Ecker proclamation makes this the Week of the Young Child


April 22, 1996|By Jean Leslie | Jean Leslie,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

HOWARD County Executive Charles I. Ecker has proclaimed this week to be the Week of the Young Child in the county, honoring quality children's programs and those who work with young children.

Curious George will help celebrate from 10 a.m. to noon Thursday at Centennial Park, an event that should appeal to children, parents, grandparents and teachers.

On Sunday, a Kinetics Dance Theater Concert will feature the "Mother Goose Suite" and three other works, followed by a question-and-answer session. The concert costs $12 for adults and $10 for seniors or students. Call Howard County Center for the Arts at (410) 461-9907 for details.

Can-do students

Yesterday was Clyde's annual 10-K Run in Columbia. Deep Run Elementary School decided to remind runners to recycle their aluminum cans, with the help of Clyde's employee Eric Queen.

Third-graders Jenna Proto, Tony Maria, Beth Koh and Erin Marley planned to wear can costumes and answer questions concerning recycling.

Their information was provided by the Bureau of Waste Management.

Examine your roots

The Col. Thomas Dorsey chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution is offering a free genealogical workshop Saturday at Miller branch of the Howard County Library.

From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., bring vital records concerning your ancestors to the library. These records could be birth or death certificates, marriage licenses, land records, wills or baptismal certificates. DAR members will help interpret them.

The DAR welcomes new members. The organization promotes historical study, patriotism and service.

Members are direct descendants of someone who aided or fought in the American Revolution.

For information about the workshop or the organization, call (301) 854-3663.

A clock worth watching

Local history buffs may want to make a day trip to Columbia, Pa., where they can see founding brother Joseph Ellicott's four-sided clock.

The clock is on loan to the Clock and Watch Museum as part of its Tall Clocks exhibit.

The clock was made more than 220 years ago in Bucks County, Pa., and brought to Ellicott City when Joseph Ellicott and brothers John and Andrew started their settlement.

A testimony to the brilliance of the clock's maker is that it still works. It plays one of 24 tunes at the hour and a longer tune each third hour.

Designed to be seen from any vantage point on Ellicott's property, the four sides show the time, movement of the planets, a metal etching of the names of the tunes and one open face to show the wooden clock works inside.

The museum is east of York, Pa., off U.S. 30.

Flea market festivities

Saturday, visit the Elkridge Volunteer Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary's annual flea market. In addition to individuals selling their wares, the event includes food and a 50/50 raffle.

The market will be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the fire hall, 6275 Old Washington Road in Elkridge.

Patapsco Female Institute

Patapsco Female Institute has announced its park hours for the 1996 season. From 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. each second and fourth Sunday, guests can take a tour of the visitors center and a docent-led tour of the historic girls school.

Arrangements for groups during other hours can be made by calling Meryl Carmel at (410) 465-8500.

The cost of the tour is $4. On Mother's Day, tours will be half-price.

Burgers for bucks

Ellicott Mills Middle School Principal Sterlind Burke worked at a variety of fast-food restaurants as he helped to pay his way through college. He'll have another chance to flip burgers

tomorrow night at the Elkridge McDonald's Restaurant Educators' Night.

From 5: 30 p.m. to 8: 30 p.m., Mr. Burke and his staff will serve customers as a fund-raiser for the school, which will receive a portion of the evening's profits.

Pitcher to be at Dugout

Orioles pitcher Armando Benitez will be at the Dugout, an Ellicott City baseball card store, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday. The autograph session is part of the Dugout's fifth anniversary celebration, and the public is welcome.

New 4-H club

Patapsco Valley 4-H Club, Ellicott City's newest club, meets at Hebron House in Mount Hebron Presbyterian Church. Meetings run from 7: 15 p.m. to 8: 45 p.m. and include a business meeting, a visual presentation by a group member, a snack and a game. Members enter completed projects in the Howard County Fair.

4-H is a program of Cooperative Extension Service of the University of Maryland. Call Nellie Arrington at (410) 465-7946 or Laurie Dixon at (410) 461-6035 for information.

Programs for children

Children's programs planned by Miller branch and Elkridge branch libraries include:

"Pirates Ahoy!" is a program of stories, activities and a craft project for children ages 6 and older from 4: 30 p.m. to 5: 15 p.m. May 2 and from 11 a.m. to 11: 45 a.m. May 4 at Miller branch library. Registration begins tomorrow.

"Just Mom and Me," a program of stories and activities for 3- to 5-year-olds and their mothers, will celebrate Mother's Day. It will be presented from 6: 30 p.m. to 7 p.m. May 6 and 10: 30 a.m. to 11 a.m. May 7 at Miller branch library. Registration begins April 30.

"Twist and Shout," a program of music and movement activities for 2- and 3-year-olds, will be presented at Elkridge branch library from 10: 30 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 1: 30 p.m. to 2 p.m. May 10. Registration begins May 3.

Register for the programs in person or by phone. Miller branch library, 9421 Frederick Road in Ellicott City, can be reached at (410) 313-1955. Elkridge branch library, 6540 Washington Blvd., can be reached at (410) 313-5085.

Pub Date: 4/22/96

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