Library in Savage plans April children's programs

March 27, 2005

Children's programs at the Savage branch library next month are to include Family Fridays, drop-in story times for families with children ages 2 to 6 with an adult. Registration is not needed for the 30-minute program, which will be offered at 10:30 a.m. Fridays, this week through May 20. A session April 8 does require registration.

"Spring Fling - Signed Storytime," a program for ages 2 and older with signing by Kathy Pongor of Gallaudet University, will be offered at 7 p.m. April 26. Registration is to begin a week in advance.

"Be an Animal Tracker," a program for children ages 6 to 8 to learn to identify animal tracks through stories and games and make an animal-tracks book, is planned at 2 p.m. April 8. Registration is required.

"Spring into Science," a program for ages 3 to 6 with an adult, will present simple science concepts and experiments inspired by children's literature. Sessions are scheduled for 10:15 a.m. Mondays, April 11 through May 9. Registration is to start April 4.

The library is at 9525 Durness Lane.

Information: 410-880-5978.

Israel-Palestine prospects for peace to be topic

The Howard County Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation will sponsor a talk by Teddy Katz, a member of the Israeli peace group Gush Shalom, at 7:30 p.m. April 11 at the Savage branch library.

He will discuss "Prospects for Peace in Israel and Palestine."

The event is co-sponsored by Deir Yassin Remembered and the Howard County Coalition for Peace and Justice.

Admission is free, but a donation will be requested.

S. Laurel rec council taking registration for classes

The South Laurel Recreation Council is accepting registration for spring classes for children, teens and adults. Classes are held at Montpelier, Oaklands and James H. Harrison elementary schools.

Fitness, self-defense, dance, crafts, chess, magic, sewing and a variety of other classes are offered.

Information: 301-776-2805.

Around Town

Planners sought: County Executive James N. Robey and County Council Chairman Guy Guzzone invite residents to apply for membership on the new North Laurel Community Center Planning Committee. Members will work with the Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks and the Office on Aging to develop a master plan for the proposed community center and park to be built on 33 acres north of Washington Avenue and south of Laurel Woods Elementary School. Initially, the committee will meet monthly. Anyone interested should submit a letter of interest and a resume by April 15 to Herman Charity, assistant to the county executive, 3430 Court House Drive, Ellicott City 21043. 410-313-4640.

Wildlife art: The 16th Patuxent Wildlife Art Show & Sale will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Patuxent Wildlife Refuge, off Powder Mill Road, near Laurel. A preview reception with the artists, which requires tickets, will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Friday. A silent auction of pieces donated by participating artists is planned. Admission is free Saturday and Sunday. 301-497-5789, or

Checkers: The Savage branch library, 9525 Durness Lane, is offering a Checkers Club for ages 11 and older from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. April 5 and 19. No experience is necessary. 410-880-5975.

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