A county construction project to assess the condition of about 1,700 feet of sewer main is scheduled to begin this week. A robotic closed-circuit television camera has already traveled through the mains.
The sewer mains are in the vicinity of the outfall of the Allenford Pumping Station, near Route 99 and Bethany Lane in Ellicott City.
If relining of the mains is necessary, the project is expected to be completed by Aug. 30.
The new lining, which is made of three pieces of a sock-like heat-curable fiberglass resin, will harden inside the pipes and is expected to last for at least 50 years, said project manager Paul DiMarco of the Department of Public Works.
During repairs, the westbound lane of Route 99 will be closed from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. for at most three nights during the week, DiMarco said.
The closing is expected to be in effect tomorrow through Wednesday.
Youth dance Saturday at Elkridge firehouse
The Elkridge Volunteer Fire Department's Junior Firefighters will sponsor an "End of Summer Blowout" youth dance for ages 9 to 15 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday at the firehouse, 6275 Old Washington Road, Elkridge.
Tickets, available only at the door, are $8.
Information: 410-761-6633, Ext. 5.
At the library -- The Miller branch library, 9421 Frederick Road, Ellicott City, will sponsor "Teen 'Zine!" -- a meeting for youths ages 13 to 17 interested in working on the new online newsletter written by teens for teens -- from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. on the third Monday of each month. 410-313-1950.
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.
A program on creating a "Back-to-School Mini Journal" will be held at the Elkridge branch from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. tomorrow. Materials will be provided, and registration is required. 410-313-5077.
"Pins and Needles," a chance to learn to knit and crochet or work on current projects with others, ages 11 to 17, will be offered at the Miller branch from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. tomorrow. Beginners should take a skein of yarn. 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.
Big step -- The Miller branch library will offer "Kindergarten, Here We Come!" -- a program of stories and activities to help young children make the transition to kindergarten in the fall. Sessions will be held at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. Tuesday and 2 p.m. and 6:45 p.m. Wednesday. Registration is required. 410-313-1955.
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.
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.
Pooches' party -- Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks will present a Pooches' Pool Party, a swim event for owners and their dogs, from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sept. 8 at the Roger Carter Recreation Center pool, 3676 Fels Lane, Ellicott City. Handlers must be ages 18 and older; only one dog is permitted for each handler. Those who attend must be ages 12 or older. Aggressive dogs are not permitted. Off-leash dog park rules apply (www.howardcountymd.gov/RAP/ RAP_CheckThisOut.htm). Participants will receive a doggy gift bag. Registration is required; space is limited. 410-313-7275.
Tap dance -- The Ellicott City Senior Center, 9401 Frederick Road, will offer a tap dancing class, with Jackie Dunphy, from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Tuesdays, starting Sept. 11. The cost is $30 for 10 hours. 410-313-1400.
Meadowbrook walks -- Nurse practitioners in Howard County invite the community to walk with them in Meadowbrook Park, behind Target in Ellicott City, on the third Saturday of each month. The group meets by the metal ramp in front of the playground. 888-405-NPAM (Nurse Practitioner Association of Maryland).