MOMS Club to meet at church hall in Elkridge

Ellicott City/Elkridge

December 24, 2006

The MOMS Club of Elkridge, a support group for stay-at-home mothers, will meet at 9:45 a.m. Jan. 17 at the Elkridge Baptist Church Hall, 5929 Setter Drive, Elkridge.

Members meet at parks, movies, museums and participate in other activities together, and children are always welcome. The group offers conversation, support, friendship and community for adults and children.

Information: 410-799-5905, or www.momsclubofelkridge.org.

Programs for kids at Miller branch

January children's programs at the Miller branch library include "3, 2, FUN!" -- stories, activities, fingerplays and songs for children ages 2 and 3 with an adult, offered at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. Jan. 11 and 25, and Feb. 8 and 22. Registration is not required.

"Storybook Friends," a story and craft for children ages 2 to 5 with an adult, will be offered at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. Jan. 16 and Feb. 15, and 6:45 p.m. Jan. 17 and Feb. 13. Registration is to begin Jan. 9.

Information: 410-313-1955.

Military

Graduates -- John G. Ryan, son of Kevin J. and Angelia L. Ryan of Ellicott City, has graduated from the Army ROTC Leader Development and Assessment Course, known as "Operation Warrior Forge," at Fort Lewis, Tacoma, Wash. He is a 2003 graduate of Mount Saint Joseph High School in Baltimore and is a student at the Citadel Military College of South Carolina.

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. Turkeys, hams, desserts, butter and margarine, juices, stuffing and other boxed, nonperishable items are needed for holiday food baskets. Joe Slavotinek, 410-984-1796.

Train garden -- The ninth 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. today but closed tomorrow, 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. 410-313- 2036.

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 and would like to practice conversation in a group setting. First-time participants must register in advance. 410-313-1950.

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.

Games Night for Teens, ages 11 to 17, at the library is scheduled from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Jan. 2 and on the first Tuesday of each month. 410-313-5077.

Orchids -- 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.

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.

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