Pasture walk for horse owners is Sept. 16

August 27, 2006

The Maryland Cooperative Extension, in conjunction with Howard and Carroll County soil conservation districts, the Natural Resource Conservation Service and Mid-Atlantic Farm Credit, will hold a pasture walk and pasture planning workshop for horse owners from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 16. The event will be held at the Central Maryland Research and Education Center on Folly Quarter Road.

On the morning pasture walk, participants will see the proposed location for a rotational grazing demonstration on 5 acres of the new University of Maryland Equine Studies Unit and discuss techniques for renovating or reclaiming pastures, pasture grass identification, noxious weed control and composting horse manure.

In the afternoon, those who attend can use information from the site to practice designing a pasture system for a small acreage.

The cost is $10, including lunch. Registration, which is limited to 40 participants, is required.

Information: Carolyn Kulp, 410-313-2707. Special accommodations should be requested two weeks in advance.

Dance collective plans open house

Project C Dance Collective, which opened in Waverly Woods in Marriottsville on Aug. 14, is holding an open house from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. tomorrow 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 dance, acting and fitness classes to children ages 3 and older and adults. Classes include ballet, jazz, tap, contemporary dance, hip-hop and theater; fitness classes include Pilates, "Dance-It-Off" and "Adult Funk."

Classes begin Sept. 11. Auditions for a student company will be held Sept. 16.

Information: 410-442-4409.

Around Town

Charity walk, run -- The third Knights of Columbus 10K Run, 1-Mile Fun Walk and Kids Fun Run will be held at 8 a.m. Saturday 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 Friday, $25 on race day. Families of four or fewer pay $35 through Friday, $40 on race day. Doug Angradi, 410-531-7594, or

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. Martha Moore, 410-465-8877.

PSAT, SAT -- The Marriotts Ridge High School PTSA will sponsor two preparation courses for the fall PSAT and SAT tests, taught by Martha Gagnon. Saturday classes are to begin Sept. 16; Tuesday evening classes being Sept. 19. Lynn Schenning,; or

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