Ellicott City

December 04, 2010

'Walk to Bethlehem'

Glen Mar United Methodist Church sponsors its annual "Walk to Bethlehem" on Sunday, Dec. 5, at the church, 4701 New Cut Road. This free indoor-outdoor theatrical event runs from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Visitors can see the Christmas story with live animals, hear carols and experience a biblical marketplace. Information: 410-465-4995 or go to glenmarumc.org.

Donations needed

The Ellicott City Senior Center will be collecting donations for the Karis Home, a division of the Baltimore Rescue Mission, throughout December. The home provides short-term emergency help for homeless men, women and children. They need new undergarments (T-shirts, socks, underwear and slippers), and new bed pillows and cases. Donations can be dropped off between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Mondays-Fridays at the center, 9401 Frederick Road. Information: 410-313-1425.

Train garden

The "Holiday Festival of Trains," presented by the B&O Railroad Museum, will be on display through Jan. 30 at 2711 Maryland Ave. The exhibit features a custom-built, O-scale model train layout. In addition to the museum's permanent HO layout, Thomas the Tank Engine G-scale and O-scale Crazy Train layouts are on display. Hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesdays-Sundays, (closed Dec. 24-25 and Jan. 1). Admission is $5, $4 for seniors 60 and older, $3 for children 2-12, free for B&O members. Information: 410-461-1945.

Quilt exhibit

"Stitches in Time/Threads of Change: An Exhibition of Maryland Community Quilts" 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.

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.

Around town

Holiday program The Bushy Park Elementary School Chorus performs its annual holiday program at 11 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 9, at the Ellicott Senior Center. Free.

50+ Players Festive Holiday Show Musical theater program kicks off the holidays at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 7, at the Ellicott City Senior Center. Free.

Genealogy class Genealogist Bill Amos will help participants find information on their family tree, 11 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 15, at the Ellicott City Senior Center. Free.

Brain fitness Robin Zahor teaches participants how to keep their minds sharp using techniques designed to improve cognitive function, 11 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 16, at the Ellicott City Senior Center. Free.

Exercise program A stroke exercise program will be held 10:45 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at the Ellicott City Senior Center, 9401 Frederick Road. Information: 410-313-1425.

Meet the authors Donald and Ann Torres will be at the Ellicott Senior Center at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 7, for a signing and discussion of their new book, "The Story of Balsam and the Little Christmas Tree." Free.

Table tennis Play pingpong from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays and Fridays at the Ellicott City Senior Center. Free.

Cards Play pinochle from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesdays at the Ellicott City Senior Center. Free.

Billiards Play pool from 9 a.m. to noon Wednesdays and 9 a.m.to 4 p.m. Fridays at the Ellicott City Senior Center. Free.

Needlework club Bring knitting, sewing or needlework projects and supplies to the Ellicott City Senior Center at 1 p.m. Wednesdays. Free.

Workshop Madline Taylor hosts a journaling workshop at 10:30 a.m. Thursdays at the Ellicott City Senior Center. Free.

Movies Afternoon screenings take place at 12:45 p.m. Fridays at the Ellicott City Senior Center. Cost is $1.

Blood pressure screenings Stop in from 9:30 a.m. to noon Tuesdays (except Dec. 28) at the Ellicott City Senior Center for free blood pressure readings administered by a registered nurse. Information: 410-313-1425.

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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