Daddy-Daughter Sweetheart Dance is Feb. 3

Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks will sponsor a Daddy-Daughter Sweetheart Dance Feb. 3 at the Kiwanis-Wallas Recreation Center, 10481 Frederick Road, Ellicott City.

Dancing, refreshments, a souvenir photo and other treats are planned.


Daughters ages 4 to 6 will dance with their dads from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.; those ages 7 to 11 will dance from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. The rain date is Feb. 10.

The cost is $35 a couple; $10 for each additional daughter.


Information: 410-313-7275; text telephone, 410-313-4665. In case of inclement weather: 410-313- 4452 after noon on the day of the event.

Mah-jongg, bridge games

Drop-in mah-jongg games are held from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Wednesdays at the Kiwanis-Wallas Recreation Center. Admission is free.

A new duplicate bridge drop-in group meets from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Fridays at the center. Coffee, tea and treats will be available. Admission is free.

Information: 410-313-7279.

Social group knits for charity

A community-service knitting and crocheting group meets to knit and crochet afghans, blankets, baby clothes and other items for charities, hospitals and senior centers.

The group meets from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month, at the Kiwanis-Wallas Recreation Center.


Donations of acrylic yarn are appreciated.

Information: 410-313-7279,

Around Town

Learning English -- The Miller branch library offers an English Conversation Club from 7:45 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. Mondays for people who speak English as a second language and would like to practice conversation in a group setting. First-time participants must register in advance. 410-313-1950.

Elkridge library -- The Elkridge library, 6540 Washington Blvd., Elkridge, offers Games Night for Teens, ages 11 to 17, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on the first Tuesday of each month. A parent-child book club for ages 11 to 17 with a parent will be offered from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month. The next meeting will be held Tuesday. The group will discuss Surviving Antartica: Reality TV 2083 by Andrea White. Registration is not required.

Chess clubs are available for ages 11 to 17 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays. Players of all skill levels are welcome but must know how to play. Registration is not necessary.


Help with homework will be available for ages 11 to 14 at the library. Snacks will be provided, and registration is requested. 410-313- 5077.

Moms to meet -- The MOMS Club of Elkridge, a support group for stay-at-home mothers, will meet at 9:45 a.m. Wednesday at the Elkridge Baptist Church hall, 5929 Setter Drive, Elkridge. 410-799-5905, or

Book club -- Tea and Tomes, a group that gathers on the third Thursday of each month, will meet at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the Miller branch library to discuss Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress by Dai Sijie. Registration is not required. 410-313-1950.

Legal aid -- Attorney Valerie Rocco will be at Ellicott City Senior Center, 9401 Frederick Road, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 24 for the 60 Plus Wills and Legal Screening Program. Services offered include simple wills, powers of attorney, living wills, small estates and deed changes. The program is open to Howard County residents ages 60 and older. The cost is on a sliding scale. An appointment, which should be scheduled well in advance, is required. 410-313-1400.

Victorian dreams -- The Patapsco Female Institute Historic Park will offer "Victorian Dreams," a program in which girls in fourth, fifth and sixth grades can dress in pinafores, make a craft and play games and sports of the 1850s. Participants will have a chance to experience a typical day for a young girl attending Patapsco Female Institute, the once renowned girls school in Ellicott Mills - now Ellicott City. The program will be offered at 2 p.m. Jan. 28 and Feb. 3. The cost is $10 a person. Reservations are required. 410-465-8500.