Ellicott City

August 20, 2010

Seeking 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.

Youth dance

The Elkridge Volunteer Fire Department's Junior Firefighters will sponsor a "Summer Bash" youth dance from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 28, at the firehouse, 6275 Old Washington Road in Elkridge. Dance is for ages 9-15. Tickets are $10. Information: 410-761-6633 or go to elkridgevfd.org.

'Roads to Rails: The Thomas Viaduct'

The exhibit running through Nov. 7 at the B&O Railroad Museum, 2711 Maryland Ave. in Ellicott City, explains how the viaduct was built and contains images and pictures of the viaduct in use. Visitors can learn about Phillip Thomas, president of the B&O, for whom the bridge is named, and the engineer, Benjamin Latrobe. The viaduct, which spans the Patapsco River in Relay, was completed July 4, 1835. Hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesdays-Sundays. Information: 410-461-1945.

Quilt exhibit

"Stitches in Time/Threads of Change: An Exhibition of Maryland Community Quilts" exhibit continues through March 31 at the Benjamin Banneker Historical Park & Museum, 300 Oella Ave. The "Banneker Historical Quilt," a project more than five years in the making, is the centerpiece of the exhibit. Information: 410-887-1081.

Around town

Brain fitness Class with Robin Zahor will teach techniques to keep the brain in top form and improve cognitive performance; 11 a.m. Sept. 16 at the Ellicott Senior Center, 9401 Frederick Road. Free. Information: 410-313-1425.

'Tappin with Jackie' Learn basic tap dance moves with Jackie Dunphy from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Wednesdays at the Ellicott City Senior Center. Classes run Sept. 15 through Oct. 20. Cost is $38. Information: 410-313-1421.

'Working with Watercolors' Learn the fundamentals of drawing shapes, values, textures and designs, using pencil, watercolor paints, pen and ink, with resident artist Carole Zink from 10 a.m. to noon Wednesdays at the Ellicott City Senior Center. Classes run Sept. 15 through Oct. 20. Cost is $38. Information: 410-313-1421.

Blood pressure screenings Stop in from 9:30 a.m. to noon Tuesdays at the Ellicott City Senior Center for free blood pressure readings administered by a registered nurse. Information: 410-313-1425.

Toastmasters club A new club is forming in Ellicott City. A meeting will be held from 11 a.m. to noon Saturday, Aug. 28, at the YMCA, 4331 Montgomery Road. Information: 410-965-7690.

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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