Patapsco Valley State Park offers program on trees, hike

April 01, 2002

Patapsco Valley State Park will offer a preschool program, "Meet a Tree," for children ages 2-3, from 11 a.m. to noon Thursday at the Avalon Visitor Center.

Children will learn about trees through imaginative play, discovery activities and a walk. Participants should wear old clothes. The cost is $3. Registration is required.

The park will hold a "River of History Walk" from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday in the park's Avalon Area. Paul Travers, author of The Patapsco: Baltimore's River of History, will lead the hike. The group will visit artifacts on the landscape, including the remains of the town of Avalon, that offer clues about industries and other human life in the river valley.

The group will meet at the Avalon Visitor Center for the three-mile walk. Participants should wear sturdy walking shoes and bring water, sunscreen and insect repellent.

A "Leave No Trace and Camping Safety Skills" program will be offered from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Families can learn to minimize their impact on the environment while enjoying the outdoors. The group will meet at the Avalon Visitor Center. Registration is required.

Donations to the Friends of Patapsco Valley State Park Ltd. are welcome.

Information: 410-737-0451.

Basket bingo to benefit Charlestown Angels

The Ellicott City Athletic Association will sponsor a Basket Bingo to benefit the Charlestown Angels 13-and-under baseball team at 7 p.m. Friday at the Ellicott City Lion's Club, 5005 Waterloo Road.

Longaberger baskets will be filled with gifts and surprises. Doors open at 6 p.m. Food will be available.

Tickets are $15 in advance; $20 at the door. Information: 410-461-5274 or 410-461-4605.

Births

John Ryan: To Mark and Barbara Romiti of Ellicott City on March 11.

James Matthew: To Rick and Jill Snavely of Ellicott City on March 14.

Around town

Totally tea: The Miller library branch, 9421 Frederick Road, Ellicott City, will present "Totally Tea Time," a tea party for children age 7 and older, from 7 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. today and from 3:30 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. Friday. Children will bake and enjoy a treat and sample tea. Registration is required. Information: 410-313-1955.

Flea market: The Ellicott City Chapter of Kiwanis Club will hold a spring flea market from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday at Kiwanis-Wallas Park in Ellicott City. Outdoor vendor spaces are $5; indoor spaces are $10. Proceeds will benefit needy children in Howard County. Information: 410-995-4610 or e-mail engelb@nationwide.com.

Easy cooking: The new SPRING Tasties resource and support group will meet from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. April 9 at Colonial Landing Apartments, 6391 Rowanberry Drive in Elkridge. The group's theme is "Easy Eating for the Tired Cook." The group, which will meet for eight weeks, will share cooking shortcuts and learn to cook appetizing, easy meals that are nutritionally balanced and affordable. SPRING (Senior Peer Resources, Individuals, Networks and Groups) is a program of the Howard County Department of Citizen Services' Office on Aging. Information or to register: 410- 540-9552.

Firefighters sought: Elkridge Volunteer Fire Department, 6275 Old Washington Road, seeks people interested in becoming firefighters or ambulance personnel. Experience is not necessary. The department will provide training and certification. Help also is needed with activities, fund-raisers, painting and maintenance. Information: 410-640-9824.

Baby online: The Miller library branch, 9421 Frederick Road, Ellicott City, offers "Baby Mouse in the House," a 20-minute to 25-minute introduction to the library's online catalog, educational computer games and basic Internet searching. The program is for parents or adult caregivers with or without their preschool-age children. Information or to schedule a session: 410-313-1955.

Knit, crochet: Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks sponsors a knitting and crocheting group from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month at Kiwanis-Wallas Recreation Center in Ellicott City. Volunteers knit and crochet afghans, blankets, baby wear and other items for charities, hospitals and senior centers. Information: 410-313-7279.

SPRING Sunbeams: Howard County Department of Citizen Services' office on aging offers a free 10-week peer support group for seniors, SPRING Sunbeams, from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Thursdays at Colonial Landing Apartments, 6391 Rowanberry Drive, Elkridge. The group focuses on positive thinking. Information: Ann Havil, Elkridge Aging Alliance, 410-540-9552.

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