Howard County Times

Ellicott City

'Much Ado About Nothing'

Final performance by the Chesapeake Shakespeare Company takes place at 5 p.m. Sunday, July 11, at Patapsco Female Institute Historic Park, 3691 Sarah's Lane. Tickets are $25, $23 for seniors, $15 for students younger than 25, and free for those 18 and younger with a paying adult. Tickets and information: 866-811-4111 or



Registration is under way for the Elkridge Youth Organization fall soccer program for players ages 4-18. Games will be played at Rockburn Park. There are no tryouts required, and all players will get substantial playing time. Late registration ends Aug. 15. Registration and information:


'Roads to Rails: The Thomas Viaduct'

Exhibit running through Nov. 7 at the B&O; Railroad Museum, 2711 Maryland Ave. in Ellicott City, explains how the viaduct was built and contains images and pictures of the viaduct in use. Visitors can also learn about Phillip Thomas, president of the B&O;, for whom the bridge is named, and the engineer, Benjamin Latrobe. The viaduct, which spans the Patapsco River in Relay, was completed July 4, 1835. Hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesdays-Sundays. Information: 410-461-1945.

Quilt exhibit

"Stitches in Time/Threads of Change: An Exhibition of Maryland Community Quilts" exhibit continues through March 31 at the Benjamin Banneker Historical Park & Museum, 300 Oella Ave. The "Banneker Historical Quilt," a project more than five years in the making, is the centerpiece of the exhibit. Information: 410-887-1081.

Seeking coaches

The Ellicott City Patriots Youth Football & Cheer Program is looking for volunteers to serve as head coaches, assistant coaches, stunt coaches, dance coaches, gymnastics coaches, fitness trainers and competition-level coaches. Information: Linda Lagala-Spano, 410-461-1225, or


Around town


Blood pressure screenings

Stop in from 9:30 a.m. to noon Tuesdays at the Ellicott City Senior Center, 9401 Frederick Road, for free blood pressure readings administered by a registered nurse. Information: 410-313-1425.

Brain fitness

Robin Zahor leads a class at 11 a.m. Thursday, July 15, at the Ellicott City Senior Center, on how to keep the mind sharp by using techniques designed to keep the brain in top shape and improve cognitive performance. Free. Information: 410-313-1425.


The Elkridge branch of the Howard County Library, 6540 Washington Blvd., sponsors a chess club for ages 13 and older from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays. Players of all abilities are welcome. Information: 410-313-7723.


English conversation

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

Piano lessons

Diane Waslick offers half-hour lessons at the Ellicott City Senior Center, 9401 Frederick Road, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Fridays, by appointment. Cost is $28 per session. Information: 410-313-1400.

Kiwanis meets

The Kiwanis Club of Ellicott City meets at 6:45 p.m. Mondays at 3300 Norberts Way. Information: 410-418-8218 or