Child Advocacy Center to mark 15th year

Ellicott City/Elkridge

November 12, 2006

The Howard County Child Advocacy Center, 3421 Rogers Ave., Ellicott City, will celebrate its 15th anniversary at 2 p.m. tomorrow.

Speakers are to include Howard County Executive James N. Robey, State's Attorney Tim McCrone, who is chairman of the center's executive committee, and other officials.

The advocacy center, also known as the Listening Place, was created to address physical and sexual abuse of children. The celebration will include a tour and recognition of staff members.

The Listening Place is a collaborative effort of the Howard County Police Department, the state's attorney's office, Child Protective Services, the Health Department, the STTAR Center and the Domestic Violence Center.

Presentation set on U.S. 40 report

The Howard County Citizens Association invites residents to attend a presentation on the status of U.S. 40 Enhancement Committee report at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Miller branch library, 9421 Frederick Road, Ellicott City.

Community leaders, residents and owners of businesses on U.S. 40 met for 18 months to develop recommendations for future development.

Bill Mackey of the Howard County Department of Planning and Zoning, project director for the enhancement proposal, will discuss the report.

Information: Ray Cole, 443-283-3967, or www.howard

`Midnight Madness' Dec. 1 in Ellicott City

The Ellicott City Business Association will sponsor its 29th "Midnight Madness in Ellicott City" on Dec. 1, when shopping and dining will be available in the town's historic district until midnight.

Local shops and restaurants will offer holiday specials, refreshments and entertainment. Santa will arrive by firetruck at 7:30 p.m. Costumed madrigal singers will perform, and jazz and brass bands will play. A roaming bagpiper and magician will be on hand.

Festivities are also planned through the rest of the weekend, with music by string ensembles and a street magician.

Nightingales slated to perform Friday

The Nightingales, celebrating its 10th year, will perform from 8 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Friday at Emory United Methodist Church, 3799 Church Road, off Main Street in Ellicott City.

The church will be open from 7 p.m. to 10 p. m., and refreshments will be served.

The Nightingales, a female vocal group directed by Lois Hunter, is sponsored by Emory United Methodist Church.

Around Town

Road construction -- Because of construction on Toll House Road in Ellicott City, Howard Transit Yellow Route service between 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 complete. 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.

Legal services -- Attorney Paul Nathan will be at Ellicott City Senior Center, 9401 Frederick Road, Ellicott City, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday 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. Costs are 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. 410-313-1400.

Girls' club -- The Elkridge library, 6540 Washington Blvd., Elkridge, will hold a Girls' Club, for those ages 11 to 17, with crafts, snacks and fun with friends, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday. Registration is required.

Help with homework will be available for those ages 11 to 14 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the library. Snacks will be provided, and registration is requested.

Chess clubs are available for ages 11 to 17 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays. Players of all levels of skill are welcome but must know how to play. Registration is not necessary. 410-313-5077.`Miracle Worker' -- Mount Hebron High School will present The Miracle Worker, by William Gibson, the story of Helen Keller, who was deaf and blind, and her teacher, Anne Sullivan, at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. The audience will be seated on the stage surrounding the actors. Reservations recommended. Tickets are $9. 410-313-2880.

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