Ellicott City `Dogs Day' is Aug. 20

August 07, 2005

The Ellicott City Business Association will hold "A Dogs Day in Ellicott City," with contests and pet adoptions, Aug. 20 on Main Street in Historic Ellicott City. Contests will include the first "Pet-Owner Dress-Alike Contest," in which owner and pet wear matching clothes, and "The Best Bandana Contest," in which contestants present homemade bandanas modeled by their pets.

Animal Advocates will conduct pet placements at Pet Pals Inc., a pet-sitting service above the Yuppy Puppy Pet Boutique, which sells upscale apparel for dogs and cats.

Contest registration will be held from 11 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. at the boutique, 8120 Main St. The cost is $5. Pet adoptions are to begin at 2:30 p.m.

An acupuncturist and animal communicator will be on hand. Merchants will put out water and treats for dogs, Hoenes said, and Tersiguel's will offer a box lunch for owners.

Information: 410-750-WOOF, or www.theyuppypuppypetboutique.com.

Around Town

Conversation club:

The Miller branch library offers an English Conversation Club from 7:45 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. Mondays. The club is intended for adults and teenagers who speak English as a second or third language and who want to practice in a group setting. Registration is requested. 410-313-1950.

Gardening advice:

The Miller branch library is offering drop-in question-and-answer sessions with master gardeners from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Mondays and 10 a.m. to noon Saturdays to Sept. 30. 410-313-1950.

Getting ready:

The Elkridge library, 6540 Washington Blvd., Elkridge, will offer "Kindergarten, Here We Come!" a program of stories and activities to mark the important first day for children ages 4 and 5. The 30-minute program will be offered at 11 a.m. Tuesday and 7 p.m. Wednesday. Registration is required. 410-313-5077.

50th birthday:

Clark's Elioak Farm will celebrate the "Enchanted Forest's 50th Birthday" with a weekend benefit Saturday and Aug. 14. The farm is home to Cinderella, Snow White, Little Red Riding Hood, Sleeping Beauty, Alice in Wonderland and other storybook figures from the defunct Enchanted Forest amusement park in Ellicott City. Howard County Executive James N. Robey will kick off the weekend celebration at 10 a.m. Saturday. Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. will present a citation commemorating the 50-year history of the Enchanted Forest at noon Aug. 14.

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