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Bookstore begins club for 'the dangerous boys'

The Baltimore Sun

Barnes & Noble Booksellers in Ellicott City has announced the store's participation in the launch of "The Dangerous Boys Club" at the chain's stores across the country.

Based on the book, The Dangerous Book for Boys by Conn and Hal Iggulden, The Dangerous Boys Club is designed to keep boys engaged in reading and constructive, hands-on activities.

The club, recommended for ages 7 and older, will start at the Ellicott City bookstore at 2 p.m. Feb. 2. The theme for its first meeting will be "It's a Secret!" and will feature code-breaking, coin tricks and activities for aspiring spies. The event will include give-aways and prizes.

Information: Julie Hedgecock, 410-203-9006.

Eat breakfast at the firehouse

The Elkridge volunteer Fire Department, 6275 Old Washington Blvd., will sponsor an all-you-can-eat breakfast from 7:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Feb. 3. Baked goods will be available.

The cost is $7 for adults; $6 for those ages 55 and older. Children ages 5-12 pay $5. Those younger than 4 eat for free.

Information: 410-313-4901.

Around Town

Montgomery Road -- A county construction project to connect Montgomery Road to Marshalee Drive in Elkridge has temporarily closed Montgomery Road in the vicinity of 6425 Montgomery, between -- but not including -- Montery Road and Deborah Jean Drive. The closure could last two or three weeks, depending on the weather. Lisa Brightwell, 410-313-3440.

Kiwanis Club -- Kiwanis Club of Ellicott City, a volunteer service organization, meets at 6:45 p.m. Mondays at the Kiwanis Wallas Building, 3300 Norberts Way, Ellicott City. Everyone is welcome. 410-418-8218, or

Knitting for charity -- A community-service group meets to knit and crochet blankets, baby clothes and other items for charities, hospitals and senior centers. Group sessions are 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.

Legal services -- As part of the 60 Plus Wills and Legal Screening Program of the Office on Aging, attorney Charles Jerome Ware will be at the Ellicott City Senior Center, 9401 Frederick Road, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday. Services to be offered include simple wills, powers of attorney, living wills, small estates and deed changes. The program is open to Howard County residents ages 60 and older. The cost to prepare documents is on a sliding scale. An appointment is required. Because of the demand for services, appointments should be scheduled well in advance. 410-313-1400.

Family movie -- A family movie night is planned at 6:30 on Wednesday at the Elkridge branch library, 6540 Washington Blvd. Ella Enchanted will be shown.

"Money for College," a discussion of financial aid (including grants, scholarships and loans) for ages 15 and older, will be offered from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Jan. 29 at the Elkridge branch. Parents are invited to attend. Registration is required. 410-313-5077.

Chess -- The Elkridge library, 6540 Washington Blvd., sponsors a chess club for those 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 not required. 410-313-5077.

Learning English -- The Miller branch library offers an English conversation club from 7:45 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. Wednesdays 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.

Mothers, daughters -- Mothers and daughters will discuss body image, self-esteem and the pressures on middle-school girls to conform to media images and peer pressure in a program at the Miller branch library, 9421 Frederick Road, to be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Thursday. "Family Communication Night: How Do I Look? A Mother-Daughter Workshop on Body Image and the Pressure to be thin, 'Hot,' and Perfect," will include a free dinner. The program, to be led by Lisa Morrell, adolescent counselor and founder of Health Integration, is designed for those ages 11 to 15 and their parents. Registration required. 410-313-1950.

Poetry contest -- Youngsters in grades six through 12 are invited to submit up to three original poems to the Howard County Library's Word Up! Poetry Contest. 410-313-1950.

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