HC DrugFree to sponsor sex education program

Ellicott City/Elkridge

March 18, 2007

HC DrugFree, a Howard County nonprofit organization dedicated to helping teens avoid alcohol and other drugs, will sponsor "Sex Under the Influence," a program for parents and teens about the relationship of sexual activity, drinking and drugs.

The program, which emphasizes the importance of communication between parents and teens about sexuality, will be held from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Miller branch library, 9421 Frederick Road, Ellicott City.

Topics to be covered include the increased risk of having sex under the influence of drugs or alcohol, date rape and information on how to talk about sex with teenagers.

Admission is free. Reservations are not needed.

HC DrugFree offers programs, newsletters and a Web site.

Information: Laura Smit, 410- 799-4879, or e-mail.hcdrugfree @yahoo.com.

Library celebrates poetry month

The Miller branch library plans to present a program celebrating National Poetry Month. "Do You Think You Don't Like Poetry?" will be held at 7 p.m. Thursdays, April 12, 19 and 26.

Diane Rowland will explain how to appreciate poetry by learning and analyzing its language. Participants can attend one or several sessions. Registration, which is required, begins two weeks before the programs.

The series is sponsored by Poetry's Here @ Your Maryland Library and is funded by a Library Services and Technology Act grant from the Department of Education's Division of Library Development and Services; it is co-sponsored by The Maryland Center for the Book.

Information: 410-313-1950.

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.

Vendor show -- Elkridge Volunteer Fire Department's Ladies Auxiliary will hold a vendor show from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. today 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.

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, 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 Tuesday and March 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.

Volunteer cleanup -- 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, will resume the program in the spring, beginning with one scheduled from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday. The program 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. 410-480-0824.

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