Book club for seniors is to meet Wednesday

July 03, 2005

The Western Howard County Seniors Book Club, known for its lively discussions of contemporary fiction, will meet at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Glenwood library, 2350 Route 97, Cooksville.

The group of retired women welcomes new members. Killer Smile, by Lisa Scottoline, will be discussed at the next meeting.

The library's Contemporary Fiction book Club will meet to discuss The Namesake, by Jhumpa Lahiri, at 7 p.m. July 11. Library associate Lucie Pettis will be the facilitator.

A Harry Potter Trivia Challenge is planned for fans, ages 8 and older, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. July 13 at the library. Prizes and refreshments will be provided. Register at the branch.

As part of the "Glenwood Pet and Horse Care Series," staff members from the Animal Medical Hospital at Glenwood will discuss "Dental Care for Dogs and Cats" at 6 p.m. July 19. "Colic in the Horse" will be the topic at 7:30 p.m. July 19. Registration, which begins Tuesday, is encouraged.

Information: 410-313-5577.

Free performance set of Shakespeare's `Dream'

The Glenelg Country School will be the site of a free performance of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream at 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

Michelle Mulitz, an alumna of the school and a junior at Carnegie Mellon University, will play the role of Hermia.

The performance is part of the Olney Theatre Center's annual Summer Shakespeare Tour.

Admission is free and open to the public. Patrons are encouraged to take lawn chairs and blankets and picnic on the theater grounds. If it rains, the show will be moved into the school's Mulitz Theater.

Information: 410-531-8600.

Around town

Sports camps:

River Hill High School Boosters offers summer sports camps to help young athletes improve their skills. More than 20 camps will be offered, including football, soccer, baseball, softball, field hockey, volleyball, distance training and conditioning, cheerleading, weight training and dance. The one-week camps will run through Aug. 12. Hours are 9 a.m. to noon or 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. The cost is $115 a camp. Forms are available in the school office; or 410-313-7114.

Equine fair:

Equine enthusiasts will ride and walk in a variety of activities July 23 at the Howard County Fairgrounds to raise money for the American Cancer Society. The event is sponsored by Howard County 4-H horse clubs -- the Centaur; and Spur and Stirrup 4-H clubs -- and the American Cancer Society. Participants will be at the fairgrounds from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. for "Ride for Life," a family-oriented event that is to include rides around the ring, walks for individuals or teams of two, a yard sale and flea market in the six shaded cow barns, old-fashioned candy and food. Half-hourly giveaways, a 50/50 raffle, and equine-related demonstrations are planned. A Wall of Remembrance, to honor cancer survivors and those who did not survive, will show names of honorees on hand-painted wooden horses, which can be purchased for $5. Demonstrations by drill teams, a book-signing by author, actress and horse wrangler JoAnn Dawson, a petting zoo, pony rides and a craft area for children are planned. Marie Barnard, 410-461-3985, or 4hclub.

Anniversary celebration:

Maryland Western Horse Association is making plans for its 50th anniversary celebration, to be held from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 24 at the Howard County Fairgrounds. The afternoon will include children's activities, dancing and music provided by a disc jockey, food, displays and recognition of the organization's past presidents. Former members are urged to attend. Tickets are $5. The group, a private riding and horse-showing organization, meets at the Howard County Fairgrounds. 410-988- 9350 or 410-795-6256.

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