La Leche League chapter plans to meet

September 03, 2006

La Leche League of Western Howard County, a chapter of the nonprofit organization that offers information and peer support to breastfeeding mothers, will meet at 10 a.m. Sept. 13 at the Glenwood library, 2350 Route 97, Cooksville.

The topic will be "The Baby Arrives: The Family and the Breastfed Baby." On Oct. 11, "The Art of Breastfeeding and Avoiding Difficulties" will be discussed, with "Nutrition and Weaning" on Nov. 8.

The new chapter is seeking mothers who live in western Howard and are seeking or can offer guidance and support to other breastfeeding mothers. Pregnant mothers and babies are welcome.

Information: Jennifer Sugar, 410-864-8080.

Yard sale scheduled in River Hill

The River Hill Community Association will sponsor a Neighborhood Yard Sale from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 16. Those who want to participate should contact the village office by Sept. 11.

Signs will be posted the day before the sale, and balloons will be distributed for street signs. Participating streets will be listed in local newspapers.

A charity collection truck for items not sold will be at the River Hill Pool from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sept. 17. Metal desks and household items that require installation will not be accepted.

Information: Lystra Braddy Harper, 410-531-1749.

Book discussion at Glenwood library

The Contemporary Fiction book club of the Glenwood library will discuss Gentlemen and Players, by Joanne Harris, at 7 p.m. Sept. 11.

Copies of the books are available at the branch, and registration is not needed.

The library is at 2350 Route 97, Cooksville.

Information: 410-313-5577.

Around Town

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. Thursday and Sept. 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.

Dance -- Project C Dance Collective opened in Waverly Woods, Marriottsville, Aug. 14 and is holding an open house from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. through Friday. The studio, led by artistic director Jen Graham, offers beginning-, intermediate- and advanced-level dance, acting and fitness classes to children ages 3 and older and adults. Classes begin Sept. 11. Auditions for a pre-professional student company will be held Sept. 16. 410-442-4409.

Pasture walk -- The Maryland Cooperative Extension, in conjunction with Howard County 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 of the 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 mandatory. Carolyn Kulp, 410-313-2707.

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, Sept. 19. Lynn Schenning, lschenning@comcast.net. Or www. MarthaGagnon.com.

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