Spring Egg Hunt set for March 19

February 27, 2005

The Elkridge Athletic Association Inc. and Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks will hold a Spring Egg Hunt, for children ages 2 to 10, from 10 a.m. to noon March 19 at Rockburn Elementary School.

Take a basket. Games and activities are planned.

The cost is $4 a child; $11 a family. Registration is required by March 12.

To register, send a check, with the names and ages of the children to be registered, to Elkridge Adult Athletic Association Inc., 5965 Elk Forest Court, Elkridge 21075.

Information: 410-313-4624. In case of inclement weather: 410- 313-4452 after 8 a.m. on the day of the event.

Kiwanis flea market to set up shop March 26

The fourth Kiwanis Spring Flea Market will be held from 8 a.m. to noon March 26 at Kiwanis Wallas Park in Ellicott City.

Inside spaces cost $10; outside spaces, $5. Tables are available for a small additional fee. Revenue from table rentals will go to community causes.

Admission is free to customers. Refreshments will be available to purchase.

Information: Bob Martin, 410-884-0054.

Around Town

Parents and children:

Elkridge Horizon Council and the Elkridge library will offer a free dinner and workshop for parents and their middle school children, "Beyond SAFE: Pre-teens and Parents Talk About Alcohol and Other Drugs," from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday at the library, 6540 Washington Blvd., Elkridge. Anne Walker, substance abuse coordinator for the Howard County Health Department, will speak. Topics include an overview of drugs and their effects; risk factors and protective strategies; warning signs that a child might be using drugs; legal consequences for parents and children; and helpful Web sites. Admission is free, but reservations are required. 410-313-5085. The program, sponsored by the Ellicott City Horizon Council and the Miller branch library, will be held at the Miller branch from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. March 10. 410-313- 1950.

Reduce test anxiety:

A course on reducing test anxiety will be offered at Centennial High School for Howard County students. The five-session "Stressless Tests Program" is designed to help students taking the SAT, Advanced Placement examinations and regular classroom tests. The next small-group evening sessions will start Wednesday and April 13. No class will be held March 30. The cost is $165. Betty Caldwell, 410-740-4659.

Library offerings:

The Miller branch library, 9421 Frederick Road, Ellicott City, will offer a program on the basics of beginning a garden with master gardeners Liz Manzolino and Suzette Holiday at 7 p.m. Thursday. Registration for the program, "Seeding and Multiplying Plants," is encouraged. An English conversation club is offered from 7:45 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. Mondays. The club is intended for adults and teens who speak English as a second or third language who want to practice in a group setting. Registration is requested before attending a meeting. 410-313-1950.

Sign language:

The Miller branch library, 9421 Frederick Road, Ellicott City, sponsors a Sign Language Club from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Thursdays. The weekly sessions teach teens and adults about sign language and the culture of the hearing-impaired. Registration is required at least a day in advance. 410- 313-1950.

Driver education:

The Mount Hebron High School Viking Backers group is sponsoring driver education classes. Afternoon classes for the 30-hour classroom portion of the course will be held from 2:30 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. March 7, April 11 and May 9. Each session includes two weeks of classroom instruction. An evening session is planned from April 11 to 22. Six-hour behind-the-wheel sessions will be scheduled individually. Students must be at least 15 years and 5 months old to enroll. Instructors from Top Driver will teach the classes, which are open to Howard County students. The cost is $335. Applications: Mount Hebron High School front office; or Debbie Heyman, 410-465-4545, or djhey man1@comcast.net.

Registration:

Hollifield Station Elementary School will hold registration for kindergarten and first grade for the 2005-2006 school year from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. March 14 to 18. Hours will be extended to 8 p.m. March 16 to accommodate working parents. To register for kindergarten, children must have been born between Nov. 1, 1999, and Sept. 30, 2000. Parents must live in Howard County within the school district. Proofs of birth, residence and immunization (unless there is a religious exemption) and a picture identification are required to register. 410-313-2550.

Tip Line

If you have information on community events in Ellicott City/Elkridge, call Fay Lande at 410-715-2811.

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