Forestry board to sponsor tree identification tour


The Howard County Forestry Board will sponsor its first Tree Identification Walking Tour, identifying more than 20 species at Lake Elkhorn's arboretum.

The one-hour tour, which will be led by forestry board members Jim Rose and Betsy McMillion, will be held June 11. Participants will meet at the parking lot for Lake Elkhorn, just off Cradlerock Way. Admission is free. Participants should wear comfortable shoes and bring binoculars. Children age 12 and younger must be accompanied by an adult. Reservations are required by 4 p.m. Friday.

Information or to reserve a place: 410-796-7019.

The Lake Elkhorn Arboretum was created last year through a partnership of the Howard County Forestry Board and the Columbia Association.

Talk on roses set at Columbia library

The east Columbia library branch, 6600 Cradlerock Way, will sponsor a talk by master gardeners, "All About Roses," at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

Participants can bring their questions about rose gardening.

Information: 410-313-7700.


Graduate -- Air Force Maj. Joshua W. Meyer, whose wife, Heather, is the daughter of Michael and Holly McFarland of Allview, graduated from the Air Force Institute of Technology at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. He earned a master's degree in applied physics and received a promotion to his current rank.

Around Town

Bridge -- A drop-in bridge program is being offered from noon to 3 p.m. Tuesdays at the 50+ Center at the east Columbia library. A 30-minute lecture is included. Players of all levels are welcome to refresh skills, learn bridge conventions and meet friends. Mentoring is available. The cost is $6. 410-290-5430.

Martial arts -- The Long Reach Community Association will offer "Top Dogg" martial arts classes from Tuesday through Aug. 1. A class for tots will be offered from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays; a class for children ages 7 and older and adults will be held from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. The cost for the eight-week class is $169. Cardio kick boxing for ages 16 and older will be offered from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. The cost is $189; $220 for couples. A 5 percent discount is available for those living on Columbia Association-assessed property.

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