Vehicle-identification etching is planned in Oakland Mills

May 21, 2006

The Oakland Mills Community Policing Office, 5820 Stevens Forest Road, will offer free vehicle-identification etching from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. June 14.

A vehicle-identification number will be engraved on all of the major pieces of glass on each car as a deterrent to theft. A limited number of anti-theft devices will be distributed. Participants can also register in the "Watch Your Car Program," a national vehicle theft-prevention program.

The event is sponsored by the Maryland/DC Anti-Car Theft Committee and the Howard County Police Department.

Information: 410-313-3337.

Around Town

Arthritis walk -- Arthritis Foundation is holding its Howard County Arthritis Walk today at Lake Elkhorn. The noncompetitive event offers a variety of distance options to accommodate people at all levels of fitness. Participants can walk in honor of a family member or friend with arthritis. Men, women and children affected by arthritis will lead the way. During the walk, participants will have a chance to write a message on an inspirational Wall of Heroes. Walkers are encouraged to join individually or as a team by recruiting five or more friends. Leashed pets are welcome. The event is free, but walkers are encouraged to find sponsors. Registration is to begin at noon; the walk is to start at 1 p.m. Registration: 877-232-2898 or 410-654-6570, Ext. 230. Or online at www.arthritis.org.

Book clubs -- The east Columbia library will sponsor a meeting of its Morning Books with Coffee book club at 10:30 a.m. tomorrow. The group will discuss The Good Wife by Stewart O'Nan. Copies of the books are available at the branch, 6600 Cradlerock Way. Registration is not needed. 410-313-7700.

Bridge -- A drop-in program on playing bridge is being offered from noon to 3 p.m. Tuesdays at the 50+ Center at the east Columbia library. A 30-minute lecture is included. Players of all levels are welcome to refresh skills, learn new bridge conventions and meet friends. Mentoring is available. The cost is $6. 410-290-5430.

Scout sale -- Boy Scout Troop 601 is sponsoring a yard sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Columbia Academy, 9210 Route 108. The rain date is May 28. Spaces are available to rent; the cost is $15 a space. 410-215-2265, or e-mail bsatroop 601@comcast.net.

Relay for Life -- A fundraiser for the American Cancer Society, the Relay for Life, will be held June 2 and 3 at Hammond High School. Teams are being formed for the community overnight event. Team captains can register members at www.acsevents.org/ relay/howard, and volunteers can register for a team. 410-997-8700.

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