Historic Ellicott City Inc. opens doors of Decorator Show House

August 20, 2006

Ellicott City Inc. will present its 22nd Decorator Show House, "The Lawn" at Lawyers Hill, in Elkridge. The 19th-century home, once a summer country retreat, was the first house built in the historic district of Lawyers Hill.

The Decorator Show House will display the work of more than 25 designers and landscapers, and will be filled with furniture and accessories available to purchase. The Decorator Show House also features a boutique, garden shop, antiques and catering by Tersiguel's French Country Restaurant in Ellicott City.

A preview party will be held Sept. 14. Tickets, which must be purchased in advance, are $75. The house will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursdays, and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays, Sept. 16 to Oct. 15. The last admission is one hour before closing. Tickets are $12 in advance; $15 at the door.

There is no on-site parking; a shuttle service will be provided from Rockburn Park on Montgomery Road.

Information: 410-461-6908 or visit www.historicec.com.

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 live in the Hollifield Station school district. A photo 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 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. Tuesday. 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 make crafts. 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. Wednesday 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.

SAT, PSAT -- The Mount Hebron Viking Backers will sponsor preparatory courses for the October PSAT and SAT tests, taught by Marian McCain, a former mathematics teacher at Centennial High School. Classes, which will be held Wednesdays in Room 121 at Mount Hebron High School, are scheduled from Aug. 30 through Oct. 11, with additional classes Oct. 2, 9 and 16. Sessions are offered from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. and from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. The cost is $395. 410-461-9057.

Granddaughter to speak -- 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 Yenching during World War II, barely escaping the occupying Japanese forces, and worked as a technical adviser to the Chinese Communist army under Mao Tse-tung. 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 Thursday, is required. 410-313-1950.

Wire-jewelry -- Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks will sponsor a class in wire jewelry-making for beginners, ages 55 and older, 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 practice techniques for making unusual wire and beaded projects. The cost is $22, including the use of equipment. Take a lunch or snack. 410-313-7279.

Drawing, painting -- 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 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. 410-313- 7279.

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