St. Augustine School's Race for Education brings in $20,000


St. Augustine School in Elkridge has announced that the school's first Race for Education raised $20,000.

Pupils in kindergarten through eighth grade competed in the outdoor race around the school's parking lot May 13. They raised money by asking family members, friends and neighbors to sponsor them.

The third grade, which brought in $2,685, was the top fund-raiser, and second-grader Emma Madera was the top individual fund-raiser; she raised $430. Contributions were received from around the United States, England, Puerto Rico and Canada.

Proceeds will be used to buy computer software and pay for technology training and materials for teachers.

Volunteer firefighters award 3 scholarships

The Ellicott City Volunteer Firemen's Association Inc. has awarded scholarships for the 2005-2006 academic year to three of its members.

Sam Ian Diener, Jaclyn Michelle Leaf and Amy Nicole Ruppel each received an award of $1,000.

Landscape painting class set for those 55 and older

An outdoor landscape painting class, for those ages 55 and older, is planned from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesdays, this week, and July 5, 12 and 19 at Kiwanis-Wallas Recreation Center in Ellicott City.

Zina Poliszuk will lead the class, which will change painting locations every one to two weeks. Carpools can be arranged. A supply list and map with class locations will be discussed at the first class.

The cost is $26. Registration is due as soon as possible.

Information: 410-313-7279.

Around Town

Bookcovers available:

Third-grade artists at Rockburn Elementary School in Elkridge have provided illustrations for new Howard County farm bookcovers. Each cover in the three-set collection shows local landscapes and farms as painted by the young artists. The covers are printed on durable glossy paper and are available free to Howard County elementary school-age children at the offices in Suite 500, 6751 Columbia Gateway Drive, Columbia, or at the Howard County Fair, in the Main Exhibition Hall at the fairgrounds. 410-313-6500 or

Civil War heritage:

Howard County Recreation and Parks' Ellicott City Consortium will present "Keys to Our Past," a Civil War Heritage Weekend, on July 9 and 10 in Ellicott City. Book signing, lectures, a Civil War court martial, a fife and drum corps muster, firing demonstrations, Civil War fashions, children's games and re-enactors will be on hand. A Civil War-era costume ball "The Unity Ball," is planned from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. July 9 at Patapsco Female Institute Historic Park. Proper attire will be pre-1865. Gilmore's Light Ensemble will provide Victorian music, and dancing (with instruction) will be in the stabilized ruins of the institute. Light refreshments will be available. The cost is $40 a couple; $25 a person. Reservations and tickets are required. 410-313-7275.

Living history:

The Ellicott City B&O; Railroad Station Museum will continue its two-day World War II living history event, "German POWs in Howard County," from noon to 5 p.m. today. The weekend, which is planned in conjunction with the museum's continuing exhibit, "World War II: The Home Front," will focus on the use of German POWs in United States as part of the work force. Military vehicles will be on display. Admission is $5; $4 for students and senior citizens. Children to age 13 pay $3; those to age 3 will be admitted free. The museum is at 2711 Maryland Ave., Ellicott City. The last admission is a half-hour before closing. 410-461-1944, or

Bingo, lunch:

The Ladies Auxiliary of VFW Post 8097, 7209 Montevideo Road, Elkridge, will hold a bingo, lunch and bake sale from 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. today. Lunch will be served from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.; bingo will be played from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. The bake sale will remain open until it is sold out.

Conversation club:

The Miller branch library, 9421 Frederick Road, Ellicott City, offers an English Conversation Club from 7:45 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. Mondays. The club is intended for adults and teenagers who speak English as a second or third language and who want to practice in a group setting. Registration is requested. 410-313-1950.

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