Knights of Columbus run, walk set Sept. 2 near Glenelg

Western Howard

August 20, 2006

The third Knights of Columbus 10K Run, 1-Mile Fun Walk and Kids' Fun Run will be held at 8 a.m. Sept. 2 at the Shrine of St. Anthony, 12290 Folly Quarter Road, near Glenelg.

The event will help support charities, including the Arc of Howard County and FISH of Howard County, which offers food and financial aid for utility bills, rent and prescription drugs for the needy.

Awards, prize drawings and refreshments are planned.

Entry fees are $20 through Sept. 1; $25 on race day. Families of as many as four people pay $35 through Sept. 1; $40 on race day.

Information or registration: Doug Angradi, 410-531-7594, or

Dance studio holding open house this week

Project C Dance Collective opened in Marriottsville last week and is holding an open house tomorrow through Friday from noon to 6 p.m. and from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Aug. 28 through Sept. 8.

The studio, led by artistic director Jen Graham, a graduate of the dance department of the University of Maryland, offers beginning, intermediate and advanced-level acting and fitness classes to children ages 3 and older and adults. Classes include ballet, pointe, jazz, tap, contemporary dance, hip-hop and theater.

Fitness classes include Pilates, "Dance-It-Off" and "Adult Funk."

The open house will provide an opportunity for prospective students to see the studios, meet the staff and learn about the collective's teaching style. Students can also register for classes, which begin Sept. 11.

Auditions for a competitive student company will be held Sept. 16.

Information: 410-442-4409.


Completes training -- Adam Mikulis, 18, has completed basic cadet training at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo. The 2006 graduate of River Hill High School was sworn in June 30. He is studying electrical engineering and plans to become a fighter pilot. His parents, Diane and Dwight Mikulis, live in Glenelg with his two younger brothers, David and Patrick.

Around Town

Horse-care clinic -- Days End Farm Horse Rescue, 15856 Frederick Road, Lisbon, is offering the second day of its weekend horse-care clinic for longtime and new horse owners. The "If Only Love Was Enough" clinic is taught by professional equine instructors. Hours are from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. today. The cost is $40. Participants will be awarded a certificate of completion. Days End has rescued and rehabilitated neglected and abused horses and provided educational services since 1989. 301-854- 5037 or 410-442-1564. Or www.

Get fit -- Clinton James, a certified personal trainer, is offering two four-week sessions of summer youth fitness training for ages 10 to 13. The classes are held from 11 a.m. to noon Mondays and Thursdays at Triumph Fitness Center, off Carrs Mill Road. The cost is $48 for four weeks of classes for members' children and $64 for children of nonmembers. 443-745-1168.

Reading together -- The Howard County Library has joined Jumpstart, a national nonprofit organization, in "Read for the Record," a celebratory event to engage adults and young children in a shared reading experience. The book recommended for the day is The Little Engine That Could by Watty Piper. Jumpstart mentors preschool children in one-to-one relationships to help build language, literacy and social skills. Children's librarians at the Glenwood and east Columbia branches will offer story times featuring the book, followed by a make-your-own-train activity. Refreshments will be served, and all ages are welcome. Copies of the books will also be available at all branches for reading and to check out. The event will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the Glenwood branch, 2350 Route 97, Cooksville. Registration is required. 410-313-5577.

Freshman orientation -- Marriotts Ridge High School will hold freshman orientation from 12:30 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. Thursday in the school auditorium. A Mustang spirit wear sale is to begin at noon.

Volunteer naturalists -- Howard County Conservancy is seeking volunteer naturalists to teach at the conservancy's school programs at Mount Pleasant, 10520 Old Frederick Road, in Woodstock. The naturalists will help conservancy staff members lead hikes on the 232-acre nature reserve. Training is scheduled from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sept. 7, 14, 21 and 28. Participants will receive a manual and learn about the ecology, history, wildlife and plants of Mount Pleasant. The cost for materials is $10. The conservancy is the county's largest land trust and only nature center. Martha Moore, 410-465-8877.

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