Summer reading at museum

June 22, 2008

The B&O Railroad Museum will hold its summer reading program at its Ellicott City and Baltimore locations, beginning today and running through the summer.

The program, "I've Been Reading on the Railroad," invites elementary school-age children to pick up a reading journal from the museum's store, The Whistle Stop Shop, read eight books and record them in the journal.

Children who return the journal on or before Sept. 2 will receive a free book and will be entered to win an engineer's outfit. The museum has a list of suggested books for the program; the books, which focus on life on the railroad, are available at the museum store.

The Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Museum, an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, is dedicated to preserving and interpreting the history of American railroading and its impact on American society, culture and economy.

Information: 410-752-2462, Ext. 214.

Summer musical

The Howard County Summer Theater will present its version of High School Musical, the one-act Disney classic, at 2:30 p.m. Thursday and 7:30 p.m. Friday at Mount Hebron High School in Ellicott City.

Doors open a half-hour before the show. Tickets are available at the door or from any cast member. Group rates are available.

Information: Marla Blasko, mjblasko@verizon.net.

Around Town

Power camp : The Norbel School in Elkridge will offer a Power Camp for bright children with learning challenges tomorrow through Aug. 1. The camp, which is to feature the school's interpersonal social skills development program, is open to children ages 6 to 12. Art, sports and music activities are also planned. Tutoring and before- and after-camp care are available. Krys Renzi, 410-796-6700 or krenzi@norbelschool.org.

Cheerleading, Football : 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 and 6 costs $85; tackle football for ages 7 to 14 costs $160. Cheerleading for ages 5 to 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. Registration: 410-313-PARK, or www.hcrpsports.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.

Bag sale : Trinity Church Gift & Thrift Shoppe, 6010 Waterloo Road, at Pfeiffer's Corner, behind St. John's Lutheran Church in Elkridge, will hold a bag sale in July and August. Bags can be filled with items for $4 a bag. Store hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesdays and on the first and third Saturdays of each month. 410-799-9175.

Teen chess : The Miller branch library, 9421 Frederick Road, Ellicott City, will hold a session of its Teen Chess Club for ages 9 to 17 from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday. Pins and Needles, a chance to meet people, work on stitching, knitting or crocheting projects and trade ideas and tips, will be offered from 10 a.m. to noon June 26. Registration is not needed. Information: 410-313-1950.

Free bridge : 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 take a lunch. Coffee, tea and treats will be provided. Donations are accepted for the snack fund. Duplicate bridge is available from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Wednesdays and 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Fridays.

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