Plant sale to benefit gardens set for May 19-20

Ellicott City/Elkridge

May 06, 2007

The annual plant sale to benefit Whipps Cemetery Gardens on St. John's Lane in Ellicott City will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 19 and 20 at 3909 Hawthorn Road in the Dunloggin neighborhood.

Master gardener Tom Gardner will give a talk on shade gardening at 10 a.m. May 19.

The one-acre Whipps Cemetery, which dates to 1855, was restored as a public garden by the St. John's Community Association Inc. and volunteers, in cooperation with the Whipps family. Howard County Master Gardeners maintain the site.

Information: Barbara Sieg, 410-465-6721.

2 students make essay semifinals

Trevor Pozoulakis, a seventh-grader at Burleigh Manor, and Nicholas Spano, a sixth-grader, were semifinalists in the Fox 45 annual Champions of Courage Black History Essay Competition Contest.

Joanna Wade, a teacher at Burleigh Manor, assigned the essays as part of her students' classwork.

"This was the first that she had done this, so she was especially surprised to find two kids that had made it to the finals. She was really excited about that," said Linda Lagala-Spano, Nicholas' mother.

Sixth-grader Aneesh Agrawal competed in the state finals of the National Geographic Geography Bee on March 30 at Towson University.

Video dance event to be held May 23

Young people ages 11 and older are invited to dance to the video game Dance Dance Revolution, from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. May 23 and on the third Wednesday of each month, at the Miller branch library, 9421 Frederick Road, Ellicott City.

Registration begins two weeks before the program.

Information or to register: 410-313-1950.

Junior Firefighters to hold dance May 19

The Elkridge Volunteer Fire Department's Junior Firefighters will sponsor a Spring Fling Youth Dance, for youths ages 9-15, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. May 19 at the firehouse, 6275 Old Washington Road, Elkridge.

Tickets, available only at the door, are $8.

Information: 410-761-6633, ext. 5.

Around Town

Photo contest -- Ellicott City Restoration Foundation Inc. is holding its third amateur photography contest for pictures in the categories of "vintage," "adult" and "junior," taken in the Ellicott City Historic District. "Vintage" photos must have been taken before 1972. The "adult" category is for photographers ages 18 and older; the "junior" category is for those ages 17 and younger. Winners will be announced June 2 at the Thomas Isaac Log Cabin. Entries can be delivered to the Howard County Tourism Council office, 8267 Main St., Ellicott City by 5 p.m. May 18. The office, at the side entrance of the post office building, is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday. The photographs will be on display in Ellicott City merchants' windows during June.

Study skills -- Registration is open for the Stressless Tests? Summer Study Skills classes. High school classes will be held from noon to 2 p.m. Aug. 7-10 and repeated Aug. 14-17 at Centennial High School. Three sessions of middle school classes will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. July 31 through Aug. 3, Aug. 7-10 and Aug. 14-17 at Centennial High. The cost is $165 and includes a copy of the Study for Success digital video disc by the instructor, Betty Caldwell of east Columbia. 410-740-4659, or

Kiwanis club -- Kiwanis Club of Ellicott City, a service organization, meets at 6:45 p.m. Mondays at the Kiwanis hall, 3300 Norberts Way, Ellicott City. Everyone is welcome. Harry Slade, 410-418-8218.

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.

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