A workshop on preventing drug abuse, for teenagers ages 11 to 15 and their parents, will be offered at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 25 at the Glenwood branch library, 2350 Route 97, Cooksville.
Topics include talking with children about drugs, preventing abuse before it starts, adverse health effects, risk factors, and the legal consequences for substance abuse. The substance abuse prevention coordinator for the Howard County Health Department will facilitate.
The program, which will be offered at the Miller branch library in Ellicott City on Oct. 19, is co-sponsored by The Horizon Council and the Howard County Coalition for Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention.
Admission is free and includes dinner. Registration begins Oct. 11.
Opening weekend at Brookeville farm
Sharp's at Waterford Farm, 4003 Jennings Chapel Road in Brookeville is holding its opening weekend.
A ride by the Howard County Iron Bridge Hounds to the farm was planned for yesterday, and pumpkin-picking, feeding farm animals, face-painting and scarecrow-making are available all weekend. A five-acre "BEE-A-MAZE-ED" corn maze is available, as are fresh cider, apples, observation beehives a farm museum and a nature trail.
Information: 410-854-6275 or sharpfarm.com.
Library programs planned for children
Children's programs this month at the Glenwood branch library include "Pirates Ahoy!" a program for ages 5 and older, with pirate songs, stories and a craft, at 2 p.m. Oct. 15 and 6:30 p.m. Oct. 17. Registration for both sessions starts Saturday.
"Fall into Science," a program for ages 3-6 of simple science concepts and experiments inspired by children's literature, will be offered at 11 a.m. Oct. 28 and Nov. 4. Registration begin Oct. 21.
"Halloween Craft Days," a 20- to 30-minute program for young children, will be offered from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 29 and 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Oct. 31. The program, which includes crafts is for families. Children younger than age 2 must be accompanied by an adult. Registration is not necessary.
Glenwood library plans book clubs
The Glenwood library will sponsor a meeting of its Mother-Daughter Book Club, for mothers and daughters ages 11 and older, at 7 p.m. Oct. 12. The group will discuss Ruby Electric by Theresa Nelson.
Registration is not needed. Refreshments will be served.
The library's Graphic Novel Club, for ages 11-17, will meet at 7 p.m. Oct. 26. The group discusses favorite graphic novels (comic books) and examines their drawing styles. No reading is required, and registration is not needed.
The library is at 2350 Route 97, Cooksville.
Fire prevention focus of open house
The Fifth District Volunteer Fire Department will hold its annual Fire Prevention Open House from noon to 3 p.m. Oct. 16 at the Clarksville firehouse.
Rides will be offered on the firetruck, and a kids' safety house and a helicopter, snacks and take-home prizes will be available for children.
Completes training -- Air Force Cadet Nicholas W. Kennedy, son of Joan K. Cody and stepson of Patrick Cody of Clarksville, and son of Kevin Kennedy of Columbia, has completed basic cadet training and earned the rank of cadet fourth class at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo. The 2004 graduate of River Hill High School is one of more than 1,300 men and women who completed the six-week orientation program, which prepares cadets for their first academic year at the academy.