Family is focus of free conference Sept. 22

The Baltimore Sun

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 4100 St. John's Lane, Ellicott City, will sponsor a free Community Conference on the Family from 9 a.m. to noon Sept. 22.

Speakers will discuss improving communication in marriage, improving the quality of parent-teen relationships, avoiding and escaping debt, and Internet safety.

The event is open to all adults. Registration is not required. Information: 443-864-8343.

County historic sites seeking volunteers

The Patapsco Female Institute Historic Park, 3691 Sarah's Lane, Ellicott City, will hold a workshop on volunteer opportunities at the historic sites owned by the Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks: the Fire House Museum, Thomas Isaac Log Cabin, Ellicott City Colored School, Restored and the Patapsco Female Institute Historic Park.

The workshop will be held from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sept. 18 at the Ellicott City Colored School, Restored at Main Street and Rogers Avenue.

Information or to register: 410-465-8500.

Around Town

Teachers sought -- A group of former Centennial High School teachers is seeking other members of the faculty who taught at the school during its first two years, 1977-1979. An event is being planned in conjunction with the 30th anniversary of Centennial's opening. Former teachers who were at the school during those years are asked to e-mail Ken Katzen at; include an address, telephone number and e-mail address.

Wanted -- Fire department units, marching bands, color guards, antique cars, motorcycles and community organizations are needed to participate in the Elkridge Volunteer Fire Department's annual parade, to be held Oct. 6. To request an application: Mike Barnett, 410-966-2831, or Russell Pryor, 410-984-1988.

Drawing, painting -- Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks will sponsor drawing and painting classes for ages 55 and older from 10 a.m. to noon and 1:15 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. Mondays, tomorrow through Dec. 10, at the Kiwanis-Wallas Recreation Center in Ellicott City. Participants will work in a variety of media. A supply list will be discussed at the first class. The cost is $60. Materials, which must be purchased separately, cost about $50. Registration is requested as soon as possible. 410-313-7320 or 410-313-7279.

Study courses -- Registration is open for fall Stressless Tests study-skills courses for middle-schoolers, to be offered from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Mondays, tomorrow through Oct. 1 at Burleigh Manor Middle School. Afternoon classes will meet from 3:45 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. Tuesdays, this week through Oct. 2 at Burleigh Manor.

Classes for high school students will meet from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Sept. 19 through Oct. 10, at Centennial High.

The cost is $165, and includes a copy of the DVD Study for Success. Information or registration: Betty Caldwell, 410-740-4659 or

Learning English -- The Miller library branch 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.

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 this week. The cost is $30 for 10 hours. 410-313-1400.

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. the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month at Kiwanis-Wallas Recreation Center. 410-313-7279.

Family movie -- Friends of the Howard County Library will present Family Movie Night at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Miller library branch, 9421 Frederick Road. The Iron Giant will be shown. Refreshments will be provided, and registration is not required. 410-313-1950.

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