River Hill residents sought for Neighborhood Watch

Western Howard

February 04, 2007

River Hill residents interested in participating in Neighborhood Watch are invited to attend a training session for block captains at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 12 at Claret Hall, 6020 Daybreak Circle, Clarksville.

Howard County Police Officer Chris Krieger, community resource officer for the Police Department's Southern District, will explain the program and discuss how improved communication in a community can help to reduce crime.

The program is designed for anyone interested in starting or helping to lead a neighborhood crime-prevention program. A "block" can be a single street or a group of related streets.

Information: Susan Smith, 410-531-1749.

Around Town

Brick garden -- The Folly Quarter Middle School PTA has announced the Falcon Legacy Brick Garden, a garden of bricks engraved with student or family names, congratulatory announcements, thanks to teachers and other messages, to be installed in front of the school. A statue of a falcon, the school's mascot, will be installed in the garden. Bricks are for sale and cost $35 for one or $100 for three. Order forms, which can be downloaded from www.folly quarterpta.org, can be returned to the school or sent to FQMS PTA, P.O. Box 159, Glenelg 21737. Checks should be made payable to FQMS PTA. The deadline for orders is Feb. 15. 301-854-3276.

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.

Book clubs -- The Western Howard County Seniors Book Club, known for its lively discussions of contemporary fiction, will discuss The Glass Castle, by Jeannette Walls, at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Glenwood library, 2350 Route 97, Cooksville. The group of retired women welcomes new members.

The Contemporary Fiction book club will discuss The Poisonwood Bible, by Barbara Kingsolver, at 7 p.m. tomorrow. Registration is not needed, and copies of the books are available at the branch. 410-313-5577.

Natural world -- 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" at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Centennial High School in Ellicott City. Tickets are $10. Louv, author of Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder, will explain how the healthy development of children is hampered by their limited exposure to nature. Reservations: 410-465-8877, or www.hcconservancy.org.

Chocolate desserts -- Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks will sponsor a Decadent Chocolate class for those ages 55 and older to make Valentine treats, from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. 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.

Crafts -- Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks will sponsor a mosaics and etched-glass class for seniors from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Thursday at Glenwood Community Center. Participants will learn how to work with glass and tile to create a mosaic frame around a mirror. The cost is $20. Take a lunch. Registration is required. 410-313-7320 or 410-313-7279.

Modern art, artists -- Artist Shyami Codippily Murphy, author of the illustrated book, Farms Never To Be Forgotten, will offer a class on modern art and artists, "Behind the Blank Canvas," from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Saturdays, this week, and Feb. 17 and 24, at Claret Hall, 6020 Daybreak Circle. The lecture and workshop classes are recommended for those ages 16 and older. The cost is $140 for Columbia lien payers; $145 for non-lien payers. Participants will create works of art to take home. 410-489-2875.

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. on Feb. 22. 410-313-1506.

La Leche to meet -- La Leche League of Western Howard County 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. 410-864-8080 or 410-905-5208.

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