Stream cleanup to be held at 9 a.m. Saturday off Oella Ave.

Ellicott City/Elkridge

May 27, 2007

In observance of National River Clean Up Week, Friends of the Patapsco Valley and Heritage Greenway will hold a stream cleanup from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Patapsco River, where a large amount of material has been washed down storm drains and near stream beds. Volunteers are needed.

The group will meet off Oella Avenue, in the unpaved parking area across from the Trolley Stop Restaurant, just past the bridge over the Patapsco River than separates Baltimore County from Howard County.

Parking is available in Parking Lot A, next to the Trolley Stop Restaurant. Wear comfortable shoes and clothing (long pants and shirts) to protect against underbrush and insects. Those willing to go into the water should wear appropriate clothes and boots. Sunscreen and insect repellent are recommended.

The event will be rescheduled in case of rain. If there is light rain, call 410-480-0824. For a map of the area: tourism/parking/road_map/ index.html.

Cleanups are also planned for June 22, July 15 and Aug. 3.

Registration set at Hollifield Station

Hollifield Station Elementary School will register children of families in the school's district for the 2007-2008 school year from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesdays, June 27 through Aug. 15. Offices will be closed on July 4.

Parents or guardians should take the child's birth certificate, immunization records (unless a religious exemption is to be requested), photo identification for the custodial parent, a current lease of deed and secondary proof of residency (a utility or cable bill.)

Information: 410-313-2550.

Training device given to firefighters

A Resusi Baby, a doll used to train firefighters to revive victims, is being donated to the Elkridge Volunteer Fire Department.

The doll will be presented to the department officially by Democratic Del. James E. Malone Jr., on behalf of the Maryland New Car & Truck Dealers Association, at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the department's monthly company meeting.

Information: 410-313-4901.

`Dance, Dance Revolution' event

A "Dance Dance Revolution" (DDR for Teens @ HC Library) event for teens ages 13-17 is planned from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. June 14, July 9 and Aug. 16 at the Miller branch library, 9421 Frederick Road, Ellicott City.

A program for those who enjoy stitching, knitting or crocheting is planned at 10 a.m. June 14 and 28 at the library. Participants are invited to take a project to work on and share ideas and tips with others who have similar interests.

Registration is not needed.

Information: 410-313-1950.

Sunset Serenades to start June 13

Comcast and Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks will present Sunset Serenades 2007 at 7 p.m. Wednesdays, June 13 through Aug. 15, at Centennial Park South.

In partnership with the Columbia Festival of the Arts, the Millers will perform June 13. Junkyard Saints will play zydeco music June 20.

Take a blanket or lawn chair and a picnic. The park's concession stand will be open. Parking costs $3 a vehicle. Admission to the concerts is free.

Information: 410-313-7275; text telephone, 410-313-4665.

Around Town

Gardening queries -- Howard County Master Gardeners will be at the Miller branch library to answer gardening questions and examine problem plants from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Mondays and 10 a.m. to noon Saturdays. Residents are invited bring questions and plants. Rosemary Noble, Jan Marie Williams-Nguyen and Bob Nixon will discuss "Raised Beds" at 7 p.m. June 6 at the library. Registration is required. 410-313-1950.

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