The Geckos to play Aug. 1 in Highland

July 20, 2008

The Geckos, a five-piece "Island rock" band with electric guitar, steel pans, electric bass and drums, and occasionally, a trumpet, will perform at 7 p.m. Aug. 1 at Schooley Mill Park, 112975 Hall Shop Road, in Highland.

The free concert is part of Howard County Recreation and Parks' "Travelin' Bands" summer concert series.

Bring a blanket or lawn chair. Picnics with nonalcoholic beverages are welcome.

Information: 410-313-7275; text telephone,410-313-4665. In case of inclement weather, call 410-313-4452 after 4 p.m. on the day of the concert.

Around town

Pick your own : Larriland Farm, a pick-your-own operation in Woodbine owned and operated by the Moore family since 1973, is offering opportunities to pick blueberries, tart and sweet cherries, red raspberries and beets through much of the summer. Sweet cherries can be picked Thursdays and Saturdays (call for hours). Larriland Farm is at 2415 Woodbine Road. 410-442-2605.

Camps : The Glenelg Country School is offering two summer sports camps for boys and girls in grades 3-8: "Attack" Basketball Camp and "Top-Notch" Sports Camp. Several other camps are also available. For a brochure: www.glenelg.org. Charlie Stewart, 410-531-8600, Ext. 2222.

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 TV. 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.

Preschool classes : The Glenwood library, 2350 Route 97, Cooksville, offers preschool classes to teach social skills, comprehension and the foundations of reading. An adult must accompany kids younger than 3.

*"Play Partners," for infants and toddlers to 23 months with an adult, is offered at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. Tuesdays. Registration is not required.

*"Picture Bug Parade," a 30-minute summer program of music and stories for ages 2 to 5, is offered at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. Thursdays. (The program will revert to its original title, "Picture Book Parade," in the fall.) Registration is not required.

*"Potty Time," a program of stories for children ages 18 months to 3 years old with an adult, will offer tips for parents. The program will be held at 10 a.m. Aug. 20. Registration begins Aug. 13.

For a schedule of programs: 410-313-5579 or visit www.hclibrary.org.

Summer : Mom's Connect of Friendship Baptist Church in Sykesville offers opportunities for mothers, 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 meetings to be held this week and Aug. 6 is "Faithfulness, Goodness, Self-Control." An end-of-summer activity is planned for Aug. 20. Jennifer Mateer, 410-795-5061 or 410-552-4406.

Guided hikes : The Howard County Conservancy at Mount Pleasant Farm offers free guided hikes on the second Saturday of each month from May through October. Families are welcome.

*A new solar energy exhibit, demonstrating the workings of the clean, renewable energy source, is on display; the new exhibit will also reduce the conservancy's energy costs. The exhibit includes a solar photovoltaic system installed on the roof of the historic Bank Barn; excess energy will be sent back to the utility grid. The conservancy provides programs for children and adults at its Gudelsky Environmental Education Center, including service learning for middle-schoolers and eight weeks of summer camps for children ages 5-11. 410-465-8877.

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