Ellicott City: Chesapeake Shakespeare Company in the Ruins celebrates 10 years under the stars

Now in its tenth year, Ellicott City's Chesapeake Shakespeare Company in the Ruins will soon begin another summer season offering one the most unique theater experiences in the area.

Located in an open-air theater set amongst the backdrop of the historic ruins of the Patuxent Female Institute's Historic Park, it's no wonder why in 2010 Money Magazine featured the outdoor theater when it ranked Ellicott City/Columbia No. 2 on its list of 100 Best Places to Live.

The summer season starts tomorrow Friday, June 8, with "Romeo and Juliet" by William Shakespeare.

Then, "Pride and Prejudice" by Jane Austen, adapted by Christina Calvit, makes its debut Friday, June 22. Both shows will be performed on select Thursdays through Sundays until the end of July.

Theater gates open 90 minutes prior to the show to allow ticket holders the opportunity to bring a picnic and enjoy "The Show Before The Show" — interactive entertainment that includes musicians, poets, a costume booth, period games, dances and stage combat demonstrations.

Don't forget to check out the ticket discounts available, including senior, students under 25 and package deals. Kids under 19 are free when accompanied by a paying adult (limit is two free kid tickets for each paying adult).

Free admission is also offered to all active military. For ticket sales and more information, visit the company's website at http://www.chesapeakeshakespeare.com or call 410-313-8661.

Calling all Howard High School Class of 1972 alumni! Reunion committee members Judy Wheeler and Donna Schult would like to invited you to a 40th reunion celebration on Saturday, Oct. 13, from 7 p.m. to midnight at Jilly's Bar and Grill.

The event will feature light hor d'oeuvres and a cash bar. Advance tickets are $10 per person ($12 at door, but reservations are suggested). Send your checks payable to Howard High Class of '72 to Judy Shehan Wheeler, 6288 Montgomery Road, Elkridge MD 21075. For more information or regrets contact howardclassof72@gmail.com.

Please note Howard High school's Homecoming game and festivities will take place the same day.

Interested in learning about natural first aid remedies, skin care and effective remedies for weight management? Ellicott City Pharmacy is hosting a free class and lunch on Tuesday, June 12, with herbalist and nutritionist Margo Gladding to discuss these topics and more.

The class is open to the first 20 people and reservations are required. To make a reservation, go to the pharmacy's website http://www.ellicottcitypharmacy.com call 410-750-1951.

County Councilman Calvin Ball, in partnership with Howard County General Hospital, is sponsoring his fourth annual Men's Health Fair at Howard High school this Saturday, June 9, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The event will feature free health screenings and healthy food samples, live music, opportunities to talk with fitness and health professionals and giveaways.

The National Kidney Foundation of Maryland will be on hand to conduct its free KEY (Kidneys: Evaluate Yours) screening to identify early markers for high blood pressure, diabetes and kidney disease in folks 18 years or older.

Additional health screenings include spinal, pulmonary function, dental, vision, blood pressure and more. The fair is free to all attendees. Women and children are welcome. For more information contact Kimberlly Pruim at 410-313-3105.

Alta at Regency Crest Apartment Homes is sponsoring a free Nintendo Wii Bowling League for seniors every Tuesday at 4 p.m.

Held in the wellness center, the league is designed for both novice and experienced players. Staff will be on hand to teach beginners. Come alone or with friends.

Next league play is June 12. For more information and to register, call 410-418-4666. Alta at Regency Crest is an active adult luxury living community located in Ellicott City at 3305 Oak West Drive.

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