Drawing, painting classes for seniors to start Sept. 25

August 13, 2006

Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks will sponsor drawing and painting classes for seniors, ages 55 and older, from 10 a.m. to noon Sept. 25 through Nov. 27 and 1:15 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. Sept. 25 through Nov. 27.

Classes will be held at the Kiwanis-Wallas Recreation Center in Ellicott City. The cost is $44; materials, which must be purchased separately, will be discussed at the first class. Registration and payment are due as soon as possible.

Information: 410-313-7279.

Journalist to discuss kin's war experiences

The Miller branch library, 9421 Frederick Road, Ellicott City, will sponsor a talk by Susan V. Lawrence, granddaughter of Michael Lindsay, a teacher at Yenching University in China. Lindsay fled the city of Yenching during World War II, barely escaping the occupying Japanese forces, and worked as a technical adviser to the Chinese Communist army under Mao.

His granddaughter, a journalist who is writing a book about her grandfather, will recount some of his adventures at 7 p.m. Sept. 7.

Registration, which begins Aug. 24, is required.

Information: 410-313-1950.

Wire-jewelry class set for seniors

Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks will sponsor a class for beginners, ages 55 and older, in making wire jewelry from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 8 at Ellicott City Senior Center.

Participants will learn to make two pairs of earrings and can practice techniques for making unusual wire and beaded projects. The class requires nimble fingers.

The cost is $22, including the use of equipment. Take a lunch or snack.

Information or registration: 410-313-7279.

Around Town

Learning English -- The Miller branch 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.

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.

Children's programs -- This month's children's programs at the Miller branch library include "Kindergarten, Here We Come!" -- a program of stories and activities to help mark the transition for children ages 4 and 5, at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Wednesday and 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. Aug. 22. Registration is required. The library is at 9421 Frederick Road, Ellicott City. 410-313- 1955.

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.

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.

Legal services -- Howard County Department of Citizen Services' Office on Aging will offer its 60 Plus Wills and Legal Screening Program from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 23 at Ellicott City Senior Center, 9401 Frederick Road, Ellicott City. Attorney Thomas A. Burns will be available to draw up simple wills, powers of attorney, living wills, small estates and deed changes. The program is available to Howard County residents, ages 60 and older. The cost is on a sliding scale. Appointments, which are required, must be scheduled as far in advance as possible. 410-313- 1400.

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