State announces funding for pedestrian walkway


Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. has announced funding of more than $322,500 for construction of a pathway for pedestrians and cyclists along Broken Land Parkway, between Cradlerock Way and Snowden River Parkway.

The project will cost more than $645,000. The Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks will pay the rest of the costs.

Construction of the 4,370-foot trail is scheduled to begin in the summer of 2007, and to be completed by late fall, weather permitting.

Christ UMC plans summer Bible school

Christ United Methodist Church, which meets in the Owen Brown Interfaith Center, 7246 Cradlerock Way, will offer vacation Bible school from 6 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. June 25 to 29.

The theme is "Fiesta: Where Kids Are Fired Up About Jesus."

Information: 410-381-6329.

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 at all levels are welcome to refresh skills, learn bridge conventions and meet friends. Mentoring is available. The cost is $6. 410- 290-5430.

At Long Reach -- The Long Reach Community Association is offering "Top Dogg" martial arts classes through Aug. 1. A class for tots is offered from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays; a class for children ages 7 and older and adults is to 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 is 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.

The association is offering "Stepping Out," a class in positive styles, attitudes, behaviors, manners and self-confidence, for boys and girls ages 8 to 13, from 10 a.m. to noon Saturdays, through July 22, at Stonehouse in Long Reach Village Center. The cost is $150. 410- 730-8113.

Kids at the library -- The east Columbia library, 6600 Cradlerock Way, is offering "Market Tales," a program of stories with summer themes, songs and a craft for children to age 5 (children to age 3 must be accompanied by an adult) at 10:30 a.m. Thursdays through Aug. 31 and 2:30 p.m. Thursdays through Aug. 31. The program will be held while the farmers' market is in the library parking lot. Tickets will be distributed at the children's desk a half-hour before each event. 410-313-7730.

Free concerts -- Free Monday night concerts at Lake Elkhorn will begin at 7 p.m. July 10, when Slim Harrison & Sunnyland Music will perform. The Dixie Power Trio will play New Orleans jazz July 17, and Walt Michael will entertain with American music and its roots July 24. A performance by the Kinderman is scheduled for July 31. The concerts will be held at the band shell (the red gazebo) at the spillway. In case of inclement weather, the shows will be held in the pavilion at the lake. 410-730-4610.

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