Conservancy's Fall Festival to start at 1 p.m. Saturday

September 24, 2006

The Howard County Conservancy will hold its Fall Festival from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Groundbreaking for the historic Montjoy Barn, with County Executive James N. Robey, local dignitaries and members of the Dawson Lee family - former owners of Montjoy - will kick off the festival.

The conservancy had the barn disassembled in 2003 and began repairs on the building, which dates from the late 18th century and is the only one of its kind in Maryland. After being reassembled, the barn will be used as part of the conservancy's education programs.

Hikes for children and adults, an art show and sale, children's crafts, a talk by local historian Joetta Cramm, a master gardener's plant sale, bluegrass music and other treats are planned.

Information: 410-465-8877.

SHA resurfacing part of Route 108

The State Highway Administration is doing a $530,000 resurfacing and safety project along Route 108 (Clarksville Pike), from the west to the east sides of Trotter Road.

The project will improve safety at Trotter Road and Meadow Vista Way by slightly lowering the slope of the road, which now creates a blind spot for motorists making left or right turns at the intersection.

The project also includes grinding, patching and resurfacing along Route 108 to provide a smoother ride, and replacement of the existing curb and gutter to improve drainage. The project is expected to be completed in late November, weather permitting.

About 20,000 vehicles travel along Route 108 daily, according to the Highway Administration.

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. 410- 442-4409.

Pilates -- The Glenwood library, 2350 Route 97, Cooksville, will offer a miniworkout session with Susan Kain of Triumph Health and Fitness Center, "Introduction to Pilates," at 7 p.m. tomorrow. Participants should wear comfortable clothes and take a mat or towel. Registration is required. 410-313- 5577.

Baseball tryouts -- Western Howard County Travel Baseball will hold spring tryouts for ages 8-and- younger through 13-and-younger travel teams Oct. 8 at Western Regional Park. The tryouts will be run by professional scouts or instructors, who will evaluate fielding, running, hitting, throwing and pitching skills and document the results on a scouting report, which can be purchased. To schedule an individual evaluation: whctravelbb@yahoo. com. For a schedule of tryouts: asp?url=whcsports.

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. Oct. 11 at the Glenwood library, 2350 Route 97, Cooksville. The topic will be "The Art of Breastfeeding and Avoiding Difficulties." Nutrition and weaning will be discussed 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.

5K race -- Marriott's 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: Craig Stout, 410-750-6326. Volunteers are needed.

Watercolor -- Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks will sponsor watercolor classes with Carol Zika, for those ages 55 and older, from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Wednesdays, starting Nov. 8, at Glenwood Community Center. The class is designed for beginners, but others are welcome. Registration is due as soon as possible. The cost is $33 for a six-week session.

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