The Elkridge Volunteer Fire Department will hold its parade and open house Saturday at the fire hall, 6275 Old Washington Road, Elkridge.
The parade begins at 10 a.m.; the open house is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Fire engine rides, giveaways, and family activities are planned.
Fire Department units, marching bands, color guards, antique cars, motorcycles and community organizations are welcome to apply to participate in the parade.
To request an application: Mike Barnett, 410-966-2831, or Russell Pryor, 410-984-1988.
Work to begin on intersection
Construction is scheduled to begin tomorrow at the intersection of Winters Lane and Hanover Road in Elkridge.
The project is to include storm drain installation and construction of an additional lane at Winters Lane and Hanover Road.
Flagging operations will direct traffic, and signs will be posted to advise motorists. The project is expected to be completed by spring, weather permitting.
School board sets informal meeting
The Board of Education will hold a "Coffee & Conversation" meeting from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Oct. 13 in the Media Center at Howard High School, 8700 Old Annapolis Road, Ellicott City.
The meetings, which are held around the county, provide members of the community with an opportunity to share a cup of coffee and chat informally with board members.
Everyone is welcome.
Veterans benefits focus of event
A Veterans Service Benefits Fair, to provide information on benefits available to all veterans, will be held from noon to 3 p.m. at VFW Post 7472, 4225 VFW Lane, Ellicott City.
Representatives of the Veterans Administration and Veterans of Foreign Wars State Service Office will be on hand to answer questions.
Health benefits and returning veterans' benefits will be discussed at noon; Veterans Administration service benefits will be discussed at 1 p.m.; and disability and death benefits at 2 p.m.
Refreshments will be available.
Information: Al Hernandez, 410-465-1801.
Band competition -- Centennial High School will be host to a band competition, "Marching Under the Stars," from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday at the school's football stadium. The program, being held under the auspices of the U.S. Scholastic Band Association, is to feature marching bands from area schools. The Centennial High School Marching Eagles and Shepherd University Ram Band will perform. Tickets are $8 in advance; $3 for students. Send a check made out to the CHS Band Backers Inc. to Centennial High School Band Backers, 4300 Centennial Lane, Ellicott City 21042. Tickets purchased at the gate are $10; $5 for students. http:--www.centen nialmusic.org.
Teachers sought -- A group of former Centennial High School teachers is seeking other faculty members 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 email@example.com; include an address, telephone number and e-mail address.
Design talks -- Gallery 44, 9469 Baltimore National Pike, Ellicott City, is holding a "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 talks are held from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sundays. Topics also include "The Art of Organizing" (Sunday); "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. Reservations: 410-465- 5200.
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.
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 is offered at Ellicott City Senior Center from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Wednesdays, through Nov. 21. Wear leather-soled shoes (no sneakers) to the class. The cost is $27. 410-313-7279.