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AREA PARENTS in search of after-school activities for their children might want to take advantage of programs offered by North County Recreation Center.

Teen Club for middle school pupils will meet from 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays beginning Sept. 26 at the rec center at 200 Hammonds Lane.

Emily Tomasini, teen activities coordinator for the county, said a wide range of activities will be available. "We will have weekly field trip, homework help and guest speakers. There will also be a community service project that the students will choose and work on."

The cost is $10 per child for a six-week session.

Kids Club at Park Elementary School will provide activities for younger children from 3:15 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, beginning Sept. 26. The cost is $5 for a six-week session.

"We will have storytellers, harmonica lessons and field trips every other week," Tomasini said.

To ensure that children get home safely, Tomasini said, bus transportation will be provided. "There were concerns about crossing Ritchie Highway at rush hour, and it will be dark in the winter," she said, adding that bus service will be provided as long as there is demand for it.

The county's Local Management Board approved funding for the program, overseeing a grant from Maryland's After School Opportunity Fund, she said.

Advance registration for both programs is required. Call 410-222- 7313.

Brooklyn Heights meeting

Brooklyn Heights Improvement Association will meet at 7 p.m. tomorrow at Brooklyn Park Library, 1 E. 11th Ave.

A general meeting will be held to address the concerns of community residents. Joseph Collini, president of the association, said discussion will include the local "HotSpots/Quality of Life Initiative."

Membership is open to all residents and area business owners. Information: 410-636-8020.

Library magic

The Brooklyn Branch of the Enoch Pratt Free Library will hold a "Magic at the Library Open House" from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday.

Branch Manager Caroline Bahr said the evening is an opportunity for area residents to visit and learn about library programs. "We invite all the people, especially those who have never been here, to see what we have to offer," she said.

The meeting will include Internet demonstrations, gifts and a magic show.

The Brooklyn library is at 300 E. Patapsco Ave. Information: 410- 396-1120.

St. Athanasius activities

Members of the Women's Club of St. Athanasius Roman Catholic Church have been busy planning for fall activities.

First up is the club's fifth annual fashion show, at 7 p.m. Sept. 29 in the church hall on Prudence Street in Curtis Bay. Members will provide a buffet, and Dress Barn of Severna Park will provide the fashions. Tickets are $9 in advance and $10 at the door.

If seeing the fall fashions makes you want a new wardrobe, join the club on its next activity - an Oct. 26 bus trip to outlet stores in Rehoboth, Del.

The bus will leave the church parking lot at 8 a.m. and return at 9:30 p.m. A dinner stop will be made on the way home.

Tickets are $23 and include transportation only. Payment is due by Sept. 26.

Information: Martha Whalen, 410-789-1236, or Anita Cheswick, 410-355-5874.

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