Ellicott City

Youth dance

The Elkridge Volunteer Fire Department's Junior Firefighters will hold a "Wacky Tacky" dance for youths ages 9-15 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 25, at the firehouse, 6275 Old Washington Road in Elkridge. Tickets are $10. Pizza, hot dogs, pretzels, nachos, candy, water and soda will be for sale. Information: 410-761-6633 or go to elkridgevfd.org.

Decorator show house

Historic Ellicott City Inc. presents its 26th annual Decorator Show House. Witching Hour Farm, at 15475 Old Frederick Road in Woodbine, was built 100 years ago and named for a previous owner's favorite horse. It is a seven-bedroom home on 80 acres. Show house includes a tour, which features items for sale, a boutique, antique shop and garden shop. Open through Oct. 17. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays-Wednesdays, Fridays-Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursdays, and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door. Information: 410-461-6908 or historicec.com.

Quilt exhibit

"Stitches in Time/Threads of Change: An Exhibition of Maryland Community Quilts" 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.

'Bark for Life'

Howard County's Relay for Life will hold "Bark for Life," a dog walk to support the American Cancer Society, taking place from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 25, at Worthington Park, 8170 Hillsborough Road. Registration is $15 per dog and includes a bandana; deluxe registration is $30 and includes a T-shirt for the owner. Leashes and proof of rabies vaccination are required. Information: 410-781-4316 or go to http://www.howardrfl.com.

'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 bridge was built and contains images and pictures of the viaduct in use. Visitors can 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.

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 linda3athome@msn.com.

Around town

Exercise Essentials to Manage Arthritis Classes will be held 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays through Oct. 20 at the Ellicott City Senior Center, 9401 Frederick Road. Cost is $33. Information: 410-313-1425.

Line dancing Classes for beginners as well as more advanced students will be held 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thursdays through Oct. 21 at the Ellicott City Senior Center. Cost is $27.

Dance to the hits Workout class meets from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays through Oct. 21 at the Ellicott City Senior Center. Cost is $65.

'Tappin with Jackie' Learn basic tap dance moves with Jackie Dunphy from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Wednesdays at the Ellicott City Senior Center. Classes run through Oct. 20. Cost is $38. Information: 410-313-1421.

'Working With Watercolors' Learn the fundamentals of drawing shapes, values, textures and designs, using pencil, watercolor paints, pen and ink, with resident artist Carole Zink from 10 a.m. to noon Wednesdays at the Ellicott City Senior Center. Classes run through Oct. 20. Cost is $38. Information: 410-313-1421.

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

Chess 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.

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

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