Workshop to address teenage drinking

Western Howard

November 12, 2006

The River Hill High School PTSA and HC DrugFree, a Howard County nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering the community to help teens avoid alcohol and other drugs, will present a free program for parents and high school students: "The Big Lie: The Stakes Are High, But What Are We Doing About Teen Drinking?"

The interactive workshop will be held from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday at the school, 12101 Route 108, Clarksville.

The program will start with an overview of teen alcohol use, and a discussion, led by Sgt. Mark Heron of the Howard County police. He will talk about the legal consequences of underage drinking, teen use of false identification and parents providing alcohol to minors.

A shock trauma nurse from PADDD (Positive Alternatives to Dangerous and Destructive Decisions) will show a short movie on the consequences of drinking and driving.

An interactive parent-and-teen discussion will address questions such as Why do parents provide alcohol to minors? What can teens do to avoid the peer pressure to drink? How can you tell if someone is abusing alcohol? and What will stop teens from drinking? The discussion will be led by Lisa Morrell, a Health Department adolescent substance abuse counselor, and Laura Smit of HC DrugFree.

Admission is free and reservations are not required.

Information: 410-799-4879.

At-risk girls focus of talk Thursday

Soroptimist of Howard County, a local chapter of the international service organization for women, will sponsor a talk by Margaret B. Schultz, pupil personnel worker for home and hospital teaching for Howard County schools, at its monthly dinner meeting at 6:15 p.m. Thursday at Mangia Italian Grill in the Waverly Shopping Center, Woodstock.

The topic will be "Prevention/Intervention for At-risk Girls in the Howard County Public Schools."

Soroptimist focuses on improving the lives of women and girls in local communities around the world.

Information or for dinner reservations: Karen Trennepohl, 410-750-9413.

Democratic club to meet at library

The Western Howard County Democratic Club will sponsor a discussion by Derek Walker, executive director of the Maryland Democratic Party, and members of the Howard County Democratic Central Committee, on the election results and action plans.

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

Information: 301-854-6507.

Around Town

Roadwork -- The State Highway Administration is completing 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 finished this month.

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. 410-442-2020.`Noises Off' -- The River Hill High School drama department will present the Michael Frayn comedy Noises Off at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday; 2 p.m. Saturday; and 3 p.m. Nov. 19 in the school auditorium. Drama teacher Pam Land will direct, with help from student directors Sheyda Alemzadeh, Allison Baker and Amanda Ogorzalek. Joe Blasko will direct construction of a set designed by students Mike Leon and Lauryn Fantano; a crew of more than 25 students will build the set and props. Tickets are $8 in advance; $10 at the door. Tickets will be sold from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. weekdays in the school's media center. 410-313-7120, or e-mail pland@hcpss.org.`The Good Doctor' -- The Marriotts Ridge High School drama department will present Neil Simon's The Good Doctor at 7 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Tickets are $8. sally_livingston@hcpss.org.

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. 410-864-8080

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