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October 30, 2003|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

In Baltimore City

Children's Bookstore to hold auction of signed books, art

The Children's Bookstore in Roland Park will mark its 25th anniversary Sunday with the first of a three-part silent auction of signed, first-edition children's books and original artwork by illustrators.

The bidding period of each auction will last two weeks. The second and third installments will take place through Dec. 14. All proceeds will be donated to the Children's Bookstore Educational Foundation, which supplies free books to city schoolchildren.

Among the nearly 50 sets of items being auctioned are signed books by Maurice Sendak and J.K. Rowling and art by New Yorker cartoonists Edward Sorel and Jules Feiffer. Information: www.thecb store.com, or 410-532-2000.

Insurance company to give away steering wheel locks

Baltimore police plan to give away 100 steering wheel locking devices beginning at 1 p.m. today at the shopping center at 2600 Belair Road.

American Skyline Insurance Co. has donated the devices, which will be given away on a first-come, first-served basis. The company describes them as "Master Lock anti-theft devices" and says they'll be helpful in deterring auto thefts in the Belair-Edison area.

In Baltimore County

Police seek information on Dundalk store burglar

TOWSON -- Baltimore County police are trying to identify a burglar who threw a rock through the window of a Dundalk convenience store and made off with $1,000 worth of cigarettes this month.

Police said the man broke into The Station in the 6900 block of Holabird Ave. on the night of Oct. 15. It was the fourth burglary at the business since Sept. 9. Cigarettes were taken each time, police said.

Anyone with information on the incident is asked to call Baltimore County police at 410-307- 2020 or Metro Crime Stoppers at 410-276-8888.

Permit needed for bonfires, agricultural burning

TOWSON -- Baltimore County officials issued a reminder this week that bonfires and agricultural burning are illegal without a permit.

Leaf burning is prohibited throughout the county, and open burning is prohibited inside the Baltimore Beltway.

Outside the beltway, recreational bonfires require a permit from the Office of the Fire Marshal. Burning agricultural debris, such as brush, stumps and limbs, requires approval from the environmental health section of the county's Department of Environmental Protection and Resource Management.

Information: fire marshal, 410-887-4880; DEPRM, 410-887- 3775.

County sponsors contest for kids' anti-litter posters

TOWSON -- Baltimore County is sponsoring a student poster contest as part of its campaign to discourage littering.

Students are asked to create an anti-litter slogan and accompanying artwork. Winners will receive a variety of prizes, including a bicycle and store gift certificates. The deadline for entries is Dec. 12.

The contest is open to all students in the county, kindergarten through 12th grade, and the student entries will be judged in three age categories.. The slogan and artwork should be designed for general use as a poster at businesses, in communities and at schools. Information: Laura Norman, 410-887- 2790.

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