Musical presented

July 06, 2008

The Howard County Summer Theatre will present its 34th summer musical, Guys and Dolls , at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and July 16, 17, 18 and 19, and at 2 p.m. July 13, at Mount Hebron High School, 9440 Route 99, Ellicott City.

The cast includes 150 from the community in the cast, crews and orchestra. Thomas L. Sankey will direct the production; this is his 25th summer as director of the summer theater.

Tickets are $14; $12 for senior citizens and students to age 12. Tickets are available at Music & Arts Center in Chatham Station on Route 40 or at

Proceeds will benefit Prepare for Success of Howard County and The Salvation Army.

Elementary students play time

A group of parents whose children will enter the Veterans Elementary School kindergarten program are arranging times for their children to play together and make new friends. The school's main playground, to the right of the school on the big blacktop, is available while school is not in session.

Play groups will be held at 6:30 p.m. July 10 and 23, and Aug. 5 and 18.

Around Town

Summer reading : The B&O Railroad Museum is holding a summer reading program at its Ellicott City and Baltimore locations. 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 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. An affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Museum is dedicated to preserving and interpreting the history of American railroading. 410-752-2462, Ext. 214.

Power camp : The Norbel School in Elkridge will offer a Power Camp for children with learning challenges through Aug. 1. The camp, which is to feature the school's 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

Teen chess : The Miller branch library, 9421 Frederick Road, Ellicott City, will hold a meeting of its Teen Chess Club for youth ages 9-17 from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday and July 29. Registration is not needed. 410-313-1950.

*The Elkridge branch library, 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. 410-313-5077.

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

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

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 this month and next. 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.

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