Parent-student sessions set

September 25, 2005

Parents and students will meet separately and together for discussions about teen relationships at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Miller branch library, 9421 Frederick Road, Ellicott City.

The free program is for ages 11 to 15. "Crushes, Going Out and Pressures to be Sexy: Teens and Parents Talk" will be led by Laura Smit of the Howard County Coalition for Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention and Peggy Schultz of the Howard County school system.

Dinner is included. Registration is required.

Information: 410-313-1950.

Another workshop for ages 11 through 15 and their parents, "Beyond Safe: Preventing Drug Abuse," is scheduled for Oct. 19 at the Miller branch library.

Topics will include talking with children and youth about drugs, preventing abuse, adverse health effects, risk factors and legal consequences.

The substance abuse prevention coordinator for the Howard County Health Department will be the facilitator.

Dinner is included. Registration begins Oct. 5.

Information or registration: 410-313-1950.

Second ramp to U.S. 29 to open

The State Highway Administration will open a second ramp lane from westbound U.S. 40 (Baltimore National Pike) to southbound U.S. 29, near Ridge Road, in Ellicott City. The ramp is to be open to motorists by tomorrow morning, weather permitting.

Lanes will be closed alternately so lines can be applied and overhead signs installed. Signs, arrowboards, cones and drums will guide motorists through the work site.

Howard High alumni baseball game is set

Baseball coach Rich Jenkins is putting together an alumni game, scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Saturday. The game will be played before the Howard High School Lions' homecoming football game against Centennial High School.

All former players and coaches are invited.

Information: 410-384-9330.

Around Town

Gardening advice -- The Miller branch library is offering its last drop-in question-and-answer session of the season with master gardeners from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. tomorrow 410-313-1950.

Draw, paint -- Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks will sponsor drawing and painting classes for ages 55 and older from 10 a.m. to noon and 1:15 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. Mondays, tomorrow through Nov. 28, at Kiwanis-Wallas Recreation Center in Ellicott City. The cost is $44. A supply list will be discussed at the first class; materials, purchased separately, cost about $50. Registration is required. 410-313-7279.

Show house -- Historic Ellicott City Inc. will hold its 21st Decorator Show House at Longwood, a house built in 1818 in Glenwood by Dr. Gustavus Warfield. The property at 3188 Route 97 is restored and decorated by area designers. The show house will be open to Oct. 23. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday; from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday; from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. The house will be closed Mondays. Tickets are $12 in advance; $15 at the door. The house is not handicapped-accessible. No children ages 10 or younger, including infants, will be admitted. 410-461- 6908, or

Legal services -- Attorney Gary Peklo will be at Ellicott City Senior Center, 9401 Frederick Road, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday for the 60 Plus Wills and Legal Screening Program. Services will include simple wills, powers of attorney, living wills, small estates and deed changes. The program is open to Howard County residents ages 60 and older. The cost of preparing documents is on a sliding scale. An appointment is required. 410-313-1400.

Bridge, pinochle -- Kiwanis-Wallas Recreation Center will offer free, drop-in bridge sessions from 9:30 a.m. to noon Wednesdays and pinochle sessions from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays. Table games will also be available. Take a lunch; coffee, tea and treats will be available. Donations will be accepted for the snack fund. 410-313-7279.

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