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Auditions slated tomorrow for 'Beauty and the Beast'

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The Howard County Summer Theatre will hold auditions for its production of the Disney musical Beauty and the Beast from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. tomorrow at Mount Hebron High School, 9440 Route 99, Ellicott City.

Those interested should prepare a song and take sheet music, an instrumental tape or compact disc; a pianist will be available.

The auditions are open to adults and youths in grade nine or higher, although a few roles are available for children in grades two through eight. College students who cannot attend an audition should contact Tom Sankey, 410-465-8623.

Performance dates are July 6-8 and July 11-14. Proceeds from the show will benefit Hospice of Howard County and Prepare for Success.

Information: www.geocities. com/hocosummertheatre/ index.html.

A chance to dance at the library

The Miller branch library, 9421 Frederick Road, Ellicott City, will sponsor "DDR for Teens@ HC Library, a chance to dance to the video game, "Dance Dance Revolution" for ages 11 and older, from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday and on the third Wednesday of each month.

Registration is required.

Information: 410-313-1950.


Graduates -- Army Pvt. You L. Lee, daughter of Christopher Lee and stepdaughter of Myong Lee of Ellicott City, has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C.

Around Town

Photo contest -- The Ellicott City Restoration Foundation Inc. is holding its third amateur photography contest for pictures in the categories of "vintage," "adult" and "junior," taken in the Ellicott City Historic District. "Vintage" photos must have been taken before 1972. The "adult" category is for photographers ages 18 and older; the "junior" category is for those ages 17 and younger. Winners will be announced June 2 at the Thomas Isaac Log Cabin. Entries can be delivered to the Howard County Tourism Council office, 8267 Main St., Ellicott City by 5 p.m. May 18. The office, at the side entrance of the post office building, is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday. The photographs will be on display in Ellicott City merchants' windows during June.

Kiwanis club -- Kiwanis Club of Ellicott City, a service organization, meets at 6:45 p.m. Mondays at the Kiwanis hall, 3300 Norberts Way, Ellicott City. Everyone is welcome. Harry Slade, 410-418-8218.

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.

Knitting 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 Kiwanis-Wallas Recreation Center. 410- 313-7279.

Veteran, author -- The Miller branch library, 9421 Frederick Road, Ellicott City, will sponsor "Meet the Maryland Author: Rudy DePaola" at 2 p.m. Wednesday. A veteran of World War II, DePaola draws on his adventures as a tail gunner in the South Pacific in his first novel, Wings of the Bullet: A Story of Young Americans at War. Registration is required. 410-313-1950.'Oklahoma!' -- Centennial High School will present Rodgers and Hammerstein's 1943 musical, Oklahoma! at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and at 2 p.m. Saturday, in the school auditorium. Tickets are $8 in advance; $10 at the door. Kathryn Carlsen, 410-313-2856.

Milltown quilters -- Milltown Quilters of Ellicott City is celebrating the group's 10th anniversary and sponsoring a quilt show, to be held Thursday through Saturday at First Presbyterian Church of Howard County, 9325 Presbyterian Circle, at U.S. 29 and Route 108. Demonstrations, a display of vintage quilts, a silent auction of donated handmade items, vendors, a peddler's table at which members sell quilting books, patterns and other items are planned. An award-winning quilt will be raffled. Admission is $5. 410-964-2876, or www.mill

Poetry month -- The Miller branch library is presenting a program celebrating National Poetry Month. "Do You Think You Don't Like Poetry?" will continue at 7 p.m. Thursday and April 26. Participants can attend one or several sessions. Registration is required. The series is sponsored by Poetry's Here @ Your Maryland Library and is funded by a Library Services and Technology Act grant from the Department of Education's Division of Library Development and Services; it is co-sponsored by Maryland Center for the Book. 410-313-1950.

Spring fair -- The Mount Hebron Nursery School Parents Group will hold its 23rd Spring Fair from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 28, rain or shine, at Mount Hebron Presbyterian Church. The church is on Mount Hebron Drive, Ellicott City. Children's activities will include a petting farm, Moon Bounce, face-painting, crafts, games with prizes, a mystery balloon containing prizes and a Mother's Day Secret Shop. Entertainment is to include performances by Dance Foundations, Kangaroo Kids precision jump-rope team, U.S. Tae Kwon Do and the Teelin School of Irish Dance. Plants, baked goods and books will be for sale. Admission and parking are free. Tickets for games and activities can be purchased at the fair.

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