activities change from week to week and year to year, so a scientifically inclined student can return year after year. The one-week sessions cost $90, or $175 for two weeks. There are separate sessions for 7- to 9-year-olds and 10- to 12-year-olds.
For more information, directions to Patuxent Valley Middle School and registration forms, call the Department of Recreation and Parks at (410) 313-PARK.
Are your middle-schoolers driving you bonkers? They're too young to work but just bursting with energy. There's a two-week day camp for middle-schoolers called Teens on Tour run by the Department of Parks and Recreation.
Every day, staff members will take young teen-agers on an adventure: to the beach, hiking, whitewater rafting. There's even an overnight camping trip scheduled. The teens gather at Hammond Middle School at 9 a.m. and return six to 12 hours later, depending on the activity. Parents will get a schedule prior to the first day.
Hurry, because the first session begins July 31. For more information, call the department at (410)313-PARK.
The Savage branch of the Howard County library sponsors its monthly Bedtime Story time for the preschool set Monday at 7 p.m.
Take the kiddies out for a quick snow cone, stop by for the half-hour session, than off to home, where the little ones will glide peacefully into bed. (Of course, I believe in garden fairies, too.)
The library is on Gorman Road at the intersection of Gorman and Knightsbridge. For details and directions call the library at (410) 880-5978.