The Gould Observatory at Glenelg Country School will hold an Open Observatory Night from 8:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. April 22 at the school, 12793 Folly Quarter Road, near Glenelg.
Those who attend will have an opportunity to try the observatory's telescope, take laser-guided constellation tours and see close-up views of the moon's surface.
The event, which is the first of a projected series of astronomical events, is dependent on the weather. The observatory, which was given to the school by the Gould family, was opened in 2003.
Information or in case of inclement or cloudy weather: Jerry Persall, astronomer-in-residence, 410-531-3899.
Country line-dancing slated for beginners
Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks will sponsor a beginner country line-dancing class for people ages 55 and older from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesdays, April 24 through June 26, at the Glenwood Community Center, 2400 Route 97, Cooksville.
Little or no dancing experience is required. Students can learn the basic steps in the new, energized version of country line-dancing.
Wear or take leather-soled shoes; sneakers are not recommended.
The cost is $27.
Information or registration: 410-313-7320 or 410-313-7279.
Help sought -- Humane Society of Washington County asks residents of Washington, Frederick and Howard counties to help with a rehabilitation effort for more than 70 horses impounded by the society last year because of neglect. Also, alfalfa is needed for horses that are being rehabilitated at Days End Farm Horse Rescue in Lisbon. 301-733-2060, Ext. 237.
Fitness, wellness -- Glenwood Community Center, operated by Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks, offers fitness and weight areas, a three-lane walking and jogging track and a gymnasium with two courts suitable for basketball, volleyball and other activities. The center also features an arts-and-crafts activity room, a group exercise and dance room and meeting rooms that are available for parties, weddings and other rentals. The center also offers personal training services and an individualized exercise program. A medical clearance form is required. Fees vary according to plan. Massage therapy and reflexology are also to be offered. Appointments are available between 5 p.m. and 9 p.m. Tuesdays. Prices range from $35 to $85. The center, which opened Oct. 31 and hopes to attract patrons from Columbia as well as western Howard County, is at 2400 Route 97, Cooksville. 410-313-4840.
Candidates forum -- The River Hill Community Association will hold a candidates forum at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow at Claret Hall in River Hill Village Center, 6020 Daybreak Circle. Residents will have an opportunity to meet candidates for the community association's board, Barbara Wertman and Frank Saletel, and the candidate for Columbia Council representative from River Hill, Michael Cornell. The forum's moderator will be the River Hill Election Committee. Village elections will be held from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Saturday at the Columbia Gym and from 10:15 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Claret Hall. Absentee ballots will be available at Claret Hall through Friday; they must be submitted by midnight that night. Susan Smith, 410-531-1749.
Money management -- The Glenwood library, 2350 Route 97, Cooksville, will present "Mine the Mysteries of $$$$$" a program on managing money led by Michele Sylvia of BUCS Federal Bank. The program, for youths ages 14 and older and adults, will be offered from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday and April 26; those interested can attend one or both sessions. Registration is required. 410-313-5577.
La Leche -- La Leche League of Western Howard County, a chapter of the international organization, 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. The group offers information, guidance and support to breast-feeding mothers. Toddlers and pregnant women are welcome. 410-864-8080 or 410-905-5208.
Online newsletter -- The Glenwood library, 2350 Route 97, Cooksville, invites those ages 13 to 18 to add their voices to an online newsletter. Teens will meet from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on the first Thursday of each month. 410-313-5577. To see a sample of "Teen 'Zine," go to www.hclibrary.org/teenzine.
Sports camps -- The River Hill Boosters will sponsor summer sports camps to help young athletes improve basic skills. The camps will be held at River Hill High School. Weekly camps will be held from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., beginning June 18. More than 20 camps will be offered, including football, soccer, baseball, softball, tennis, lacrosse, field hockey, volleyball, basketball, cross country, cheerleading, weight training, wrestling and dance. Camp forms are available in the high school's main office. 410-313-7120, or www.river hill.org.