Travel back in time and tour Great Baltimore Fire area

Travel through Baltimore's "Burnt District" with the Fire Museum of Maryland and see how firemen fought the third worst fire in U.S. history. The Great Baltimore Fire of 1904 motor coach tour is Feb. 10, from 1 to 4:15 p.m., on the 109th anniversary weekend of the conflagration. Historians Wayne Schaumburg and Stephen Heaver will lead the tour through the area where 86 downtown blocks and 1,500 buildings were destroyed in 30 hours. Preceding the tour is a slide-show presentation and discussion. Advance registration is required. For additional information, call the museum at 410-321-7500 or go to

The Lutherville-Timonium Recreation Council's popular RAC, or Ridgely Activity Center, for middle-school students is coming up next Friday, Feb. 8, from 7:30 to 10 p.m. at Ridgely Middle School. Students enjoy many activities including dancing, board games, pingpong, gym activities and video games. Snacks and beverages are available for purchase. Students can pre-register online to save money and avoid lines. Walk-in registrants pay an additional $10 processing fee; a parent must accompany the child to complete forms. For additional information, contact RAC chair Kelly Scheel at 410-560-5737 or email co-chair Hilary Harrington at

The L.T.R.C. Cooperative Tots Preschool program is now accepting applications for the 2013-2014 school year. The program is located at Pinewood Elementary School. All children must be 3 or 4 years old (depending on their class) by Dec. 31 of the school year. Because it is a co-op, parents volunteer to help several times a month and are involved in the class and see their children participating firsthand. My grandson recently attended the program, and I was able to spend time with him in the classroom. If you have any questions or would like an admission application, please contact Jason Gardnerat 443-326-9899 or

If your teen is looking for some part-time work, the L.T.R.C. is hiring part-time staff for the spring sport season. Applicants must be at least 15 years old and available to work weeknights and weekends.

Please contact the rec council office at 410-887-7684, or email .

The Towsontowne Recreation Council brings rollerskating for children ages 5-12 to Ridgely Middle School several Saturdays this winter. Sessions are Feb. 2 and 16, and March 2 and 16, with skating is from 4 - 6 p.m. Cost is $5 per session. Very few loaner skates are available, so it is recommended that children bring their own skates. For more information, contact the Towsontowne Rec Office at 410-887-5913.

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