The River Hill Community Association will sponsor its ninth Independence Day Parade at 9:30 a.m. July 4.
The parade will follow Great Star Drive from Guilford Road to Signal Bell Lane. Great Star Drive will be closed to traffic during the parade; residents are invited to line the road to watch the parade and cheer the participants.
River Hill swim teams, Scout troops, the Clarksville Lions, representatives from Dogtopia, Neighbor Ride, Western Howard County Soccer, and County Executive Ken Ulman and other officials will march.
Volunteers are needed to help with traffic control, assist in the parade staging area and help with a reception for the marchers.
Information or to register to participate in the parade: Gina Harrison, 410-531-1749.
Teen space : The Glenwood Community Center's game room for teens is open 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. The room, designed by teens, 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 programs are planned. An identification card from the center is required. The program is provided with assistance from the Horizon Foundation. The center is at 2400 Route 97 in Cooksville. 410-313-4840.
Summer : Mom's Connect of Friendship Baptist Church in Sykesville offers opportunities for mothers and grandmothers and their children to share experiences and support each other. The group will meet for a "Summer in the Park" from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. every other Wednesday at Freedom Park in Sykesville. The theme for the meetings to be held Wednesday is "Love, Joy, Peace." Jennifer Mateer, 410-795-5061 or 410-552-4406.
Preschool : The Glenwood 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 kids younger than 3. "Picture Book Parade," a 30-minute program of music and stories for ages 2 to 5, is offered at 10:30 a.m. Thursdays. Registration is not required. For a schedule of programs: 410-313-5579.
Public forum : Howard County Executive Ken Ulman invites residents to join him for an open public forum, to be held at 7 p.m. Thursday at Glenwood Community Center, 2400 Route 97, Cooksville. County department heads will be on hand to engage in dialogue. Residents are invited to ask questions, make comments or offer suggestions on any topic. Those who want to speak should sign up before the event and limit their comments to two minutes. Everyone is welcome. 410-313-2022.
River Hill artists : The River Hill High School theater arts department will sponsor a summer alumni production of Tennessee Williams' classic play, The Glass Menagerie, featuring current and former River Hill fine arts students. Marriotts Ridge theater arts teacher Sally Livingston will direct, and Amanda Ogorzalek of the River Hill Class of 2008 will assist. Performances will be held at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday in the school auditorium, 12101 Route 108, Clarksville. Tickets, available at the school's front office or at the door, are $10. Proceeds will help establish a River Hill Fine Arts Scholarship Fund. The box office will open 90 minutes before each performance. 410-313-7120 or Jeanne Woodhouse, 410-428-7971.