Local author Wayne Thomas Batson will be featured at Barnes & Noble Booksellers in a program of pirate-themed events, giveaways, a pirate costume contest and a dramatic reading from his book, Isle of Swords.
The event, to be held from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sept. 28 at the bookstore in the Long Gate Shopping Center, celebrates the publication of the book.
Readers of all age are invited.
McCormick awards Knight a scholarship
Hannah Knight of Ellicott City has been awarded a 2007-2008 scholarship from McCormick & Co. She will receive $12,000 a year while attending an accredited college or university.
McCormick scholarship winners are children of the spice company's employees and are chosen by an independent committee of administrators from local colleges and universities.
Hannah is the daughter of Roger Knight, a retired systems programmer in the company's Hunt Valley facility. A graduate of Mount Hebron High School in Ellicott City, she is a freshman at the College of New Jersey, in Ewing, N.J., said Jim Lynn, director of corporate communications at McCormick & Co. Inc.
The awards are based on academic excellence and extracurricular activities. Hannah plans to study special education, he said.
Design talks to aid Success in Style
Gallery 44, 9469 Baltimore National Pike, Ellicott City, will hold its "Dessert & Design" series of talks on interior design to benefit Success in Style, an Ellicott City nonprofit organization that provides free business attire to disadvantaged women seeking employment.
The events will be held from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sundays, starting today, at the gallery. Carol Weil will discuss "The Art of Design," the art of accessorizing a room.
Topics also include "The Room from Concept to Completion" (Sept. 23); "The Art of Organizing" (Sept. 30); "Decorating with Light" (Oct. 7); "The Psychology of Design" (Oct. 14); and "What's New in Window Design" (Oct. 21).
The cost is $10 a session; $50 for a series of six sessions.
Information and reservations: 410-465-5200.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org; 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.
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.
Volunteers sought -- Patapsco Female Institute Historic Park, 3691 Sarahs 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 Patapsco Female Institute Historic Park. The workshop will be held from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the Ellicott City Colored School, Restored at Main Street and Rogers Avenue. Registration: 410-465-8500.
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.
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.
Line dancing -- A Beginner Plus Country Line Dancing class for ages 55 and older will be offered at Ellicott City Senior Center from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Wednesdays, this week through Nov. 21. Wear leather-soled shoes (no sneakers) to the class. The cost is $27. 410-313-7279.
Focus on family -- The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 4100 St. Johns Lane, Ellicott City, will sponsor a free Community Conference on the Family from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday. 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. 443-864-8343.