Parents' seminar on how to talk to kids

December 25, 2005

Howard County Hadassah will sponsor a talk for parents with older children, "Talking to Tweens and Teens: How to Discuss Sex and Drugs with Your Child," from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Jan. 30 at Temple Isaiah, 12200 Scaggsville Road, Fulton.

Pediatric nurse practitioner Janet Schultz will offer suggestions on raising difficult topics with growing children.

Registration is requested by Jan. 25.

Information: Helaine Brenner, 410-418-9262. For directions: 410-888-9100. Or visit www.hocohadassah.org.

Savage library plans games, book club

The Savage branch library, 9525 Durness Lane, will hold a meeting of its English Conversation Club for people for whom English is a second or third language from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Jan. 3. Those who attend can practice speaking and understanding in an informal group setting.

"Games Galore," an afternoon program of favorite games such as Scrabble, Life, Monopoly and Clue, will be offered for youth age 11 and older at the Savage branch at 4 p.m. Jan. 3, 17 and 31. Registration is not needed.

The Savage Mystery Book club will meet at 7 p.m. Jan. 11 to discuss Cold Shoulder by Lynda La Plante. The library's Third Wednesday Book Club will discuss Profiles in Courage, by John F. Kennedy at 7 p.m. Jan. 18. Registration is not needed, and books are available at the branch.

The Howard County Library Chess Club will meet at the Savage branch from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Jan. 11 and 25. Players of all ages and abilities are welcome, but must know how to play. Registration is not needed.

"Popping Up," a program about popcorn for age 11 and older, is scheduled from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the library. Those who attend will have a chance to taste different kinds of popcorn and learn about its other uses. Registration begins Jan. 4.

Information: 410-880-5980.

Around Town

Successful clothing -- Sandy's Repeat Performance, a consignment men's and women's clothing resale shop in Historic Savage Mill, is holding a fundraiser for Success in Style, a nonprofit organization that provides free business attire and fashion advice to disadvantaged women looking to enter or re-enter the work force. Contributions will be accepted through Saturday. The goal is to raise $1,000. 301-498-7008 from noon to 4 p.m., except Mondays.

PACE -- Savage Senior Center will offer an eight-week PACE (People with Arthritis Can Exercise) class Wednesday and Friday afternoons. The class uses gentle activities, performed in sitting or standing positions, to increase joint flexibility and range of motion and to maintain muscle strength. The cost is $20. A release form is required. Savage Senior Center is at 9525 Durness Lane. Edith Bennett, 410-880-5915.

New hours -- The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Patuxent Research Refuge is changing its public hours and visitor service programs. The North Tract entrance will be open daily from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The National Wildlife Visitor Center will be open from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily, this month through February. Regular hours, from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., will resume from March through November. The refuge will continue to close on federal holidays. The National Wildlife Visitor Center is on Powder Mill Road, between the Baltimore-Washington Parkway and Route 197, south of Laurel. The North Tract entrance is off Route 198 between the Baltimore-Washington Parkway and Route 32. 301-497- 5887, or patuxent.fws.gov.

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