Every dog has its day in Ellicott City

The Baltimore Sun

In cooperation with the Ellicott City Business Association, the Yuppy Puppy BetPet Boutique will sponsor its third "A Dog's Day in Ellicott City," at 2 p.m. today.

A parade featuring dogs, and three contests - a "Pet/Owner Look-alike Contest," "Best Dressed Pet Contest" and "Best Bandana Contest" are planned. The cost to register for each contest is $5.

Greyhound Rescue, a nonprofit organization, will sell all-natural dog treats.

Howard County Animal Advocates will bring pets to be adopted and sell bandanas for cats and dogs.

Representatives from Cocker Spaniel Rescue will be on hand, and pet artists will show their work. Pet sitters and other businesses will distribute information.

Registration is at the Yuppy Puppy Pet Boutique, 8120 Main St.

Information: 410-750-9663 .

'Cinderella' opera planned at library

The Washington National Opera will present Rossini's comic opera, La Cenerentola, (Cinderella) at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Elkridge library, 6540 Washington Blvd.

The 60-minute program, which includes musical activities and making a craft, is for families with children ages 6 to 12. The story and music of the opera, costumes, and other topics will be discussed. Each family will receive a guide to take home.

Registration is required. Information: www.dc-opera.org.

An American Girls Summer Social for girls ages 5 and older will include stories, games and a summer craft. The 45-minute program will be held at 11 a.m. June 28. Registration is to begin June 21.

Information: 410-313-5085.


Mobilized -- Army 1st Sgt. Tomas J. Daniel, whose wife, Colleen, is the daughter of Bob and Connie Cooney of Ellicott City, has been mobilized for deployment to an undisclosed overseas location in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Daniel, a technical coordinator normally assigned to Pikesville, graduated from Mount Hebron High School in 1991 and received a bachelor's degree in 2006 form Villanova University, Pa.

Around Town

Yard sale -- The Pink Cabbage, 11707 Frederick Road, near West Friendship, will hold a Strawberry Days Colossal Yard Sale for Cancer from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. today. A portion of the proceeds will go to the American Cancer Society. Lemonade, strawberry desserts, bagels and coffee will be supplied. The rain date is June 10. The Pink Cabbage, which sells antiques, gifts, jewelry, purses, painted furniture, soap and other items, is owned by the nine local partners who are sponsoring the event. 410-531-7953, or www. geocities.com/thepinkcabbage.

Gardening queries -- Howard County Master Gardeners will be at the Miller branch library to answer gardening questions and examine problem plants from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Mondays and 10 a.m. to noon Saturdays. Residents are invited to bring questions and plants. Rosemary Noble, Jan Marie Williams-Nguyen and Bob Nixon will discuss "Raised Beds" at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the library. Registration is required. 410-313-1950.

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.

Sunset Serenades -- Comcast and Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks will present Sunset Serenades 2007 at 7 p.m. Wednesdays, June 13 through Aug. 15, at Centennial Park South. In partnership with Columbia Festival of the Arts, the Millers will perform June 13. Junkyard Saints will play zydeco music June 20. Take a blanket or lawn chair and a picnic. The park's concession stand will be open. Parking costs $3 a vehicle. Admission to the concerts is free. 410-313-7275; text telephone, 410-313-4665.

Knitting for charity -- A community-service knitting and crocheting group meets to knit and crochet 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.'Dance, Dance' -- A "Dance Dance Revolution" (DDR for Teens @ HC Library) event for teens ages 13 to 17 is planned from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. June 14, July 9 and Aug. 16 at the Miller branch library, 9421 Frederick Road, Ellicott City.

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