Benefit basket bingo scheduled at firehouse

The Baltimore Sun

The Elkridge Volunteer Fire Department will hold a basket bingo fundraiser to help cover medical expenses for Ryan Kuehnl, 7, who has cerebral palsy, and needs surgery and a wheelchair.

The event will be held at 7 p.m. July 7 at the fire department, 6275 Old Washington Road, Elkridge. Doors are to open at 6 p.m. Admission is $18 in advance; $20 at the door and includes 20 games of bingo and two jackpot games, raffles, food and beverages.

Information or to purchase tickets: 410-796-4345 or 410-761-6633, Ext. 7.

Around Town

Baseball school -- The Centennial High School Boosters will sponsor the Eagle Baseball School, a summer camp program for boys ages 7 to 14, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. tomorrow through Friday and July 30 through Aug. 3. The camp, to be directed by Centennial's boys varsity baseball coach Denis Ahearn, will offer instruction and drills in throwing, hitting, fielding, base running, catching and strategy. Area players and coaches will give lectures and demonstrations. The emphasis will be on fundamentals, sportsmanship and fun. The program includes contests, treats, a report card and certificates. The cost is $150 a session; $250 for both with a group discount of $10 for five or more campers registering at the same time. 410-750-6709.

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. 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, through Aug. 15, at Centennial Park South. Take a blanket or lawn chair and a picnic. The park's concession stand will be open. Parking is $3 a vehicle. Admission to the concerts is free. 410-313-7275; text telephone, 410-313-4665.

Chess club -- The Elkridge library, 6540 Washington Blvd., will hold a Chess Club for ages 13 and older from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays. Players of all abilities are welcome, but they must know how to play chess. Snacks will be provided. Registration is not needed. 410-313-5077.

The library will sponsor an American Girls Summer Social for girls ages 5 and older, with stories, games and a summer craft, at 11 a.m. Thursday. Registration is required. 410-313-5085.

Knitting for charity -- A community-service 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.

Registration -- Hollifield Station Elementary School will register children of families in the school's district for the 2007-2008 school year from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesdays, this week through Aug. 15. Offices will be closed July 4. Parents or guardians should take the child's birth certificate, immunization records (unless a religious exemption is to be requested), photo identification for the custodial parent, a current lease or deed and secondary proof of residency (a utility or cable bill.) 410-313-2550.

Knit, crochet -- A program for those who enjoy stitching, knitting or crocheting is planned at 10 a.m. Thursday at the Miller branch library, 9421 Frederick Road, Ellicott City. Participants are invited to take a project to work on and share ideas and tips with others who have similar interests. Registration is not needed. 410-313-1950.

Teen crafts -- Summer craft programs for teens are being offered at local libraries. Registration is scheduled to begin Thursday for "Chain Mail for the Modern Ages," a chance for youngsters ages 11 to 17 to make a piece of chain mail or jewelry from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. July 12 at the Miller branch library, 9421 Frederick Road, Ellicott City. Rich Suchoski will lead the program. Participants should take a flying disc, if possible.

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