Howard Datebook

September 30, 2002

U.S. policy:

Howard County library is offering talks on "The Implications of Sept. 11 for U.S. Policy" at the central library, 10375 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia. Col. Mark Pizzo will discuss "Military Transformation in a World of Terrorism" at 7 p.m. today. Albert C. Pierce, professor of ethics at the Naval Academy, will discuss "The Ethics of U.S. Use of Force" at 7 p.m. Oct. 7. 410-313-7800.

Tomorrow

Show house:

Historic Ellicott City Inc.'s 18th Decorator Show House, Cloverdale, in Mount Airy, a farmhouse decorated by local interior designers, will be open to Oct. 20. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Friday and Saturday; and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $10 in advance; $12 at the door. A boutique, garden shop and programs on gardening, history and fashion are available. Proceeds will help support preservation projects of Historic Ellicott City Inc. 410- 461-6908 or www.ecbo.org.

Young, elder:

Babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers are invited to visit residents for "Share-A-Hug Story Time" from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Lorien Nursing Home, 6334 Cedar Lane, Columbia. The children and residents will share stories, singing, puppets and finger-play games. 410-313-7461.

Book club:

The Central Library, 10375 Little Patuxent Parkway, will sponsor a book club for girls, ages 11 to 13, and their parents from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The Breadwinner, by Deborah Ellis, will be discussed. Registration is required. 410-313- 7860.

Thursday

Welcome:

Newcomers of Howard County will hold a coffee meeting at 10 a.m. at New Hope Lutheran Church, 8575 Guilford Road, Columbia for new county residents. Information: 443-535- 0291 or 410-309-9644.

Friday

Floating trip:

Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks will sponsor a two-day "River Raft Float and Seven Springs Autumn Fest Trip" for people age 55 and older, from 8 a.m. Friday to 8 p.m. Saturday in the Laurel Highland Mountains. The trip includes a float down the Youghiogheny River (no one gets wet) and an overnight at Seven Spring Mountain Resort. The cost is $270 double; $195 single. Registration is due as soon as possible. 410-313-7279.

Saturday

Wildlife festival:

Patuxent Research Refuge will celebrate Earth Science Week, National Wildlife Refuge Week and a century of wildlife conservation and bird-banding from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at its National Wildlife Visitor Center in Laurel. Activities will include tours of the Wildlife Research Center, wildlife conservation tram tours, guided nature hikes and craft projects for children. Admission is free. Tram tours are $3 for adults; $2 for seniors. Children to age 12 pay $1. 301-497-5763; TDD, 301-497-5779.

Snipe hunt:

Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks will sponsor a "Great Snipe Hunt," for families with children ages 4 to 7, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Schooley Mill Park. Participants will prepare for the hunt with a campfire, hayride and s'mores, and then hike into the woods to search for the Fulton Snipe. Participants should take a large brown paper bag and flashlight (the hunt is imaginary). The cost is $30 per family. Registration is required. 410- 313-7275; text telephone, 410-313- 4665. In case of inclement weather, call 410-313-4452 after 4 p.m. the day of the event.

Civil War walk:

Patapsco Valley State Park will hold a walking tour, "Relay During the Civil War," from 10 a.m. to noon in Relay. Participants will learn the town's role in the history of B&O Railroad and protecting Thomas Viaduct during the Civil War. Registration is required. Donations are welcome. 410-737-0451.

Future

Elvis, Tunica:

Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks will sponsor a trip for Elvis fans and casino enthusiasts, ages 55 and older, from 8 a.m. Oct. 14 to 8 p.m. Oct. 19. The trip, titled "Elvis & Tunica, Miss.," includes a tour of Memphis and Graceland, a river cruise on the Memphis Queen, and two of the five nights' lodging at Tunica Casino Hotel. The cost, which includes five breakfasts, four dinners and lodging. is $605 for a quad; $650 for a triple; and $705 for a double. 410- 313-7279.

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