Volunteers to clean up banks along Tiber river

Ellicott City/Elkridge

March 11, 2007

The Tiber Hudson Stream Team, which conducted five cleanup sessions Saturday mornings along the Tiber Hudson River and its banks in Ellicott City's historic district, has reported removing 2,819 pounds of trash from the river in the course of its fall project.

Volunteers from Howard Community College and other adults participated in the project, which was sponsored by Friends of the Patapsco Valley and Heritage Greenway Inc. in partnership with the Howard County Tourism Office, Ellicott City Restoration Foundation, community residents and business owners, who helped pay for supplies.

The cleanups will resume in the spring, beginning with one scheduled from 9 a.m. to noon March 24.

Information: 410-480-0824.

Around Town

Scholarships -- Elkridge Adult Athletic Association is accepting applications for its 2007 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.

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 "Success Matters: College Prep 101," with Jean Marie Keller, president of Keller College Services, who will provide strategies for financial planning for college. The program will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the library. Registration is required. 410-313-1950.

Basket bingo -- Hollifield Station Elementary School will hold its fourth basket bingo at 7 p.m. Friday 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. 410-313-2550.

Vendor show -- The Elkridge Volunteer Fire Department's Ladies Auxiliary will hold a vendor show from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. March 18 at the fire hall, 6275 Old Washington Road, Elkridge. Vendors are to include Avon, Mary Kay, Silpada Designs jewelry, Creative Memories, Longaberger, At Home America, Tupperware, Pampered Chef, Executive Sweet gourmet gift baskets and others. 410-761- 6633, Ext. 3.

Knitting, calligraphy classes -- 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 Ellicott City 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 materials fee payable at class. Registration is due as soon as possible. 410-313-7320 or 410-313-7279.

Daffodil Day -- 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. Admission is free. The rain date is April 1. The gardens are at 3651 St. Johns Lane, Ellicott City. Barbara Sieg, 410-465-6721.

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