Grand opening June 15 for new community center [Ellicott City]

On Saturday, June 15, at 9:30 a.m., Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks will host the grand opening of its new $15 million Roger Carter Community Center in Ellicott City.

The new building, located up the street from the old center at 3000 Milltown Drive (formerly Mt. Ida Drive), is a state-of-the-art, 46,000-square-foot community center that will include swimming and diving pools. With a retractable roof and doors, the center transitions to an outdoor pool in warmer months.

It also will have basketball and volleyball courts, a concession stand, classrooms, multipurpose rooms for gatherings and functions, fitness and exercise rooms, a 25-foot climbing wall, an indoor walking track, and more. For more information, call the Roger Carter Community Center at 410-313-2764.

The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7472 in partnership with Bob Evans restaurant in Ellicott City are hosting a fundraiser for the Veterans Relief Fund on Saturday, June 15, 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Simply present a flier at the time of purchase and 15 percent will be donated to the Veterans Relief Fund. The flyer can be obtained by going to the VFW website at

Bob Evans is at 4900 Beaver Run, off of Executive Park Drive, Route 100 at Exit 1 B-C. For more information, contact VFW Post 7472 Service Officer Al Hernandez, 410-465-1801.

The Howard County Historical Society invites the community to an open house at the Howard County Historical Society Museum on June 22, from 2 to 3 p.m., sponsored by Trinity United Methodist Church.

Enjoy the music of Trinity organist Ann Mellinger and St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church organist Dean Jestes on the Felgemacher pipe organ.

Admission is free and refreshments will be served. Donations are welcome. The museum is off Main Street, in Ellicott City, at 8328 Court Ave.

Remember my recent story about Girl Scout Troop 699 — the recipients of a Bronze Award for their work supporting the environment? Troop Leader Ann Strozyk wrote to me that one of the Girl Scouts, Maia Barrett, was not pictured in the photo that ran with the story. Here's a shout out to Maia, who along with her fellow troop members, make our community proud.

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