Community center grand opening Oct. 31

Western Howard

October 22, 2006

County Executive James N. Robey and officials of Howard County's Department of Citizen Services' Office on Aging and Department of Recreation and Parks will be on hand for the opening and ribbon-cutting for the Glenwood Community Center in western Howard County.

The event will be held at 10 a.m. Oct. 31 at 2400 Route 97.

The center, in the Western Regional Park, next to the Glenwood branch library, includes large activity rooms and classrooms for fine arts and crafts, continuing education, computer training, dance, exercise and meetings. A gymnasium features a three-lane track for jogging or walking, basketball and volleyball courts, fitness rooms, and lockers and showers.

Information: 410-313-6410 or 410-313-2022.

Democratic club to host politicians

The Western Howard County Democratic Club will sponsor a "Race to the Finish" meeting with Ken Ulman, candidate for county executive; Rep. Elijah E. Cummings; Don Dunn, a candidate for County Council from District 5; Dave Osmundson, candidate for state delegate from District 9A; and Rich Corkran, who is running for state Senate from District 9.

The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Glenwood branch library, 2350 Route 97, Cooksville.

Information: Clyde Robinette or Romayne Smith, 301-854-6507.

La Leche League meets monthly

La Leche League of Western Howard County, a local chapter of the international organization, will meet at 10 a.m. on the second Wednesday of each month at the Glenwood branch library.

The group offers information, guidance and support to breastfeeding mothers. Pregnant women and toddlers are welcome.

"Nutrition and Weaning" will be the topic on Nov. 8.

Information: 410-864-8080 or 410-905-5208.

Last family weekend to be held Nov. 4

Sharp's at Waterford Farm, 4003 Jennings Chapel Road, Brookeville, is offering its last few family weekends of the season through Nov. 4.

A 5-acre corn maze, sheep and goats, free hayrides, pumpkins, a nature trail, observation beehives and a farm museum are offered.

The farm's county store, with apples, apple cider and jams, jellies and local honey, will be open.

Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sundays.

Information: 410-489-2572 or visit

Around Town

Roadwork -- 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 turns at the intersection. Day and night single-lane closures along Route 108 and Trotter Road are expected from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. weekdays. The project is expected to be completed in late November, weather permitting.

Watercolor -- Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks will sponsor watercolor classes with Carol Zika for 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 continuing students and experienced painters are welcome. A supply list will be discussed at the first class. Early registration is requested. The cost is $33 for a six-week session.

An "Artful Journaling" program for senior citizens, also taught by Zika, will be offered from 9:30 a.m. to noon Wednesdays, beginning Nov. 8. Participants will create a journal using notations, artwork and memorabilia, collage, weaving, stitching and transparencies. The cost is $33 for the six-week class, with an additional fee for materials. 410-313-7279.

St. James -- St. James United Methodist Church, 12470 Old Frederick Road, West Friendship, offers Bible School for children and adult Christian study from 9 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. Sundays. The classes are followed by worship at 10:30 a.m. The Rev. Doug Hoffman conducts a continuing afternoon Christian study class at the church. Those who attend determine the topics and duration of the class. 410-442-2020.

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