County to open center for teens

July 20, 2008

Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks will open Freestyle, a new teen drop-in center at Ridgely's Run Community Center, 8400 Mission Road, Jessup.

The center, designed by teens for teens, will open for the first time from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Thursday, when teens will have a choice of hanging out with friends, playing basketball and video games, listening to music, and having a snack at the Snack Shop and other activities.

The cost is $5. Registration is not required. Information: Danielle Bassett, 410-313-1693.

Summer concert set for Friday

As part of the 30th anniversary of the Montpelier Summer Concert Series, the South Laurel Recreation Council will present La Leyenda, in a concert of salsa, merengue, cumbia and mambo music, at 7:30 p.m. Friday on the grounds of Montpelier Mansion, 9652 Muirkirk Road, at Route 197 in south Laurel.

Bring a friend, a picnic, a blanket or a chair to the free two-hour concert on the mansion's west lawn.

Reservations and tickets are not required. Free public and handicapped parking is available near the Montpelier drive and Muirkirk Road entrances to the property, off Route 197, a quarter-mile west of the Baltimore-Washington Parkway.

The performance will be canceled in the event of heavy rain. Call 301-953-7882 after 5 p.m. on the day of the concert.

Information: 301-776-2805.

Camp scholarships available for arts

The Young Artists Theatre, at routes 29 and 216, is offering five full summer camp scholarships for its three-week-long August Performing Arts Summer Camp, to be held July 28 through Aug. 15.

Applicants must be between ages 7 and 12, live in Howard County and demonstrate an interest in drama or musical theater and financial need.

Information: 301-604-2844. Or visit

Around Town

Minicamps : The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service's Patuxent Research Refuge will offer summer minicamps for children at its North Tract.

*"Nature Detectives," for ages 8 to 10, teaches tracking refuge animals through meadows, forests and wetlands, and how to identify bird calls, animal tracks and trees. The camp will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

*"Refuge Ranger," also for ages 8 to 10, will explore, hands-on, how wildlife survives in a refuge and how to protect the animals. The camp will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 30 and 31.

*"Nature's Kingdoms," for ages 11 to 13, will focus on wildlife adaptations, and classifying nature's kingdoms. Participants will explore the refuge from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 6 and 7.

*"Awesome Animal Adaptations," for ages 5 to 7, will focus on how mammals, fish and birds can survive successfully. The camp will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 13, 14 and 15.

*Admission is free; donations are welcome. Registration, which is required, is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Participants should bring water and a sack lunch. 301-497-5887.

Flower power : The Savage branch library, 9525 Durness Lane, will offer a plant clinic with Master Gardeners, when residents can bring samples of diseased or infested plants or ask questions, from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at the library. 410-880-5980.

Volunteers needed : The Volunteer Center Serving Howard County, in cooperation with the Community Emergency Response Network, is recruiting members of the community to local nonprofit agencies in need of volunteers. 410-715-3179.

Free screenings : Howard County General Hospital will offer free blood pressure screenings at the Savage branch library on the second Monday of each month. The walk-in screenings will be from noon to 3 p.m. at the library, 9525 Durness Lane. 410-740-7601 or

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