Take kids for a hay ride and Rockburn snipe hunt

Ellicott City/Elkridge

October 07, 2007

Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks will sponsor its Great Snipe Hunt -- a hay ride and trek into the woods to search for the (imaginary) Rockburn Snipe, largest of the species. Bring a large brown paper bag and a flashlight.

The event for children ages 4 to 7 with parents will be held from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Saturday at Rockburn Branch Park in Elkridge. No harm will come to the snipe.

The cost is $20 for a family of up to five people. Registration is required because space is limited.

Information or registration: 410-313-7275; text telephone, 410-313-4665. Online registration: www.howardcountymd. gov/RAP. In case of inclement weather: 410-313-4452, after 5 p.m. on the day of the event.

Elkridge firefighters serving breakfast

The Elkridge Volunteer Fire Department will hold a pancake breakfast from 7:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. today at the fire hall, 6275 Old Washington Road, Elkridge.

Breakfast includes pancakes, eggs, bacon, toast, juice, coffee and tea. The cost is $7; $6 for those ages 55 and older. Children ages 5 to 12 pay $5; those younger than 5 eat free. Proceeds will benefit the Elkridge Volunteer Fire Department.

Reservations are not needed. Information: 410-313-4901.

Serving pancakes at Mount Hebron

Mount Hebron High School's football program will present its annual pancake breakfast from 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Saturday in the school cafeteria. A silent auction and a 50/50 drawing are also planned. (It is not necessary to be present to win.)

The cost is $5 in advance; $6 at the door. Children to age 5 eat free.

Tickets are available from any Mount Hebron football player.

A stitch in time at the library

The Miller branch library, 9421 Frederick Road, Ellicott City, will offer a chance to work on stitching, knitting or crocheting projects, meet new people and trade ideas.

The group will meet at 10 a.m. Thursday and Oct. 25.

Registration is not needed.

Information: 410-313-1950.

Around Town

Teachers sought -- A group of former Centennial High School teachers is seeking other faculty members who taught at the school during its first two years, 1977- 1979. An event is being planned in conjunction with the 30th anniversary of Centennial's opening. Former teachers who were at the school during those years are asked to e-mail Ken Katzen at kkatzen@hcps.org; include an address, telephone number and e-mail address.

Design talks -- Gallery 44, 9469 Baltimore National Pike, Ellicott City, is holding a "Dessert & Design" series of talks on interior design to benefit Success in Style, an Ellicott City nonprofit organization that provides free business attire to disadvantaged women seeking employment. The talks are held from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sundays. Topics also include "Decorating with Light" (today); "The Psychology of Design" (Oct. 14); and "What's New in Window Design" (Oct. 21). The cost is $10 a session. Reservations: 410-465-5200.

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 group meets to knit and crochet 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. the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month at Kiwanis-Wallas Recreation Center. 410- 313-7279.

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