Cleanup Saturday at Patapsco Female Institute

October 09, 2005

Friends of the Patapsco Female Institute will hold its fall cleanup at 8:45 a.m. Saturday at the institute, 3691 Sarah's Lane in Ellicott City.

Volunteers should take work gloves, a shovel, a rake and garden tools if available. They should dress for the weather and wear sturdy shoes.

The group will meet at Mount Ida, the visitor center.

Information: 410-465-8500.

Business group plans arts festival

The Ellicott City Business Association will present its fourth annual Ellicott City Fall Arts Festival from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday on Main Street in Historic Ellicott City.

Musicians, dancers, visual artists, sculptors and artisans will demonstrate their work. Commemorative prints of Ellicott City will be for sale.

Entries from the annual Ellicott City Restoration Foundation's Photography Contest will be displayed at CentreTek, and winners will be announced during the festival. A raffle, refreshments and activities for children including face-painting, caricatures and a moon bounce, are also planned.

The festival is sponsored by the Ellicott City Business Association and local businesses.

Information: 410-465-9700.

Sock hop planned at senior center

Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks will sponsor a Sock Hop Pizza Party for ages 55 and older from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Elkridge Senior Center.

The 1950s-theme event features entertainment, pizza and beverages. Participants are invited to dress in poodle skirts and letter sweaters, and to wear dancing shoes.

The cost is $3. Information: 410-313-5192.

Around Town

Show house -- Historic Ellicott City Inc. is holding its 21st Decorator Show House at Longwood, built in 1818 in Glenwood by Dr. Gustavus Warfield. The property at 3188 Route 97 is restored and decorated by area designers. The 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 historicec.com.

Preventing abuse -- Registration is open for a workshop for ages 11 through 15 and their parents, "Beyond Safe: Preventing Drug Abuse." It will be held 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. 410-313-1950.

Bridge, pinochle -- The 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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