Fantasy author to talk about writing, sign new book

December 25, 2005

Maryland fantasy author Wayne Thomas Batson will speak about the writer's craft and the inspiration for his new book, The Door Within, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Jan. 17 at the Elkridge branch library, 6540 Washington Blvd., Elkridge.

The Door Within is the first in a fantasy trilogy for teens. In partnership with Border's Books & Music, books will be available for purchase and signing. The program is for youth age 11 and older; parents are welcome.

Registration begins Jan. 3. Information: 410-313-5077.

Teen 'zine seeking staff members

The Miller branch library, 9421 Frederick Road, Ellicott City, will hold a meeting of its Teen 'Zine Editorial Committee from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Jan. 25.

Future journalists, poets, cartoonists and publishers are invited to join the staff of the library's new teen magazine. Those who participate will write and collect stories, edit, proofread and design the quarterly print and online 'zine.

Registration starts Jan. 18. Information: 410-313-1950.

Jewelry club for seniors planned

Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks will sponsor a "Jewelry-a-Month" club for seniors age 55 and older to make a project, learn techniques, share beads and meet new friends from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Jan. 13, Feb. 10 and March 10 at the Ellicott City Senior Center, 9401 Frederick Road.

Details about each month's project will be sent out before each class. The cost is $9 for the series, plus a fee for supplies, to be paid to the instructor.

Information or to register: 410-313-7279.


Completes training -- Daniel P. Newton, son of Lina A. and Brian E. Newton of Ellicott City, recently completed 12 weeks of basic training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, S.C.

Around Town

English practice -- The Miller branch library, 9421 Frederick Road, Ellicott City, is offering an English Conversation Club for people speaking English as a second language from 7:45 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. Mondays. First-time participants must register before attending a meeting. 410-313-1950.

Exellent reads -- The Elkridge library, 6540 Washington Blvd., will offer its book club, Elk Excellent Reads, twice a month to accommodate as many people as possible. The groups will discuss Blessings, by Anna Quindlen, at noon Jan. 9 and 7:30 p.m. Jan. 10. Books are available at the branch. Registration is not needed. 410-313-5077.

Driving classes -- Mount Hebron Viking Backers will sponsor a driver education session from 2:30 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. weekdays Jan. 9 to 20 at Mount Hebron High School, 9440 Route 99, Ellicott City. Students who complete the course successfully will meet the driving school requirement for obtaining a Maryland driver's license. Driving time is scheduled separately after the classroom work is completed. The cost is $375, which includes the classroom instruction and on-the-road training. Students must be at least 15 years old and have a learner's permit before taking the driving portion of the course. Applications are available in the front office at Mount Hebron High School. Students must register at least two days in advance. 800-374-8373.

Seniors read -- Ellicott City Seniors Book Club will discuss The Joy Luck Club, by Amy Tan, at 1 p.m. Jan. 11. Copies of the books are available at the branch. Registration is not needed. 410-313-1950.

New year -- The Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks will present a Lunar New Year Celebration, with arts, crafts and a performance by storyteller Linda Fang, from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Jan. 21 at Elkridge Landing Middle School, 7085 Montgomery Road, Elkridge. The Howard County Chinese School will hold a fashion show, and the Johns Hopkins Lion Dance Troupe will perform. All ages are welcome; children and youth in eighth grade and younger must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Admission is $10 for the performances; $5 for the craft workshops. Registration is required by Jan. 19 or until all the tickets are sold. 410-313-7275; TTY, 410-313-4665. In case of inclement weather: 410-313-4452. Or register online at

Bridge, pinochle -- Kiwanis-Wallas Recreation Center is offering lessons in bridge with Ruth-Anne Mazer, and pinochle from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Jan. 11 through March 1. The cost for pinochle instruction is $35. 410-313-7279.

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