Ellicott City briefs

April 30, 2010

Art show

Works by members of the Visual Artists Alliance of Maryland will be on display at Barnes and Noble, Long Gate Shopping Center, 4300 Montgomery Road, through May 30. Hours are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Information: 410-203-9001.

Bike drive

Used bicycles can be donated to help disadvantaged persons from developing nations from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 8, at First Evangelical Lutheran Church's parking lot, 3604 Chatham Road. Donation of $10 to cover shipping charges is suggested. Information: 410-465-2977.

Author appearance

Ned Tillman, author of "The Chesapeake Watershed: A Sense of Place and a Call to Action," appears at 7 p.m. May 19 at St. John's Episcopal Church, 9120 Frederick Road. He will lead a discussion on environmental sustainability and talk about his book. Free. Information: 410-461-7793.

Fundraiser for American Cancer Society

Relay For Life holds this event from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday, May 4, at Jilly's Bar & Grill, 10030 Baltimore National Pike. Fifteen percent of proceeds go to help fight cancer. Information: 410-781-4316.

Cheer coaches

The Ellicott City Patriots Youth Football & Cheer Program is looking for volunteers to serve as head coaches, assistant coaches, stunt coaches, dance coaches, gymnastics coaches, fitness trainers and competition-level coaches. Information: Linda Lagala-Spano, 410-461-1225, or linda3athome@msn.com.

Spring art classes

Howard County Center for the Arts is holding registration for its visual and performing arts programs running through June 13. Adult courses include beginner watercolor painting, sumi painting and knitting. Youth courses for ages 5-12 include creating comics and cartoons. Brochures are available at 8510 High Ridge Road or at hocoarts.org. Information: 410-313-2787.

Music Matters Showcase

•Andy Luttrell, Steve Lanocha and Rick LaRocca perform from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Thursday, May 6, at Sweet, a bakery & cafe, 8143 Main St. Information: 410-461-9275.

•Bob Reilly, Kathleen Stanley and Courtney Carr perform from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Saturday, May 8, at Nora Café & Bakery, 8450 Baltimore National Pike. Information: 410-461-6902.

Civil War exhibit

"Civil War: The Maryland Story," an exhibit highlighting the presidential election of 1860, continues through June 27 at the B&O Railroad Museum, Ellicott City Station, 2711 Maryland Ave. Hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesdays-Sundays. Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors, $3 for children 2-12 and free for children younger than 2. Information: 410-461-1945 or ecborail.org.

Around town

Chess The Elkridge branch of the Howard County 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. Information: 410-313-7723.

English conversation The Miller branch of the Howard County Library, 9421Frederick Road, Ellicott City, offers "Let's Get Together: English Conversation Club." It's a chance for those for whom English is a second language to practice speaking and understanding English in a group setting. The club meets at 7:45 p.m. Wednesdays. Register with the library before your first meeting. Information: 410-313-1950.

Kiwanis meets The Kiwanis Club of Ellicott City meets at 6:45 p.m. Mondays at 3300 Norberts Way. Information: 410-418-8218 or ellicottcitykiwanis.com.

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