Bird Club planning a field trip Saturday

Western Howard

October 29, 2006

The Howard County Bird Club will sponsor a field trip to Alpha Ridge Park and Landfill in Marriottsville to look for sparrows and early winter arrivals at 8 a.m. Saturday. Rare birds can sometimes be seen at the landfill.

The trip involves moderate to difficult walking through the fields; boots are recommended.

The group will meet at Alpha Ridge Park, on the south side of Route 99, about a mile west of Marriottsville Road. Beginners are welcome, and there is no cost.

Information: 410-461-3361 or

Marriotts Ridge teams take part in benefit

The Marriotts Ridge High School girls varsity and junior varsity soccer and field hockey programs participated in Baltimore's Race for the Cure, raising $1,965 for the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.

The school's volleyball teams contributed $515, raised at two bakes sales and in a "Cutie Pie" contest held at a recent football game.

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.

Ribbon-cutting -- 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. Tuesday at 2400 Route 97. The center, in Western Regional Park, next to the Glenwood 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. 410-313-6410 or 410-313-2022.

Last family weekend -- Sharp's at Waterford Farm, 4003 Jennings Chapel Road, Brookeville, is offering its last family weekend of the season through Saturday. 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. 410-489-2572, or

La Leche -- 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 library. The group offers information, guidance and support to breastfeeding mothers. Pregnant women and toddlers are welcome. "Nutrition and Weaning" will be the topic Nov. 8. 410-864-8080 or 410-905-5208.

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.

Bible school -- 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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