Howard Community Events May 18-25, 2006

Howard Community Events May 18-25, 2006

Thursday, May 18, 2006

Thursday 18

COLUMBIA TEEN PARTY, for teenagers and their younger siblings, includes a disc jockey, door prizes, arts and crafts and pizza, sponsored by the Columbia Association Teen Center, 4-6 p.m. the third Thursday of each month, the Barn, Oakland Mills Village Center, 5851 Robert Oliver Pl. Free. 410-992-3726.

COLUMBIA MOVIE RELEASE SHOW, large-screen showing of the new DVD release of "The New World" (2005), starring Colin Farrell and Christopher Plummer, popcorn and drinks provided, 7 p.m., East Columbia Branch Library, 6600 Cradlerock Way. Free. 410-313-7700.

ELKRIDGE BOOK DISCUSSION, for children ages 7-9 accompanied by an adult, "Love, Ruby Lavender," by Deborah Wiles, sponsored by the library's Elks Jr. Book Club, 7 p.m., Elkridge Branch Library, 6540 Washington Blvd. Free. 410-313-5085.

Friday 19

ELKRIDGE GIRLS SOCIAL PROGRAM, for girls ages 12-15 to discuss favorite books, movies and music; craft activities and guest speakers, 4-5 p.m., Elkridge Branch Library, 6540 Washington Blvd. Free; registration required. 410-313-5077.

Saturday 20

GUNPOWDER FALLS STATE PARK HIKE, a nine-mile hike through the Hereford area to the Prettyboy Dam and back, along the Gunpowder Falls River; bring lunch and water; sponsored by the Sierra Club Howard County Group, carpool departure, 8:30 a.m., from the Long Gate Parkway Park and Ride lot, east of Route 29, off Route 100, Ellicott City. Free. 410-767-0106.

LAUREL BUTTERFLY PROGRAM, for age 10 and older, a guided 2.5-mile hike to learn about butterflies and the ecosystem and identify species common to Maryland; field guides recommended; bring water, 8:30-11 a.m., Patuxent Research Refuge, North Tract, Route 198, between Baltimore-Washington Parkway and Route 32, Laurel. Free; registration required. 301-497-5887.

COLUMBIA BABY-SITTING PROGRAM, for ages 11-14 to learn about first-aid skills, emergency procedures, age-appropriate activities and more; includes hands-on activities and certificates for participants; sponsored by the Columbia Teen Center, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., the Barn, Oakland Mills Village Center, 5851 Robert Oliver Pl., $48; Columbia residents, $40; registration required. 410-992-3726.

NATURE PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP, taught by wildlife photographer John Orehovec, with a focus on photography as art. Learn about the use of light, composition and strategies for capturing nature on film, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Patuxent Research Refuge, National Wildlife Visitor Center, off Powder Mill Road, between Baltimore-Washington Parkway and Route 197, Laurel. $37.50; registration required. 301-497-5887.

WOODSTOCK KIDS NATURE PROGRAM, for ages 5-8, discussion and activities about nature, sponsored by the Howard County Conservancy, 10-11:30 a.m., Mount Pleasant Farm, Gudelsky Environmental Education Center, 10520 Old Frederick Rd., Woodstock. $7.50; registration required. 410-465-8877.

ELLICOTT CITY GARDENING TALK, "Ask a Master Gardener," bring your questions, 10 a.m.-noon Saturdays; 7-8:30 p.m. Mondays, Miller Branch Library, 9421 Frederick Rd., Ellicott City. Free. 410-313-1950.

ICE CREAM TASTING, for ages 11 and older, learn about the ice cream-making business and taste a variety of flavors from different companies, 2-4 p.m., Savage Branch Library, Gorman and Knights Bridge roads, Laurel. Free; registration required. 410-880-5980.

Sunday 21

GREAT FALLS NATIONAL PARK, an eight-mile hike over rocks along the Potomac River on the Billy Goat Trail and through woods on the Gold Mine Trail; look for a variety of birds, reptiles and amphibians; bring lunch and water, sponsored by the Sierra Club Howard County Group, carpool departure 8:30 a.m. from Route 32 and Broken Land Parkway, west side Park and Ride lot, bus patron area, Columbia. Free. 301-725-3306.

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