Neighborhood Watch meeting in River Hill

September 10, 2006

Residents of River Hill are invited to attend an organizational meeting for a Neighborhood Watch crime prevention program at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Meeting Room, 6330 Trotter Road, adjacent to the outdoor pool.

Representatives from the Police Department will explain the program and how improved communication in the community can reduce crime and vandalism. Residents interested in being block captains and block watchers are needed.

Information: Susan Smith, 410-531-1749.

Program offers tips to get rid of clutter

Ellen Newman of ClutterRx will offer tips on getting organized in a program called "Simplify Your Life: Control the Clutter!" at 7 p.m. at the Glenwood library, 2350 Route 97, Cooksville.

Registration is required.

Information: 410-313-5577.

Marriotts Ridge High to hold 5K race

Marriotts Ridge High School's second Boosters' "Mustang Stampede," a 5K race and one-mile fun run, will be held at 9 a.m. Oct. 15, rain or shine. Packets for the fundraiser can be picked up from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 14 at the school, or from 7:30 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. on race day.

For a course map or registration information: www.marri Or call Craig Stout, 410-750-6326. Volunteers are needed.

Around Town

Dance -- Project C Dance Collective opened in Waverly Woods, Marriottsville, on Aug. 14. 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 tomorrow. Auditions for a preprofessional student company will be held Saturday. 410-442-4409.

Book discussion -- The Contemporary Fiction book club of the Glenwood library will discuss Gentlemen and Players, by Joanne Harris, at 7 p.m. tomorrow. Copies of the books are available at the branch, and registration is not needed. The library is at 2350 Route 97, Cooksville. 410-313-5577.

La Leche to meet -- 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. Wednesday 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. Jennifer Sugar, 410-864-8080.

Yard sale -- River Hill Community Association will sponsor a Neighborhood Yard Sale from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. Those who want to participate should contact the village office by tomorrow. Signs will be posted 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. Lystra Braddy Harper, 410-531-1749.

Pasture walk -- 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. Saturday. 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 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 this week; Tuesday evening classes, Sept. 19. Lynn Schenning, Or www.

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