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Program invites men for lunch

The Judy Center, a federally funded early childhood support program, will hold its fourth Meals with Magnificent Men event at 10:15 a.m. Wednesday at Cradlerock School, 6700 Cradlerock Way, Columbia.

The program invites fathers and other men who play a significant role in the lives of young children to participate in a traditional Thanksgiving lunch and join with the children in literacy activities, such as reading stories and learning through singing.

Children whose fathers may be unavailable are paired with school system and Cradlerock School staff members.

Information: Anne Yenchko, 410-381-9024, or Andrea Cohn, 410-313-5500.

Norbel School gets CHADD chapter

The Norbel School and the Greater Baltimore Chapter of CHADD have announced the formation of a new sub-chapter, the Howard County CHADD Parent Support Group for parents of children with AD/HD.

The group will meet at the school from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, and on the second Tuesday of each month.

Ben Mitchell, admissions director of Landmark College, will talk about "Transitioning to College: Learning Self-Advocacy."

It is not necessary to be a member of CHADD (Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactive Disorder) to attend the event.

Norbel School is at 6135 Old Washington Road, Elkridge.

Information: Nancy Rhodes, 410-796-6700. Or visit

Help for prospective board members

Members of the Howard County Board of Education will present a workshop for prospective board members. "What It's Like to Be a Board Member" will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the lobby conference room at the Department of Education, 10910 Route 108, Ellicott City.

Registration is required.

Information or registration: 410-313-7194. Three of the seven board seats will be open in 2008.

Session to explore Career Academies

The Howard County schools' Office of Career and Technology Education will hold information sessions for ninth- and 10th-graders and their parents to introduce Career Academies and other programs available to high school students with certain academic and career interests.

The sessions will be held from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday and Nov. 27 at the Applications and Research Laboratory, 10920 Route 108, Ellicott City.

Career Academies that will be represented are architecture and engineering; biotechnology and health services; business and entrepreneurship; culinary arts and hotel management; human resources; energy, power and transportation; and multimedia arts and technology.

Information: 410-313-6682.

Workshop Nov. 27 on test-taking

The Stressless Tests Program will offer a new workshop, "Testing, Testing," for parents of middle school and high school students from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Nov. 27 at Centennial High School in Ellicott City.

Parents can learn why students who do well in class might not do as well on tests and strategies to help them.

Participants will be given the new Stressless Tests Parents Kit. The cost is $85 per family.

Middle school study skills classes will meet from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Mondays from Nov. 26 through Dec. 17 and from 3:45 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. Tuesdays from Nov. 27 through Dec. 17 at Burleigh Manor Middle School.

A high school study skills class will be offered from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays from Wednesday through Dec. 12 at Centennial High School.

The cost of the classes is $165, which includes a copy of the "Study for Success" digital video disc.

Information or registration: Betty Caldwell, 410-740-4659, or

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