Exposing kids to natural world to be topic

Western Howard

January 21, 2007

The Howard County Conservancy at Mount Pleasant Farm in Woodstock will present a talk by author Richard Louv on "The Importance of Exposing Children to the Natural World."

The talk will be presented at 7 p.m. Feb. 7 at Centennial High School in Ellicott City. Tickets are $10. A children's activity will be offered during the program. The cost is $5 a child.

Louv, author of Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children From Nature-Deficit Disorder, will explain how the healthy development of children today is hampered by their limited exposure to nature. He will discuss ways to encourage play in the natural world.

Information or to reserve a place: 410-465-8877, or www. hcconservancy.org.

Bracelet-making basics to be taught

Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks will sponsor a "Tear Drop Bracelet" class for those ages 55 and older from 9:30 a.m. to noon Feb. 1 at Glenwood Community Center.

Participants will learn the basics of bracelet-making and a simple weaving pattern. The bracelet, which is easy to make, uses more than 150 small teardrop beads. Take reading glasses.

The cost is $20.

A mosaics and etched-glass class for seniors will be offered from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Feb. 8 at the Glenwood center.

Participants will learn how to work with glass and tile to create a mosaic frame around a mirror. The glass will be precut; participants need only to glue the pieces to the frame and add grout. Etching cream will be used to make a design on a mirror for the center of the frame.

The cost is $20. Take a lunch.

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

Around Town

Roadwork -- State Highway Administration has completed 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 had created a blind spot for motorists making turns at the intersection.

Lunar New Year -- Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks will hold a Lunar New Year Celebration, a multigenerational event, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. tomorrow at Glenwood Community Center, 2400 Route 97, Cooksville. Storyteller Linda Fang and others will perform. Activities are to include arts and crafts and a taste of Asian cuisine. Admission is $10; $25 for a family of fewer than six people. 410-313-7275.

La Leche to meet -- La Leche League of Western Howard County, a chapter of the international organization, meets from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. the fourth Wednesday of each month at Linden-Linthicum United Methodist Church, 12101 Linden-Linthicum Lane, Clarksville. The group offers information, guidance and support to breast-feeding mothers. Toddlers and pregnant women are welcome. 410-864-8080 or 410-905-5208.

Fruit sale -- The Glenelg High School Marching Unit is holding its citrus fruit sale fundraiser. Order forms are available at www. glenelgbands.com; click on the "Fruit Sale Web site" link. Or call Danita Kinnison, 410-489-5260. Order forms are also available at the school. Pickup for January sales is Saturday in the school cafeteria.

At the library -- New at the Glenwood branch is Teen 'Zine, an online newsletter written by teens for teens. The group will meet from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on the first Thursday of each month. Registration is not required, and all are welcome.

Chocolate desserts -- Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks will sponsor a "Decadent Chocolate" class for those ages 55 and older to make something for a special Valentine, from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Feb. 8 at Glenwood Community Center. Participants will learn to make truffles, French silk pie and other desserts. The cost is $15. 410-313- 7320 or 410-313-7279.

Principal conversations -- Carl Perkins, principal of Folly Quarter Middle School, will continue his "Coffee and Conversation" series from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Feb. 22, March 22 and May 22. 410-313- 1506.

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