Citizen group to discuss development, zoning issues

April 10, 2005

The Howard County Citizens Association, a nonpartisan group, will meet at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow at the Bureau of Utilities, 8270 Old Montgomery Road, Ellicott City.

Scheduled for discussion are the Maple Lawn development and "Comp Lite," land-use changes held over from last year's countywide comprehensive rezoning.

Everyone is welcome.

Information: 410-991-0381 or

Congregation dedicating children's center today

Our Savior Lutheran Church, 13611 Laurel-Bowie Road, Laurel, will hold a worship service and dedication of its Open Arms Child Development Center at 4 p.m. today.

The center will house a day-care program, a preschool and after-school care for the community, as well as spaces for Sunday school and other church activities.

Information: 301-776-6570.

Information about the child care program: Phyllis Brown, 240-568-9352.

Herbs and their history to be meeting's focus

Herb expert Maryland Massey will discuss "Herbs in American History" at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Laurel Club Pool Room at 9th and Main streets, in Laurel.

She will talk about the historical role of herbs, types of herbs that have been used, and she will bring several plants for those who want to start spring herb gardens.

The talk is sponsored by the Laurel Historical Society. Admission is free.

Information: 301-725-7975, or

Around Town

Children's programs: At the Savage branch library this month are 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, through May 20. "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, next week through May 9. Registration is to start Monday. The library is at 9525 Durness Lane. 410-880- 5978.

War and peace: 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. 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.

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 Friday to Herman Charity, assistant to the county executive, 3430 Court House Drive, Ellicott City 21043. 410-313-4640.

Spring classes: 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. 301-776-2805.

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 19. 410-880-5975.

Writing romance: Maryland romance writers Michelle Monkou, Catherine Asaro and Ruth Glick (who writes as Rebecca York) will talk about writing and romance at 7 p.m. April 19 at the Savage branch library. Registration is encouraged. 410-880-5980.

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