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Busy season for Howard County Ballet Company [Ellicott City]

Peter Pan, Tinkerbell, Wendy and the Lost Boys battled the evil Captain Hook recently during Howard County Ballet's production of "Peter Pan," choreographed by HCB founder and director Kathi Ferguson and staged at Centennial High School.

Thirteen-year old Patapsco Middle School student Grace Bercraft, who played a Lost Boy, was part of the approximately 30-member professional and student cast.

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According to Bercraft's mother, Elliott City resident Suzette Bercraft, the HCB will hold auditions for its next production, the perennial holiday favorite, Tchaikovsky's "The Nutcracker," in September. Auditions are open to the public.

The HCB offers year-long classes through its Ballet School housed at the Howard County Center at 8510 High Ridge Road in Ellicott City. Registration has begun for summer classes including a week-long day intensive for ages 10 through 17 years old complete with a last day class trip to New York City's Broadway Dance Center. To view summer classes and learn more about HCB, go to http://www.howardcountyballet.org.

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Reminder, registered voters! Early voting for the 2014 Primary Elections starts Thursday, June 12, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., in Ellicott City, at the Miller Branch Library meeting room. Primary election day is Tuesday, June 24.

Students, are you looking for a summer volunteer job? Check this out — Glenelg High School junior and Girl Scout Logan McDonough is organizing a peer-tutoring group for the Howard County public school's Comprehensive Summer School Program. As part of her Girl Scout Gold Award project, McDonough is "looking for HCPSS students to help the effort by volunteering as a peer tutor for any period of time during the June 23- Aug. 1 session." Students volunteers are encouraged to help in any subject/level offered in summer school.

"It will be a great opportunity to help students from all over the county as well as demonstrate and enforce knowledge of your favorite subject," wrote McDonough. To volunteer, contact McDonough by June 10 at LMcDonough97@gmail.com.

Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7472 is hosting a fundraiser to support local veterans at Bob Evans restaurant in Ellicott City, Saturday, June 21, between the hours of 7 a.m. and 9 p.m. The restaurant will donate 15 percent of the bill to the Post's veterans relief fund when customers present a fundraiser flyer at the time of purchase. Download a flyer from the Post's website at http://www.vfw7472.org. 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 at 410-465-1801.

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Meet "Benjamin Banneker" at the fifth annual Colonial Market Fair, Saturday, June 14, and Sunday, June15, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Benjamin Banneker Historical Park and Museum, 300 Oella Ave. in Catonsville — just over the Ellicott City line in historic downtown.

The interactive celebration of 18th century history and early American life is free to the pubic and promises to entertain all ages. Retrace the footsteps of Benjamin Banneker, watch re-enactors and craftsmen wow you with exhibits on blacksmithing and corn-broom making, play colonial games, listen to a fife and drum corps and learn country dances from the Capriccio Catch club.

Attendees are even welcome to arrive wearing 18th century garb. Food for purchase will be available, including Ellicott City's own LaLa's Hot Dogs.

For additional information, go to  benjaminbanneker.wordpress.comcontact or call 410-887-1081. For special accommodations (language interpreter, large print, etc.), contact BBHPM office or the Therapeutic Office at 410-887-5370/TDD: 410-887-5319, as early as possible.  The Benjamin Banneker Historical Park and Museum is owned by the Baltimore County Department of Recreation and Parks and supported by the Friends of BBHPM.

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