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Drop by the brewery and learn some railroad history [Ellicott City]

Calling all history buffs.  On Saturday, Oct. 11, from 2 to 4 p.m., the Howard County Historical Society and Ellicott Mills Brewing Co. are hosting a free lecture, "Howard County and the Great Railroad Strike of 1877," presented by Community College of Baltimore County retired Professor Bill Barry, author of the new book, "The Great Railroad Strike of 1877 in Baltimore".

Learn how the 1877 strike, also known as the "Great Upheaval," was a major turning point in United States labor history, and how it affected cities all along the B&O Railroad, including Baltimore and Ellicott City.

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The event, held at the Ellicott Mills Brewing Co., 8308 Main St., in historic Ellicott City, will feature handcrafted microbrews and food specials for purchase during the lecture.

For more information, call the Howard County Historical Society at 410-480-3250 or go to www.ellicottmillsbrewing.com.

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New date announced — the Glen Mar Family 5K and 1-Mile Walk is Saturday, Nov. 1, at 9 a.m. (originally scheduled for Oct. 11) starting at Glen Mar United Methodist Church, 4701 New Cut Road in Ellicott City.

The event will benefit the Howard County Food Bank. Participants are asked to bring nonperishable food to the event. Cost for either course is $25 with registration on or before Oct. 19 and $30 after Oct. 19.  5K registrants can sign up to participate as individuals or in teams of three or more.

Register at www.active.com  by entering "Glen Mar United Methodist Church" in the search engine. For more information, call Connie Ballenger at 410-796-0290.

Ragnarok Robotics, Mount Hebron High School's FIRST Robotics Competition team,  achieved the highest scoring match in the team's history at the eighth annual Battle O' Baltimore robotics tournament recently, according to team mentor Jeff Becraft.

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The MHHS FRC Team student members designed, built, programmed and drove 120 lb. robots in competitions of Aerial Assist, a unique FIRST Robotics Competition game that combines aspects of basketball and soccer. The students competed as part of the Blue Alliance group, a combination of school teams, that scored a 185-22 victory in Aerial Assist.

Sponsored in part by Motorola Solutions Foundation, Leidos, and Booz Allen Hamilton, the FRC team welcomes new MHHS student members, mentors and sponsors.  For more information, go to the team's website at http://www.RagnarokRobotics.org.

Louis van Amstel, a performer on "Dancing with the Stars" and choreographer on the popular "So You Think You Can Dance" television shows, is coming to Howard County.

Megan Sussman Cooperman, a Columbia Association group fitness supervisor, informed me that van Amstel will be teaching a master class from his new LaBlast dance fitness program on Sunday, Oct. 19, from 11 a.m. to noon at the Columbia Gym, at 6151 Daylong Lane (River Hill Village Center) in Columbia.

LaBlast is for people of all ages and fitness levels. The master class is open to the public. The cost is $25 for sign up between Oct. 1 and 18, or $30 at the door. Register and pay at any CA fitness facility or via telephone at Columbia Athletic Club, 5435 Beaverkill Road in Harper's Choice, 410-730-6744; Columbia Gym, 6151 Daylong Lane in River Hill, 410-531-0800; and Supreme Sports Club, 7080 Deepage Drive in Columbia, 410-381-5355.

KidSpace will be available free for KidSpace members and $8 per child for non-members. For more information on van Amstel, go to LouisvanAmstel.com.

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