Children can meet `Sherlock Holmes' at Elkridge library

July 16, 2006

The Elkridge library, 6540 Washington Blvd., will offer children ages 8 to 10 a chance to "Meet Sherlock Holmes," who will share his adventures and reveal secrets about his toughest cases, at 4 p.m. Aug. 5.

Members of the of the local Sherlock Holmes society, Watson's Tin Box, will impersonate Holmes.

"Kindergarten, Here We Come!" -- a program of stories and activities to help children entering kindergarten make the transition -- will be offered at 10 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. Aug. 8 and 7 p.m. Aug. 10. Registration is requested.

Information: 410-313-5085.

Ulman plans event to meet residents

Councilman Ken Ulman, a Democratic candidate for Howard County executive, will attend a "Meet and Greet" event from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. July 27 at the Elkridge library, 6540 Washington Blvd., Elkridge.

Members of the public will have the opportunity to ask questions in a small-group setting.

Information: Friends of Ken Ulman, 410-740-3151.

Around Town

School registration -- Hollifield Station Elementary School is accepting registration from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Wednesdays. Kindergartners must have been born between Oct. 1, 2000, and Sept. 1, 2001. Parents must be residents of Howard County and live in the Hollifield Station School district. A picture identification, current lease or deed, current utility bill, pupil's birth certificate and proof of immunization (unless a religious exemption is claimed) are required at registration. The custodial parent must register the child. 410-313-2550.

For teens -- The Miller branch library, 9421 Frederick Road, Ellicott City, will hold a meeting of its Teen 'Zine editorial committee 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 library's new teen magazine. Members write and collect stories, edit, proofread and design the online quarterly 'zine. Registration is required.

Heidi Strominger of the STTAR Center will discuss Internet safety with youngsters ages 11 to 14 and their parents from 6:45 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. Wednesday. Participants can learn how to surf and blog safely. Registration is required. 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, 6540 Washington Blvd. No experience is necessary, and players of all skill levels are welcome. Snacks will be provided. 410-313-5077.

Also at the library -- The Miller branch library, 9421 Frederick Road, Ellicott City, will sponsor a get-together for beginning and experienced needle-workers at 10 a.m. Thursday. Participants will have an opportunity to trade tips and get ahead on work. Take supplies and current projects. No registration.

Learning English -- The library offers an English Conversation Club, for people who speak English as a second or third language, from 7:45 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. Mondays. First-time participants must register in advance. 410-313- 1950.

For girls -- The Elkridge library is offering Girls Group, a chance for girls ages 12 to 15 to meet and talk about favorite books, movies and music, and try a craft. Speakers will talk about matters of interest to girls. The group meets from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. on alternate Fridays. Registration is requested. 410-313- 5088.

Youth dance -- The Elkridge Volunteer Fire Department's Junior Firefighters will sponsor a summer youth dance for ages 9 to 15 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday at the firehouse, 6275 Old Washington Road, Elkridge. Tickets, available only at the door, are $7. 410-761-6633, Ext. 5.

Legal services -- Attorney Valerie Rocco will be at Ellicott City Senior Center, 9401 Frederick Road, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. July 26 for the 60-Plus Wills and Legal Screening Program. Services to be offered include drawing up simple wills, powers of attorney, living wills, small estates and deed changes. The program is open to Howard County residents ages 60 and older. The cost is on a sliding scale. Appointments, which are required, should be scheduled as far in advance as possible. The program, sponsored by the Howard County Department of Citizen Services' Office on Aging, is available on the fourth Wednesday of each month. 410-313-1400.

Batson to speak -- Fantasy author Wayne Thomas Batson will speak from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. July 26 at the Miller branch library. Batson, who teaches at Folly Quarter Middle School, wrote The Rise of the Wyrm Lord, his second book in The Door Within trilogy. The program is suitable for those ages 11 to 17. In partnership with Border's Books & Music, copies of the books will be available for purchase and signing. Registration is required. 410-313-1950.

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