Master gardener to answer questions at Glenwood library Saturday

August 14, 2005

A master gardener will be at the Glenwood library, 2350 Route 97, Cooksville, to answer questions from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday. Those who attend are invited to take plant samples.

Registration is not necessary.

The library will sponsor a Writers' Circle, for aspiring authors in search of feedback and support, at 7 p.m. Thursday.

The library will celebrate its fifth year of service with an open house from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 27. There will be refreshments and an opportunity to share experiences of a favorite storytime program, book or staff member.

Visitors are encouraged to stop by the farmers' market on the library parking lot, open from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturdays.

Vendors include Breezy Willow Farm; Triadelphia Lakeview Farm, Neopol; Our House; Secret Garden; Brown's Cove Farm; Atwater Bakery; Vine & Branches; Audia's Herb Farm; Lewis Orchard; the Breadery; and CJ's BBQ.

Information: 410-313-5577.

Around town

Boosters' activities:

The Booster Club at Marriotts Ridge High School will begin fall sports tryouts at 2 p.m. tomorrow. Student athletes should meet in the gym. Tryouts will continue during the week. Sophomore orientation is scheduled from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 25, and freshman orientation, from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 26. The school will hold its grand opening ceremony from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 28. A sale of spirit wear is to start a half-hour before the ceremony.`Wacky Wednesdays':

The Glenwood library, 2350 Route 97, Cooksville, is presenting "Wacky Wednesdays," summer activities with books, crafts and discussions for youngsters ages 11 and older. "Back to School Crafts," a workshop on how to make desk caddies and magazine files, decorating shoes or a bag, is to be held from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. this week. Participants should take a canvas bag, shoestrings or white canvas sneakers to decorate. Registration is required. 410-313-5577.

Pottery demo:

David and Junko Young, owners of Lion Potter in Sandy Spring, will demonstrate the art of throwing pottery at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Glenwood library, 2350 Route 97 Cooksville. The Youngs' pottery will be on display at the library this month. The program is for adults and families. Registration is required. 410-313-5577.

Nature walks:

Howard County Conservancy, at Mount Pleasant Farm in Woodstock, will offer a free butterfly walk, with expert Richard Smith, from 10 a.m. to noon Aug. 27. Walkers should meet at the conservancy's Gudelsky Environmental Education Center on the 232-acre farm. The nonprofit conservancy, which is open to the public from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, is at 10520 Old Frederick Road. Registration is encouraged. 410-465- 8877.

Affordable housing:

River Hill Community Association will sponsor a presentation on affordable housing at 7 p.m. Aug. 29 at Claret Hall in River Hill Village Center, Clarksville. Representatives from the Interfaith Coalition for Affordable Housing will talk about the need for such housing in Howard County and the organization's proposal for "middle-income inclusionary zoning." Also to be discussed are housing density, myths associated with affordable housing and the design of reasonably priced houses. The program is co-sponsored by the Columbia village associations. Registration is encouraged. Susan Smith, 410-531-1749.

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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