Book club at Elkridge

August 17, 2008

The Elkridge library, 6540 Washington Blvd., will hold a meeting of its Elks Parent-Teen Book Club for youngsters ages 11 to 17 and their parents from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday.

The book to be discussed is Cheaper by the Dozen, by Frank B. Gilbreth. The 1950 movie based on the book will be shown at 6 p.m.

Registration is not needed. Information: 410-313-5077.

The Miller branch library's Tween Book Club, for middle-schoolers ages 11-13, will meet from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Aug. 27. The book is American Born Chinese, by Gene Yang.

Registration is not needed.

The Climate Change Initiative of Howard County will present a program, "The Low Carbon Diet," on practical ways to decrease energy consumption and reduce our carbon footprint at 7 p.m. tomorrow at the Miller branch.

The library is at 9421 Frederick Road, Ellicott City.

Information: 410-313-1950.

Around Town

Summer reading : The B&O Railroad Museum is holding a summer reading program at its Ellicott City and Baltimore locations. "I've Been Reading on the Railroad" invites elementary school-age children to pick up a reading journal from the museum's store, the Whistle Stop Shop, 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, which focus on life on the railroad, 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 and its impact on American society, culture and economy. 410-752-2462, Ext. 214.

Cheerleading, football : Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks is accepting registration for Elkridge Hurricanes Flag and Tackle football and cheerleading. Practice begins this month 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 www.hcrpsports.com.

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. A play group will be held at 6:30 p.m. tomorrow.

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 www.ellicottcitykiwanis.com.

Scrapbooking : The Miller branch library, 9421 Frederick Road, Ellicott City, will offer an "End of Summer Scrapbooking Workshop" for ages 11 to 17 interested in preserving favorite summer photos and memories from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday. Registration is required. 410-313-1950.

Chess : The Elkridge 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.

Bag sale : Trinity Church Gift & Thrift Shoppe, 6010 Waterloo Road at Pfeiffer's Corner, behind St. John's Lutheran Church in Elkridge, will continue its bag sale this month. 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.

Free bridge : The Kiwanis-Wallas Recreation Center, 10481 Frederick Road, Ellicott City, sponsors a bridge group from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays; pinochle meets from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays. Those who attend are invited to take a lunch. Coffee, tea and treats will be provided. Donations are accepted for the snack fund. Duplicate bridge is available from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Wednesdays and 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Fridays.

Mah-jongg : Mah-jongg is played at the Kiwanis-Wallas Recreation Center, 10481 Frederick Road, from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Wednesdays. Free.

* A community service group meets to knit and crochet blankets, baby clothes and other items for charities, hospitals and senior centers from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m on the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month at Kiwanis-Wallas center. 410-313-7279.

* A Bunco program for ages 55 and older, sponsored by Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks, will be offered from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Aug. 25. A $1 donation is requested.

Learning English : The Miller branch library offers an English conversation club from 7:45 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. Wednesdays for people who speak English as a second language and would like to practice conversation in a group setting. First-time participants must register in advance. 410-313-1950.

Legal services : Attorney Thomas A. Burns will be at the Ellicott City Senior Center, 9401 Frederick Road, Ellicott City, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 27 for the 60 Plus Wills and Legal Screening Program. He will draw up simple wills, powers of attorney, living wills, and help with small estates and deed changes. The program, sponsored by the Howard County Department of Citizen Services' Office on Aging, is available on the fourth Wednesday of each month. It is open to Howard County residents, ages 60 and older. The cost is on a sliding scale. An appointment is required, and should be scheduled well in advance. 410-313-1400.

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