Concert to help Katrina victims

October 23, 2005

Elkridge Elementary School and Elkridge Landing Middle School will sponsor a concert, "Now's The Time," to raise money for the victims of Hurricane Katrina.

The concert will be held at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 4 at Elkridge Landing Middle School.

Performers will include musicians in the military, bands, jazz groups and others.

Tickets are $10. Proceeds will go to the Red Cross.

Information: Steve Wampler, 410-313-5006.

Pupils can explore historic ruins

Fourth-, fifth- and sixth-graders will have an opportunity to explore the stabilized ruins of Patapsco Female Institute Historic Park at 2 p.m. Oct. 30.

The program is to include an introduction to the once-famous 19th-century school for young women and a tour of the ruins.

Students' diaries, photos, maps and a sampling of the 90,000 artifacts in the institute's collection will be available, some to touch. The children will have a chance to spend time in the institute's archaeology laboratory.

The cost is $10 a person. Reservations are required.

Information or to reserve a place: 410-465-8500.

Driver education at Mount Hebron

The Mount Hebron Viking Backers will sponsor a driver-education course from 2:30 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. weekdays, Nov. 7 to 18.

Driving time is scheduled separately, after the classroom sessions are completed.

The cost is $375 and includes the classes and on-road training. Students must be at least 15 years old and have a learner's permit before taking the practical part of the course. The course is open to everyone.

Instruction will be supplied by Top Driver Inc. (800-374-8373). Applications are available at the Mount Hebron High School front office. The school is at 9440 Route 99, Ellicott City.

Information: 410-750-8817.

Haunted Halloween at Rockburn Park

Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks is presenting its Haunted Halloween at Rockburn Branch Park.

Co-sponsored by the Elkridge Adult Athletic Association, the event will continue for children ages 7 and older from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday. The cost is $8 aperson.

A less-scary event for children ages 2 to 7 will be held from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. today and Oct. 30. The cost is $3. Food will be available for purchase.

Information: 410-313-4624. In case of inclement weather: 410-313-4452.

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 through today. Tickets are $15 at the door. The house is not handicapped-accessible. No children ages 10 or younger will be admitted. 410-461-6908, or

Old Elkridge -- Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks will sponsor "Lunch at Old Elkridge Landing," a lunch and history session with author Joetta Cramm, from noon to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday at Elkridge Furnace Inn. Included is a slide presentation on Elkridge Landing, the earliest settled area of Howard County. Participants ages 18 and older will meet at the restaurant on Furnace Avenue at noon. The cost is $29 a person. A walking tour through old-town Ellicott City with Cramm is planned for Nov. 5. The two-hour tour will begin east of the Patapsco River bridge at Parking Lot A, next to the Trolley Stop Restaurant. Cramm will describe the growth and change of early Ellicott Mills. Participants, ages 18 and older, should wear comfortable shoes, and meet in Parking Lot A at 10 a.m. The cost is $12. 410-313-7275.

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.

Craft fair -- Kiwanis of Ellicott City will hold its Fall Craft Fair & Pancake Breakfast from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Kiwanis Wallas Park, Route 144 and U.S. 40 in Ellicott City. Spaces for artisans cost $15. The breakfast costs $5 a person; children to age 8 eat free. Proceeds from table rentals and refreshments will help support the organization's community service projects. Gus Katsampis, 410-465-1891, or ellicottcity

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