Children welcome to hunt for the `Rockburn snipe'

October 08, 2006

Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks will present the Great Snipe Hunt! for children ages 4 to 7 and their parents from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Saturday at Rockburn Branch Park in Elkridge.

A campfire, crafts and s'mores are planned, followed by a hay ride and trek into the woods to search for the "Rockburn snipe." Children should bring a large brown paper bag and a flashlight to catch and release the imaginary creature.

The cost is $15 a family. Information or to register: 410-313-7275; text telephone, 410-313-4665. In case of inclement weather, 410-313-4452, after 5 p.m. on the day of the event.

A Haunted Halloween at Rockburn park is planned for children ages 7 and older from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Oct. 20 and 27 and from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Oct. 21 and 28. The event includes a hayride, an old house and goblins. The cost is $8 a person.

A not-so-scary Halloween event, for children ages 2 to 7, is planned from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 22 and 29. The cost is $3 a person.

Information: 410-313-4624. For accessible transportation: 410-313-4629, 72 hours in advance.

Painting workshop set for this month

The Ellicott City Senior Center will offer a three-session watercolor workshop for intermediate and advanced artists from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Oct. 16, 23 and 30.

Participants will plan a painting, learn watercolor techniques and styles, and frame their paintings.

The cost is $20 for the series. Registration, which can be done at the senior center, is required. Information or to discuss materials: Carol Zink, 410-465-7986.

Around Town

Road construction -- Because of construction on Toll House Road in Ellicott City, Howard Transit Yellow Route service between the Long Gate shopping center and the Howard County government complex will be diverted to U.S. 29. Intermediate stops on Main Street, Ellicott Mills Drive, Frederick Road, Toll House Road and Old Columbia Pike in Ellicott City will not be served. The diversion will be in effect until construction is completed. For updates: 800-270-9553 or

Learning English -- The Miller branch library offers an English Conversation Club for people who speak English as a second language from 7:45 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. Mondays. First-time participants must register in advance. 410-313-1950.

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 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.

Open house -- The Norbel School, 6135 Old Washington Road, Elkridge, will hold an open house at 2 p.m. Oct. 22. The school offers an individualized educational program for bright, capable, learning-disabled students. Applications are being accepted for the current school year. Frank Pugliese, director of admissions, 410-796-6700, or www.

Legal help -- An attorney will be at Ellicott City Senior Center, 9401 Frederick Road, Ellicott City, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on the fourth Wednesday of each month for the 60 Plus Wills and Legal Screening Program. Services offered include simple wills, powers of attorney, living wills, small estates and deed changes. The program is open to Howard County residents ages 60 and older. The cost of document preparation is on a sliding scale. The program, which is sponsored by the Howard County Department of Citizen Services' Office on Aging, requires an appointment and should be scheduled well in advance. Some November appointments are available. 410-313-1400.

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