Free vehicle ID etching set April 22 at Amherst House

March 26, 2006

Free vehicle identification etching will be offered from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 22 at Amherst House in Kings Contrivance village.

The Howard County Police Department will engrave a unique Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) on all the major pieces of glass in each vehicle.

Those who attend can also register in the Watch Your Car Program, a national vehicle theft prevention program. Information: Janet Stabile, 410-313-3337.

`Kids' Clothes Swap' to be held April 22

The Long Reach Community Association will sponsor a "Kids' Clothes Swap" from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 22 on the village center parking lot.

The outdoor sale includes gently used children's clothes, toys, books and furniture. Those interested in selling should register at Stonehouse, 8775 Cloudleap Court. The cost is $15 a space.

Admission for buyers is free.

Information: 410-730-8113.

Around Town

Relay for Life -- Howard County's Relay for Life, a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society, will be held June 2 and 3 at Hammond High School. Teams are being formed for the community overnight event during which participants camp out while team members walk on a track through the night. Team captains can register members at www.acsevents.org/relay/howard, and volunteers can register for a team. Bank Nights, when team captains can turn in funds raised, will be held at 5:30 p.m. April 5 and 18 and May 3, 18 and 30 at the Bain Center. Debra Wilkenloh, 410-997-8700.

At Amherst house -- Sandra Duerr is teaching a ballet class for young children ages 3 to 5 from 12:15 p.m. to 12:45 p.m. Mondays at Amherst House, 7251 Eden Brook Drive. There is a fee. Wee Friends, parent-and-child classes for ages 18 months to 4 years led by Judy Milke, are offered Monday, Wednesday or Friday mornings, depending on the age of the child. A session is to begin April 24; registration is scheduled to start tomorrow. Abrakadoodle Art Education for children in grades one through six is offered Wednesday afternoons. An eight-week session is to begin this week. The cost is $100 for Columbia Association lien-payers; $112 for others. Leigh Roberts will begin an eight-week session of beginner Pilates from 7:15 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. Mondays, starting April 3. The cost is $96 for lien-payers; $104 for others. 410-381-9600.

Lively arts -- Lively Arts for Little Ones! will present a performance by Milkshake for children ages 2 to 5 and their chaperones at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. April 7 at The Other Barn in Oakland Mills Village Center. The Interactive music-making show costs $4.50 for children ages 2 and older and adults. The Other Barn is at 5851 Robert Oliver Place. 410-730-4610.

Earth Day -- Kings Contrivance Community Association will sponsor an Earth Day Open Space Clean-Up from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 8. Free T-shirts and prizes will be offered. Participants can sign in at Amherst House at 10 a.m. and work at organized cleanup sites or choose their own. Tools, bags, safety vests, rubber gloves and bottled water will be provided, and community service certificates will be available for students who need them. Wear long-sleeved clothing and comfortable shoes. A rally will begin at 12:30 p.m. at Macgill's Common pool parking lot, 10025 Shaker Drive, and prizes and T-shirts will be distributed. The rain date is April 22. To participate on another date: Rachel Ticar, 410-997-9285.

Help a neighbor -- The Oakland Mills PTSA is planning a dinner and silent and live auction to help raise money for medical expenses for David Hillen, parent of a student at the school. Hillen needs a liver transplant and has been unable to work because of the disease; the cost of a transplant is about $350,000. The event will be held at 5:30 p.m. April 27 at Oakland Mills High School. Dinner, which costs $5, will be provided by Outback Steakhouse. Donations are needed for the auctions. Gift certificates or products from businesses, as well as cash, are welcome. Carole Knister, 410-884-6053. Donations can be made payable to the National Transplant Assistance Fund, earmarked for David Hillen and sent to 150 N. Radnor Chester Road, Radnor, Pa. 19087. 800-642-8399, or www.transplantfund.org.

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