Entrants sought for `Idol' singing contest

June 04, 2006

The Miller library branch, 9421 Frederick Road, Ellicott City, will hold auditions for the Ellicott City Idol contest. The grand prize winner will receive $60 and an invitation to sing the national anthem at a Bowie Baysox game. Runners-up (one middle-schooler and one high-schooler) will receive $45 each.

Disc jockey Jojo Girard will be emcee and judge.

Auditions for middle school pupils will be from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. June 27; for high school students, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. June 28. Finals will be held 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. June 29.

Registration begins June 13. Information or to register: 410-313-1950.

Junior firefighters plan youth dance

The Elkridge Volunteer Fire Department's Junior Firefighters will sponsor an End Of School Youth Dance for ages 9 to 15 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday at the firehouse, 6275 Old Washington Road.

Tickets ($7) are available only at the door.

Information: 410-761-6633, ext. 5.

Around Town

Yard sale -- Emory United Methodist Church, 3799 Church Road, Ellicott City, is to conclude its Historic National Road Yard Sale from noon to 3 p.m. today at the church. The yard sale is being held by families and business along the Historic National Road to celebrate the road and encourage people to explore and enjoy it. The road, which was authorized by President Thomas Jefferson in 1806, served as a gateway to the West in the early 19th century. It extends from Baltimore's Inner Harbor through Illinois. 410-465-2894.

Elderhostel -- Elderhostel representatives Ralph and Virginia Adams will talk about "Adventures Afloat" and other life-enriching programs in the United States and abroad at 2 p.m. tomorrow at the Miller library branch, 9421 Frederick Road, Ellicott City. 410-313-1950.

English practice -- The Miller library branch is offering an English Conversation Club for people who speak 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.

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

For girls -- The Elkridge library branch 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 meets from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. on alternate Fridays. Registration is requested. 410-313-5088.

For teens -- The Miller library branch, 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. Those who attend can meet with friends, enjoy a snack and share ideas about library programs and new books. The program is held the first Tuesday of each month. Registration is required.

The Teen 'Zine Editorial Committee will meet from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. June 19, and on the third Monday of each month, at the library. Future journalists, poets, cartoonists and publishers, ages 13 to 18, are welcome to join the staff of the library's new teen magazine. Members write and collect stories, edit, proofread and design for the quarterly online publication. Registration is to begin tomorrow.

"Cram Jam" sessions for high school students will be held at the library from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. June 12. Participants will have access to Live Homework Help, a library tutorial program with live online tutors, from 2 p.m. to 1 a.m. seven days a week. Refreshments will be available.

A Clue board game tournament for ages 11-13 is planned from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday. Tournament winners will receive Target gift cards.

"Sign Up and Dye," a tie-dye event for ages 11 to 17, will be held from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Bring a white cotton item. The first 10 teens get a free white T-shift to dye. Registration is required. 410-313- 1950.

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