A Howard County construction project to create additional sidewalk along southbound Snowden River Parkway is to begin this week.
On July 7, a portion of sidewalk, measuring about 500 feet in length, will be installed to connect two existing sidewalks, one fronting the park and ride lot and the other adjacent to Dobbin Road.
The project is expected to be completed by mid-July, weather permitting.
The right lane of southbound Snowden River Parkway, south of Dobbin Road, will be closed to traffic during construction hours, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays. Signs will be posted, and safety cones will guide motorists.
Information: Lisa Brightwell, 410-313-3440.
Graduates : Army National Guard Pvt. Alexander J. Jator, cousin of Emmanuel Chelleh and Beyan Sana, both of Long Reach, has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C.
Vendors sought : Applications are being accepted for vendors for a Save the Earth event at Lake Elkhorn Park, to be held from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 27.
The event, sponsored by the Columbia Association's Teen and Middle School Advisory committees, will feature entertainment, food, crafts, games and information. For-profit and nonprofit organizations are welcome to apply. Information: Carol Wasser, 410-715-5523.
Classes, therapies : The East Columbia 50+ Center is offering appointments for reflexology - deep foot massage - 5:15 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. Mondays. The cost is $45 for an hour. Appointments are also available between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. Fridays.
*"Harmonize Exercise Class" meets 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Mondays and Wednesdays. O.H. Laster, a personal fitness trainer, teaches "Stamina, Strength, Stretch and Synergy." The cost is $24 a month; no drop-ins.
*Pilates class, to improve strength, flexibility and coordination while reducing stress, meets noon to 1 p.m. Thursdays. The cost is $42 for seven weeks. 410-313-7680.
*Advanced bridge is offered from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays, and pinochle is offered at noon Fridays. Free. Drop-in players are welcome. 410-313-7680.
Children's programs : Classes for preschool-age children at the East Columbia library are designed to teach creative expression, social skills, listening comprehension and the foundations of reading through letter and number recognition, and to build vocabulary.
*"Story Bug Parade," for ages 2 and 3 with an adult will be offered at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. Mondays, tomorrow through July 28. Tickets are available at the Children's Desk 30 minutes before the class.
*Classes for kindergartners through fifth-graders are intended to develop cognitive and social skills. "Brown Bag and Books for Boys," a chance for boys ages 9 to 11 to read and talk about books, is offered at 12:30 p.m. Tuesdays, through July 22. Registration is required.
*"Eric Carle's Bugs" teaches lessons about insects using the Carle's classic children's books. The class, for ages 4 to 6, is offered at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. Wednesdays, this week, and July 16, 23 and 30. Registration must be done for each class.
* "Why Mosquitoes Buzz: Bugs in Folklore and Legend," for ages 6 to 9, includes classic stories about insects and a craft activity. The class will be held at 1:30 p.m. Thursday. Registration is required.
* A Friday movie series, "It's a Bug Fest!" will be held at 2:30 p.m. Fridays, this week through Aug. 1. A different movie for ages 6-9 will be shown each week. Tickets are available at the Children's Desk 30 minutes before the showing. Space is limited. 410-313-7700.
Sports talk : "Talkin' Baseball," a discussion group, will meet at 9 a.m. Saturday at the East Columbia branch library, 6600 Cradlerock Way. Mark Millikin will discuss his book, The Glory of the 1966 Orioles and Baltimore. Everyone is welcome. 410-740-1145.