`Victorian Dreams' program offered for young girls

Ellicott City/Elkridge

January 28, 2007

The Patapsco Female Institute Historic Park will offer "Victorian Dreams," a program in which girls in fourth, fifth and sixth grades can dress in pinafores, make a craft and play games from the 1850s. Participants will have a chance to experience a typical day for a young girl attending Patapsco Female Institute, the once renowned girls school in Ellicott Mills - now Ellicott City.

The program will be offered from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. today and Saturday. The cost is $10. Reservations are required.

A Victorian Mother-Daughter high tea in the parlors of Mount Ida, the park's visitor center, is planned at 2 p.m. Feb. 25. Hostesses in period dress will serve teas, sweets and savories. The halls and parlors display furnishings, art and garments appropriate to the girls' school.

The cost is $18. Daughters should be in fourth grade or older.

Information or to reserve a place: 410-465-8500.

Basket bingo set for March 16

Hollifield Station Elementary School will hold its fourth basket bingo at 7 p.m. March 16 at the school, 8701 Stonehouse Drive, Ellicott City. Longaberger baskets will be filled with gourmet and specialty items.

Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets are $15 in advance; $20 at the door.

Information or to purchase tickets: 410-313-2550.

Around Town

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 Games Night for Teens, ages 11 to 17, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on the first Tuesday of each month. A parent-child book club for ages 11 to 17 with a parent will be offered from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month. Registration is not required.

Chess is 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.

Help with homework will be available for ages 11 to 14 at the library. Snacks will be provided, and registration is requested. 410-313- 5077.

Mah-jongg -- Drop-in mah-jongg games are held from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Wednesdays at Kiwanis-Wallas Recreation Center. Admission is free. A new duplicate bridge drop-in group meets from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Fridays at the center. Coffee, tea and treats will be available. Admission is free. 410-313-7279.

Sweetheart dance -- Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks will sponsor a father-daughter Sweetheart Dance on Saturday at the Kiwanis-Wallas Recreation Center, 10481 Frederick Road, Ellicott City. Dancing, refreshments, a souvenir photo and other treats are planned. Daughters ages 4 to 6 will dance with their dads from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.; those ages 7 to 11 will dance from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. The rain date is Feb. 10. The cost is $35 a couple; $10 for each additional daughter. 410-313- 7275; text telephone, 410-313- 4665. In case of inclement weather: 410-313-4452 after noon on the day of the event.

Knitting for charity -- A community-service knitting and crocheting group meets to knit and crochet afghans, blankets, baby clothes and other items for charities, hospitals and senior centers. The group meets from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month at Kiwanis-Wallas Recreation Center. 410-313-7279,

Study skills -- Registration is open for the next Stressless Tests middle school study-skills classes, to be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Feb. 6, 13, 20 and 27, at Burleigh Manor Middle School. The high school study-skills classes will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Feb. 7, 14, 21 and 28 at Centennial High School. The cost is $165, and includes the Study for Success digital video disc by Betty Caldwell. Classes are limited to 15 students. 410-740-4659, or www. stresslesstests.org.

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