Pancake breakfast today

October 02, 2005

The Elkridge Volunteer Fire Department, 6275 Old Washington Road, will sponsor a pancake breakfast from 7:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. today. Tickets are $7; $5 for senior citizens and children. Information: 410-313-4901.

The Fire Department plans a Community Appreciation Parade at 10 a.m. Saturday, starting at Old Washington Road and Abel Street. The marchers will go along Old Washington Road to Main Street, and the Fire Department will hold an open house, with demonstrations, station tours and free fire-prevention materials immediately after the parade. Information: 410-379-0315.

The Elkridge Junior Firefighters will be hosts for a Halloween Youth Dance and costume contest, for ages 9-15, to be held from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $7 a person. Information: 443-904-5263.

Workshop Oct. 19 on drug abuse

Registration will begin Wednesday for a workshop for ages 11 through 15 and their parents, "Beyond Safe: Preventing Drug Abuse." The workshop is scheduled for Oct. 19 at the Miller branch library.

Topics will include talking with youths 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. The library is at 9421 Frederick Road, Ellicott City.

Information: 410-313-1950.

Business groups to hold festival

The Ellicott City Business Association is seeking artists and performers for its fourth annual Ellicott City Fall Arts Festival, to be held from noon to 5 p.m. Oct. 15 on Main Street.

Musicians, dancers, visual artists, sculptors and artisans are needed.

Spaces for artisans will be spread throughout the town. Spaces, which vary in size, cost $50. Artists must provide tents and tables. All proceeds from sales go to the artists.

Spaces will be filled first-come, first-served. Photos of work must be submitted with the application. A self-addressed, stamped envelope should be included.

Performing artists will be given time slots in one of three locations on Main Street. After applications are reviewed, video or audio tapes of their work must be submitted if requested.

Information or to request an application: Sarah Tanenbaum, 410-465-9700.

Medicare program set for Wednesday

The Howard County Department of Citizen Services' Office on aging will present "Medicare Today -- Understanding Medicare Prescription Drug Coverage 2006" at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Ellicott City Senior Center, 9401 Frederick Road.

Medicare prescription drug coverage will begin Jan. 1. Enrollment begins Nov. 15.

The discussion will be lead by representatives from the Senior Health Insurance Assistance Program and the Howard County Office on Aging.

Information or to register: 410-313-7391.

Around Town

Show house -- Historic Ellicott City Inc. is holding 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 until Oct. 23. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursdays; and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. The house will be closed Mondays. Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door. The house is not handicapped-accessible. No children ages 10 or younger will be admitted. 410-461-6908, or

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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