Ellicott City: Outback Steakhouse, Dancel Family Center YMCA to host 5K and fun run March 25

It's a family friendly run for a great cause. Outback Steakhouse and Dancel Family Center Y are hosting their annual 5K and Fun Run March 25 to raise critically-needed scholarship funds that help support programming for underserved families and children in Howard County. Participants will meet at the Long Gate Shopping Center for the race and fun run being held from 8:30 am until 11:30 am

For information about entry fees and registration call Jay Wilson at 410-465-4334 or go to the Y website at http://www.ymaryland.org or Facebook page at "Y of Central Maryland."

A slight correction is needed from an item in the Feb. 16 column. I originally wrote, "If you make returns inside the library, there are two self-return stations on the upper floors and multiple stations on the first floor near the check-out and entrance."

It seems as if those cool-looking white machines are actually self-checkout machines. There is a return slot in the lobby as well as outside. Sorry to all if there was any confusion.

Join Kiwanis Club of Ellicott City members at their 11th biannual spring country breakfast, silent auction and raffle, Saturday, March 17 from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Kiwanis-Walls Park Hall (at the ballfields). The all-you-can-eat breakfast fundraiser is $7 for adults and free for children younger than 8 years old.

For information call Gus at 410-465-1891or email katsamg@nationwide.com. Learn more about the Kiwanis Club by going to the website at http://www.ellicottcitykiwanis.com.

Calling all softball players! The Cindy LaRue Softball League is looking for Howard County players age 19 and older — especially couples and women. The league features slow-pitch, non-competitive softball played on Sunday afternoons at Wilde Lake Middle School fields from late April to August.

"Our aim is to have fun in a relaxing social setting. Everyone plays and no athletic skill is required," said Morse B. Solomon, Cindy LaRue League League commissioner.

For more information and registration ($20 per person) call Solomon at 410-461-6712 or email mbsolomon@verizon.net.

Congratulations to Joan Lovelace! The Ellicott City resident was recently inducted into the Howard County Women's Athletics Hall of Fame. Lovelace is currently the head golf professional and general manager at Hobbit's Glen and Fairway Hills golf clubs.

She first garnered attention in the county as a Howard High student when she was the first girl to play golf on a high school boys team. She also excelled on the high school tennis court winning the 1977 county mixed doubles championship. Her long history of contributions to our county's sports, especially empowering youth and girls, has been immeasurable. Well deserved honor, Joan!

This is the last weekend to see Silhouette Stages' production of "Avenue Q," Broadway's Winner of the Tony "Triple Crown" for Best Musical, Best Score and Best Book. Show dates are Friday and Saturday, March 9 and 10 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, March 12 at 3 p.m.

Go to Silhouette Stages' website, http://www.silhouettestages.com, for ticket information and directions to Wilde Lake's Slayton House theater.

It's also high school musical theater season. Mark your calendar for Mt. Hebron's production of "Annie." Join Daddy Warbucks, Annie and her Municipal Girls Orphanage friends for exciting shows March 17 at 7 p.m., March 18 at 2 p.m. and March 22-24 at 7 p.m. Ticket reservations are suggested and can be made by calling the school during the day at (410) 313-2880.

Another family fun show is Centennial High School's production of "Seussical — The Musical" where the belovedDr. Seusscharacters come alive on stage. Join the Cat in the Hat, Horton the Elephant, Jojo and Gertrude McFuzz for quirky Seussical adventures during shows March 22 and 23 at 7 p.m., March 24 at 2 and 7 p.m. and March 25 at 3 p.m.

Tickets are $10 in advance at http://www.seatyourself.biz/chstheatre and $12 at the door. For more information contact Kathryn Carlsen at 410-313-2856 or at kcarlsen@hcpss.org.

Have you noticed how certain elements inside the building give a nod to the environment? The new Miller Branch Library and Historical Center was designed to achieve LEED Sliver Certification, an internationally recognized mark of excellence for sustainability practices and energy efficiency. Check out the carpet with its leaf motif, the natural lighting from the many glass windows, the majestic water fountain that welcomes visitors at the library entrance and the second floor vegetated roof. The environmental theme continues outside the building with Green events.

With spring just around the corner, the Miller Branch library will soon be in full bloom with a host of "green" activities. It starts May 9 from 2 to 6 p.m. with the first day of the new Howard County farmers market at Miller Branch (formerly at St. John's Episcopal Church). The open air market will run every Wednesday through the Fall at the same time.

Three days later, on May 12, the library will hold the highly anticipated public grand opening of the Enchanted Garden — a quarter-acre of land adjacent to the children's area dedicated to teaching health, nutrition, and environmental education to the community.

Then June 5, Howard County's USDA certified organic Breezy Willow Farm will have its first Community Supported Agriculture drop-off in the library parking lot. The 24-week summer/fall CSA allows the community to enjoy locally grown food and to support Howard County farmers by purchasing a weekly share of the farm's bounty including fresh fruits, vegetables, eggs, local artisan breads, jams and honey.

Go to the farm website for more information, including CSA registration, at http://www.breezywillowfarm.com.

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