Walk focuses on insects

August 10, 2008

Naturalist and photographer Wil Hershberger will talk and lead guided walks exploring the insect voices of summer from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Aug. 21 at the Howard County Conservancy in Woodstock.

Hershberger is co-author, with Lang Elliott of the book, The Songs of Insects. His talk, titled Summer Serenades, will be illustrated with recordings and photographs of insects.

The presentation is sponsored by the James and Anne Robinson Foundation and the Howard County Conservancy. A brief walk will be offered for families with children, followed by a longer walk for adults. The walks are limited to 20 people.

Admission is free. Registration is required. Information or registration: 410-465-8877 or http://www.hcconservancy.org.

Summer sessions to wind down

Mom's Connect of Friendship Baptist Church in Sykesville offers opportunities for mothers, grandmothers and their children to share experiences and support. The group, which has been meeting for "Summer in the Park" from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. every other Wednesday at Freedom Park in Sykesville, will hold its last meeting Aug. 20.

A clown, a treasure hunt and other activities are planned for the end-of-summer meeting.

Information: Jennifer Mateer, 410-795-5061 or 410-552-4406.

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, if they are available (call for hours). Larriland Farm is at 2415 Woodbine Road. Fruits or vegetables become available as they ripen. 410-442-2605.

Teen space : Glenwood Community Center's game room for teens is open from 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 receives 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 titled, "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 Wednesday.

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

Blood pressure screening : The Glenwood library, 2350 Route 97, Cooksville, will offer a free, walk-in blood pressure screening, conducted by Howard County General Hospital staff, from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Aug. 18. 410-313-5577.

SAT, PSAT : Registration is open for an SAT and PSAT preparation course to be held from noon to 4:30 p.m. Aug. 23 and 30 at Chapelgate Christian Academy, 2600 Marriottsville, Road, Marriottsville. The course is open to all high school students. The cost is $185, and includes tuition and materials. A portion of the tuition will benefit the school. Martha Gagnon, 410-442-1600 or visit www.MarthaGagnon.com.

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