Civil War talk at B&O museum

May 11, 2008

Maryland historian Dan Toomey will visit the Ellicott City B&O Railroad Museum, 2711 Maryland Ave., at Main Street, at 2 p.m. Saturday to speak about the Civil War.

His lecture, "The War Came By Train," concludes the 10th anniversary of the living history program and exhibit, "Civil War: The Maryland Story." The event is not recommended for children younger than 7 years old.

The Ellicott City B&O Railroad station is the oldest in the United States.

Admission is $5; $4 for seniors. Children ages 2-12 pay $3.

Information: 410-461-1945.

Senior center to celebrate 20 years

The Ellicott City Senior Center, 9401 Frederick Road, will hold a free 20th anniversary celebration and open house from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 21.

Entertainment is planned at 11 a.m., noon, 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. There will be a cake-cutting at 1 p.m. The Irishman's Chorale will perform at 2 p.m.

Information: 410-313-1400.

Around Town

Cheerleading, Football -- The Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks is accepting registration for Elkridge Hurricanes Flag and Tackle football and cheerleading. Practice begins in August at Elkridge Landing Middle School. The season runs through mid-November. Flag football for ages 5-6 costs $85; tackle football for ages 7-14 costs $160. Cheerleading for ages 5-14 costs $125. Tackle football participants are placed on teams based on age and weight. Early registration is advised. Jean Shea, 410-313-4626; text telephone, 410-313-4665. To register: 410-313-PARK or www.hcrp sports.com.

Kiwanis Club -- Kiwanis Club of Ellicott City, a volunteer service organization, meets at 6:45 p.m. Mondays at the Kiwanis-Wallas Building, 3300 Norbert's Way, Ellicott City. Everyone is welcome. 410-418-8218, or www.ellicottcitykiwanis.com.

Teen 'zine -- The Miller branch library's Teen 'Zine program, in which youths ages 13-17 can contribute to a new online newsletter written by teens for teens, invites participants to meet at the library from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. tomorrow. To start, attend a meeting or make an appointment with the library's teen specialist. Registration is not needed. www. hclibrary.org/teenzine.

Free bridge, knitting -- The Kiwanis-Wallas Recreation Center sponsors a bridge group from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays; pinochle meets from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays. Those who attend are invited to bring a bag lunch. Coffee, tea and treats will be provided. Donations are accepted for the snack fund.

A community service group meets to knit and crochet blankets, baby clothes and other items for charities, hospitals and senior centers from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. the second and fourth Wednesdays at Kiwanis-Wallas Recreation Center, 10481 Frederick Road, Ellicott City.

Chess -- The county library's Elkridge branch, 6540 Washington Blvd., sponsors a chess club for ages 13 and older from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays. Players of all abilities are welcome, but they must know how to play chess. Snacks will be provided. Registration not required. 410-313-5077.

Learning English -- The county library's Miller branch library offers an English conversation club from 7:45 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. Wednesdays 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.

Poetry workshop -- Poet Sue Ellen Thompson will lead a workshop that examines approaches to writing free verse at 1 p.m. Friday at the Ellicott City Senior Center, 9401 Frederick Road, Ellicott City. Those who attend the workshop "How `Free' is Your Free Verse?" will have an opportunity to experiment with creating a free verse poem from a prose paragraph. 410-313-1400.

Audition workshop -- The Miller branch library, 9421 Frederick Road, Ellicott City, will hold an audition workshop for teens, ages 11-17, from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Friday. The workshop, to be led by drama coach and director Mo Dutterer, will help teens prepare to compete in the library's Teen Idol contest. Participants will learn vocal techniques and will have their performances critiqued, if time permits. Bring recorded accompaniment, if available. Registration is required. 410-313-1950.

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