Daffodil Day celebration set for March 31

Ellicott City/Elkridge

March 04, 2007

Friends of the Whipps Cemetery and Memorial Gardens Inc. will sponsor a Daffodil Day - a spring celebration - from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. March 31 at the one-acre, 19th-century cemetery that has been restored as a public garden and park.

Hundreds of daffodils will be in bloom, planted by volunteers since restoration of the site began in 1986.

Master gardener Aylene Gard will discuss native plants. The Whipps gardens are maintained by Howard County Master Gardeners with help from the St. John's Community Association, garden clubs and other volunteers.

Daffodil Day is open to the public. Refreshments and a raffle of two gardening baskets - one for an adult and one for a child - are planned. Admission is free.

The rain date is April 1. The gardens are at 3651 St. Johns Lane, Ellicott City.

Information: Barbara Sieg, 410-465-6721.

Knitting classes to be held March 20, 27

Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks will sponsor Quick Start Knit classes for those ages 55 and older from 10:30 a.m. to noon March 20 and 27 at Ellicott City Senior Center, 9401 Frederick Road.

Participants will learn casting on, the knit stitch and binding off. The cost is $25, which includes needles and yarn to make a small, practice project.

Calligraphy classes are to be offered from 10 a.m. to noon Wednesdays, March 28 through April 25, at the senior center.

Men and women interested in learning basic Italic lettering are invited to take part. The script is especially useful in creating greeting cards, addressing envelopes, scrapbooking or writing a poem.

The cost is $35, with a $2 ma- terials fee payable at class. Registration is due as soon as possible.

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

Benefit basket bingo planned Friday

The Central Maryland chapter of the National Federation of the Blind of Maryland will hold a basket bingo at 7 p.m. Friday at the Lodge, 2832 Nine Mile Circle, Catonsville. Doors open at 6 p.m.

The bingo will include 20 games, three specials and two raffles. More than $3,500 in prizes will be offered. Refreshments will be available. Proceeds will benefit the chapter, which reaches out to blind children and their parents, people facing complications of diabetes and senior citizens losing vision.

Admission is $15 in advance; $20 at the door.

Information: 410-715-9596.

Around Town

Scholarships -- Elkridge Adult Athletic Association is accepting applications for its scholarship program for high school seniors. Applications are available at area high schools. Danny Tracy, 410-796-4389.

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.

School registration -- Hollifield Station Elementary School will hold registration for kindergarten and first grade for the 2007-2008 school year from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. tomorrow through Friday. Evening registration will be available until 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. Parents or legal guardians should take a copy of their lease or deed and a second proof of residency; birth certificate or passport; immunization records (unless they plan to apply for a religious exemption); and a parent photo identification. The child must be 5 years old by Sept. 1. 410-313-2550.

Elkridge library -- The Elkridge library, 6540 Washington Blvd., Elkridge, offers Games Night for those ages 11 to 17 from 7 to 8:30 on the first Tuesday of each month.

A parent-child book club for those 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 those 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 those 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.

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,

Miller branch -- The Miller branch library, 9421 Frederick Road, Ellicott City, will offer "Let's Get Together: Pins and Needles," a chance to work on stitching, knitting or crocheting projects and trading tips, at 10 a.m. Thursday and March 29.

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