Sheep Skillathon challenges youth

April 13, 2008

Children and youth ages 8 to 18 are invited to participate in the Sheep & Wool Skillathon, to be held from 8 a.m. to noon May 4 at the Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival. The festival, sponsored by the Maryland Sheep Breeders Association, is always held on the first full weekend in May at the Howard County Fairgrounds in West Friendship.

Individuals and teams of three or four from any county, state or province can compete in the Skillathon, which consists of a series of stations where youth are tested on their knowledge and skills with livestock. The festival awards prizes to the top competitors in each age division.

Study resources for the competition can be found at www.sheepandgoat.com/program/skillathon/skillathon.html.

Information or to register for the competition: Susan Schoenian, 301-432-2767, ext. 343. The deadline to enter is April 20.

Garden club plans plant sale

The Mount Airy Garden Club will present its second annual Spring Plant Sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 10 at Calvary United Methodist Church, 301 South Main St.,, Mount Airy.

Hanging baskets, spring flowers, perennials and vegetables will be for sale.

Information: Jennie Fellows, 301-829-9012.

Library offers pre school programs

The Glenwood branch library, 2350 Route 97, Cooksville, will offer preschool classes for young children to teach social skills, comprehension and the foundations of reading. An adult must accompany children younger than 3.

"Picture Book Parade," a 30-minute program of music and stories for ages 2 to 5, will be offered at 10:30 a.m. Thursdays.

"Sense-ible Stories," an exploration of the five senses for children ages 2 to 5, will be offered at 11 a.m. May 3, 6:45 p.m. May 6, and 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. May 12. Registration begins April 26.

"May Flowers," with Kristen Healey from Greenway Farms, a program for ages 5 to 8, is planned for 2 p.m. May 3, and "Cinco de Mayo," a program of Mexican-inspired stories, activities and a craft for ages 6 to 10, is planned for 4:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. May 5.

Information: 410-313-5579.

Around town

Teen space -- The Glenwood Community Center's game room for teens is open from 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. The room, designed by teenagers, is for ages 12 and older. It includes a pool table, table tennis, bumper pool and a video game area with a big-screen television. After-school activities and teen programs are planned. A center identification is required. The program is provided with assistance from the Horizon Foundation. The center is at 2400 Route 97 in Cooksville. 410-313-4840.

Earth Day -- Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks will celebrate Earth Day at West Friendship Park by planting trees and installing tree shelters. Volunteers are needed to help from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday. Bring work gloves and a shovel, if available. Ann Combs, 410-313-4624. In case of rainy weather, call 410-313-4452 on the day of the event.

Earth Day -- The Howard County Conservancy will present its annual Earth Day celebration from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at its Mount Pleasant farm at 10520 Old Frederick Road, Woodstock. The day will begin with a bird hike at 8 a.m. Tree planting, trail maintenance and service projects will begin at 9 a.m. The event will end with a guided hike at noon. Participants are encouraged to bring a picnic lunch, and groups are welcome. The conservancy is the county's only environmental education center and its largest land trust. In addition to preserving land through conservation easements, the conservancy manages the 232-acre Mount Pleasant Farm, where educational programs are offered to children and adults. 410-465-8877.

50-plus walkers -- The River Hill Community Association is seeking people interested in walking and socializing together for a 50-plus walking club. The group will meet at Claret Hall and stroll around the River Hill neighborhoods. The first meeting is to be held at 10:15 a.m. April 24 at Claret Hall, 6020 Daybreak Circle. Gina Harrison, 410-531-1749.

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