Orchid program scheduled for Jan. 3 at Miller branch

Ellicott City/Elkridge

December 17, 2006

The Miller library branch, 9421 Frederick Road, Ellicott City, will offer a program on orchids, led by Marilyn Lauffer and Norma Lynch, at 7 p.m. Jan. 3. Registration begins Wednesday.

The library also will offer a program for needle crafters, "Pins and Needles," at 10 a.m. Jan. 4. Participants should bring stitching, knitting or crocheting projects and be prepared to meet new people and trade tips. Registration begins Thursday.

The library's Teen Advisory Board, for ages 13 and older, will meet at 3 p.m. Jan. 2. The group, which is open to new members, shares ideas about library programs and new books and socializes. Registration begins Tuesday.

Information: 410-313-1950.

Dog cookbook to be released today

Let Them Eat Cookies, a new cookbook for dogs and a fundraiser for Greyhound Rescue Inc., will be launched today, with a dog-cookie bake sale, at Yuppy Puppy Pet Boutique in Ellicott City.

Home-baked dog cookies will be available by the dozen, and the books will also be for sale.

The fundraiser will be held from noon to 5 p.m. at 8120 Main St. Information: 410-750- WOOF or www.greyrescue.org (click on "How to Help").

Art classes offered for county seniors

Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks will sponsor drawing and painting classes for ages 55 and older from 10 a.m. to noon and from 1:15 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. Mondays, Jan. 8 through March 5.

Participants will have a chance to try a variety of media and learn about the contributions and influence of artists in the past.

The cost is $44 for the morning or the afternoon class. Materials cost about $50. A supply list will be discussed at the first class.

Registration is requested as soon as possible.

Information: 410-313-7320 or 410-313-7279.

Around Town

Holiday food drive -- The Elkridge Volunteer Fire Department is sponsoring its 16th Christmas food drive for needy families in the Elkridge area. Donations of food and money are welcome. Checks should be made payable to the Christmas Food Drive care of the Elkridge Volunteer Fire Department. Donations will be accepted anytime at the fire station, 6275 Old Washington Road in Elkridge, or can be given to Santa and Mrs. Claus when they visit Elkridge neighborhoods today. Turkeys, hams, desserts, butter and margarine, juices, stuffing and other boxed, nonperishable items are needed for holiday food baskets. Joe Slavotinek, 410-984-1796. When neighbors hear "Jingle Bells" sounded on the air horn of the fire engine carrying Santa and Mrs. Claus, they should gather at the nearest street corner. Wrapped gifts for needy children will be accepted. The gifts should be labeled "boy" or "girl" and marked with the age of a child who might enjoy them. Every child who visits with Santa will be given a candy cane. Capt. Rob Lisle, 410-984-2101.

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

Winter concert -- The Mount Hebron High School bands will present a concert at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. The wind ensemble and jazz ensemble will be featured. the symphonic band, symphonic winds and Dixie jazz combo will perform Wednesday. Admission is free. Bob Johnston, 410-313-2880.

Elkridge library -- The Elkridge library, 6540 Washington Blvd., Elkridge, offers a parent-child book club for ages 11 to 17 with a parent from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month. Registration is not required.

Help with homework will be available for ages 11 to 14 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 skill levels are welcome but must know how to play. Registration is not necessary. 410-313-5077.

Train garden -- The ninth annual firefighters holiday train garden and open house is open at the Ellicott City Fire Station, 4150 Montgomery Road, Ellicott City. Hours are 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday; and 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, through Jan. 2. The train garden will be open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Christmas Eve but closed on Christmas Day. It will be open from 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. New Year's Eve and New Year's Day. Admission is free, but donations will be accepted. The department also is collecting new, unwrapped toys for needy children through Saturday. Toys can be dropped off at the train garden or at any Howard County fire station. 410-313-2036.

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