Library branches to celebrate Asian culture

May 14, 2006

In celebration of Asian and Pacific American Heritage Month, the Miller branch library will present an Asian Expo from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

The program, which will also be offered at the east Columbia library from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. May 27, is co-sponsored by the Association of Chinese Americans - Howard County and the Korean American Community Association of Howard County.

The library's Teen 'Zine Editorial committee will meet from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. tomorrow at the library. Future journalists, poets, cartoonists and publishers, ages 13 to 18, are invited to join the staff of the new quarterly online magazine. Members write and collect stories, edit, proofread and design.

The group meets on the third Monday of each month.

The Miller branch is at 9421 Frederick Road, Ellicott City.

Information: 410-313-1950.

Attorney to offer services to seniors

As part of the 60 Plus Wills and Legal Screening Program, attorney Stephen R. Elville will be at Ellicott City Senior Center from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. May 24 to offer services to Howard County residents ages 60 and older.

Services will include simple wills, powers of attorney, living wills, small estates and deed changes. Appointments are required. The cost is on a sliding scale.

The program, which is sponsored by the Howard County Department of Citizen Services' Office on Aging, is available on the fourth Wednesday of each month.

Information: 410-313-1400.

Spaghetti dinner scheduled for May 21

The Ladies Auxiliary of the Elkridge Volunteer Fire Department will sponsor an all-you-can-eat spaghetti dinner and silent auction from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. May 21 at the fire hall, 6275 Old Washington Road, Elkridge.

On the menu are spaghetti, salad, bread, drinks and dessert. Beer and wine will be available to purchase. Door prizes will be awarded during the event.

The cost is $7; $6 for senior citizens. Children ages 5 to 12 pay $3; those younger than 5 eat for free.

Information or to donate an item or service for the silent auction: 410-761-6633, ext. 8.

Military

Completes training -- Marine Corps Reserve Pvt. Todd D. Cross Jr., son of Glenna E. Cross of Elkridge, has completed the Marine Corps Enlisted Warehouse Basic Course at Marine Corps Combat Service Support Schools Training Command, Camp Lejeune, N.C. He is a 2005 graduate of Long Reach High School.

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. 410-313-1950.

Chess club -- Elkridge Young Adult Chess Club, for those ages 11 to 17, will meet from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays at the Elkridge library, 6540 Washington Blvd. No experience is necessary. All levels of skill are welcome. Snacks will be provided. 410-313-5077.

Driver education -- 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, tomorrow through May 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 and have their learner's permits before taking the driving portion of the program. Instruction will be provided by Top Driver Inc. Applications are available in the school office.

For girls -- The Elkridge library is offering 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. Speakers will be invited to talk about things that matter to girls. The group is to meet from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. on alternate Fridays. The next meeting will be Friday. Registration is requested. 410-313-5088.

Youth dance -- The Elkridge Volunteer Fire Department's Junior firefighters will sponsor a Hawaiian Luau Youth Dance, for ages 9 to 15, from 7 p.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the firehouse, 6275 Old Washington Road, Elkridge. Tickets, available at the door, are $7. 410-761-6633, and press 5.

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