Elkridge library offers activities

March 05, 2006

The Elkridge library will offer Girls Group, a chance for those ages 12 to 15 to unwind after school, talk about favorite books, movies and music and try a craft. There also will be guest speakers.

The group will meet from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays, beginning March 24. Registration begins Friday.

A Dungeons and Dragons Club for those ages 13 to 17 is planned at the library for one Sunday each month. Participants will have a chance to assume the role of a character and journey through the game's magical world.

Information: 410-313-5077.

Applications taken for 2006 scholarships

The Elkridge Adult Athletic Association will accept 2006 scholarship applications from area high school seniors until April 19.

For information about the scholarships and the application process, call Danny Tracy, 410-796-4389.

Miller branch offers Faulkner program

The Miller branch library, 9421 Frederick Road, Ellicott City, will present "Let's Talk About It!: William Faulkner," a four-part series of discussions of the Nobel prize-winning author's short stories and novels with Diane Rowland, a specialist in literature of the American South.

The first session will focus on selected Faulkner's short stories and will be held at 7 p.m. March 14.

Books will be provided at registration, which is required.

Information: 410-313-1950.

Knitting classes at senior center

Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks will sponsor Quick Start Knit classes for those ages 55 and older from 10:30 a.m. to noon March 21 and 28 at Ellicott City Senior Center, 9401 Frederick Road.

Participants will have an opportunity to learn casting on, the knit stitch and binding off. The cost is $25 and includes needles and yarn to make a small practice project.

Information or registration: 410-313-7279.

Military

Graduates -- Airman Nicholas S. Ott, son of John and Bonnie Ott of Ellicott City, has graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio. He is a 2005 graduate of Centennial High School.

Around Town

English practice -- The Miller branch library, 9421 Frederick Road in 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.

Bridge -- Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks will offer "Short But Sweet Bridge Seminars" with Ruth-Anne Mazer, American Contract Bridge League certified director and gold life master. "Do You Double Enough?" -- a class on the double bid -- will be offered from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. tomorrow through March 20 at Ellicott City Senior Center. "Fearless No Trump," a class on no-trump contracts, will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Thursday through March 23 at the Kiwanis-Wallas Recreation Center. The cost is $13 per series. 410-313-7279.

Teen advisers, journalists -- The Miller branch library, 9421 Frederick Road, Ellicott City, will hold a meeting of its Teen Advisory Board from 3:30 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. Tuesday. Teens, ages 13 and older, are invited to meet with friends, have a snack and share ideas about library programs and new books. The library's Teen 'Zine Editorial committee is recruiting members. Future journalists, poets, cartoonists and publishers are invited to join the staff of the new quarterly print and online magazine. Members, ages 13 to 18, write and collect stories and handle editing, proofreading and artistic design. The group will meet from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. March 20 at the library. Registration is required. 410-313-1950.

SAT, PSAT prep -- Registration is being accepted for courses to be held in Ellicott City to help students prepare for the new SAT and PSAT examinations. The classes are open to all high school students, regardless of residence. The Ellicott City classes will be held from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday, and March 14, 21 and 28 at Centennial High School; 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday, and March 16, 23 and 30 at Howard High School; and 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. May 10, 17, 24 and 31 at Mount Hebron High School. Tuition is $175, including materials. A portion of tuition benefits each school. 410-442-1600.

Seniors' club -- The Ellicott City Seniors Book Club will meet to discuss Back When We Were Grownups, by Anne Tyler, at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Ellicott City Senior Center, 9401 Frederick Road. Copies of the books are available at the branch. Registration is not needed. 410-313-1950.

Driver's ed -- The Mount Hebron Viking Backers will offer driver education classes open to everyone. Sessions are scheduled from 2:30 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. weekdays, March 13-24, April 18 to May 1 and May 15-26. Driving time is scheduled after completion of the instruction period. The cost is $375, including classes and on-road training. Students must be at least 15 years old and have their learner's permits before taking the driving portion of the program. Instruction will be provided by Top Driver Inc. 800-374-8373. Applications are available in the school's front office.

Coffee, talk -- The Board of Education will hold a "Coffee and Conversation" session, when residents can chat informally with board members, from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. March 18 at Ilchester Elementary School, 4981 Ilchester Road, Ellicott City. The meetings are held around the county, but anyone interested is welcome to attend any of the meetings. 410-313- 6682.

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