Ellicott City

Youth Dance

The Elkridge Volunteer Fire Department's Junior Firefighters sponsors a Wacky Tacky youth dance for ages 9 to 15, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21, at 6275 Old Washington Road. Food and beverages, which include pizza, corn dogs, pretzels, nachos, candy, water and sodas will be for sale. The department exercises a "no exceptions" policy on appropriate behavior and dress code and also enforces a strict adult sign-in and sign-out procedure for attendance. Tickets are $10. Information: 410-761-6633.

Genealogical help desk

The Howard County Genealogical Society offers a free help desk at 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21, at the Howard County Library's Miller branch, 9421 Frederick Road. Help is available for researching all areas of the U.S., Europe and other countries. Information: 410-480-3250.


A discussion on "Bible Prophecy" will take place at 2 p.m. Sept. 22 at Christadelphians of Baltimore, 6311 Loudon Ave. in Elkridge. Free to all. Information: 410-465-4369.

Meet the author

Brian Boyle will read from, sign and discuss his book, "Iron Heart: The True Story of How I Came Back from the Dead," at 7 p.m. Sept. 23 at Howard County Library's Miller branch, 9421 Frederick Road. He recounts how he finished the Hawaii Iron man race 2007, just three years after being in a medically induced coma after suffering a nearly fatal car accident at age 18. Information: 410-313-1950.

Around town

English conversation The Miller branch of the Howard County Public Library, 9421 Frederick Road, offers "Let's Get Together: English Conversation Club," 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.

These events take place at the Ellicott City Senior Center, 9401 Frederick Road, 410-313-1421:

Piano lessons Diane Waslick teaches a half-hour session Mondays through Fridays. Cost is $30.

Blood pressure screenings Stop in from 9 a.m. to noon Tuesdays for free blood pressure readings by a registered nurse. Information: 410-313-1425.

Monthly bingo Games will be held beginning at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 24. Cost is $4.

'Food for Life' Dietitian Rona Martiyan will provide information on diet and nutrition at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 18.

'NIH Ocular Presentation' The presentation at 11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 19, will focus on eye diseases and disorders such as retinal detachments, vein occlusions, age-related macular degeneration and how uncontrolled diabetes can affect your sight.

Fundraiser The center will hold a Book and Bake Sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 24-27. Find a good book and pick up a fresh-baked treat while you shop. Proceeds fund the center's events and programming.

'Simple Steps to Safety' Learn how to keep yourself safe in the home as Harriet Watkins gives fall-prevention tips from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 25.

'Ask the Pharmacist' Don Hamilton provides updates and information concerning your medications at 11 a.m. Monday, Sept. 30. Bring questions, drug lists or prescription containers for discussion.

Also at the center:

•Billiards, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.

•Pingpong, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays and Fridays.

•Pinochle, noon to 3 p.m. Mondays and Fridays.

•Mah-jongg, 9 a.m. Tuesdays.

•Spring Insighters, 12:30 p.m. Tuesdays.

•Needlework Club, 1 p.m. Wednesdays.

•Canasta, 1 p.m. Thursdays.

•Spring Men's Forum, 10:30 a.m. Thursdays.

•Movies/documentaries, 1 p.m. Fridays.

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