Area Democratic club to meet Feb. 20 in Woodstock

Western Howard

February 11, 2007

The Western Howard County Democratic Club will meet at 7 p.m. Feb. 20 at Howard County Conservancy, 10520 Old Frederick Road, Woodstock, the club's new meeting location.

Bill Chestnut of the Vote Smart Project will speak.

Information: 301-854-6507, or e-mail robicl@comcast.net.

Student to speak about his first novel

College sophomore Drew Bowling will speak about the publication of his first novel The Tower of Shadows, which he began writing in high school, at 7 p.m. March 6 at the Glenwood library, 2350 Route 97, Cooksville.

Copies of the epic fantasy novel will be available for purchase and signing.

Registration, which is required, begins Feb. 20.

The Western Howard County Seniors Book Club, which meets on the first Wednesday of each month, will meet at 10 a.m. March 7 at the Glenwood branch to discuss Digging to America by Anne Tyler. Copies of the book are available at the branch, and registration is not required.

The group of retired women, known for their lively discussions of contemporary fiction, welcomes new members.

Information: 410-313-5577.

Program to focus on identifying birds

The Audubon Society of Central Maryland will present a program on how to identify birds and participate in the Great Backyard Bird Count, to be held Friday through Feb. 19 by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the National Audubon Society.

The program will be offered at 7 p.m. tomorrow at the Glenwood library. Everyone is welcome.

Registration is requested but not necessary.

Information: 410-313-5579.

The Great Backyard Bird Count offers experienced and novice birdwatchers an opportunity to add to a national database on trends in bird populations (www.birdsource.org).

A bird walk and demonstration count will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday at the Howard County Conservancy in Woodstock.

Binoculars are helpful but not necessary.

Information: 410-465-8877.

School schedules basket bingo at hall

West Friendship Elementary School will hold basket bingo at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Sykesville Fire Hall, 6680 Sykesville Road, Sykesville.

Doors will open at 6 p.m.

Tickets are $15 in advance; $18 at the door.

Refreshments will be sold.

Information: Liz Poole, 410- 489-2413.

Around Town

Neighborhood watch -- River Hill residents interested in participating in Neighborhood Watch are invited to attend a training session for block captains at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow at Claret Hall, 6020 Daybreak Circle, Clarksville. Howard County 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. Susan Smith, 410-531-1749.

Brick garden -- Folly Quarter Middle School PTA has announced that its Falcon Legacy Brick Garden, a garden of bricks engraved with student or family names, congratulatory announcements, thanks to teachers and other messages, is 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 Thursday. 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.

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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