Marketing students to compete

The Baltimore Sun

Howard Community College invites the community to attend an event similar to NBC's Apprentice television program, in which students from Adjunct Instructor Barbara Surran's "Principles of Marketing" class will present marketing plans to the Ellicott City Fire Department.

The department approached the college for student help with fundraising and marketing. The winning student group will be selected by a panel of judges, and the fire department will receive a copy of each group's marketing plan for possible use.

The event will be at 6 p.m. April 21 in Room 400 of The Rouse Company Foundation Student Services Hall, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia.

Norbel School open house

The Norbel School, 6135 Old Washington Road, Elkridge, will hold an informational evening for parents of prospective high school students with learning challenges at 6:30 p.m. Thursday.

An open house for parents of prospective students with learning challenges in grades 1-12 will be held at 2 p.m. May 4. The private, non-profit school serves children in grades 1-12 with average to gifted intelligence who have speech and language disabilities, learning differences, or high-functioning autism spectrum disorders.

Information: 410-796-6700 or visit

Around Town

College scholarships -- The Elkridge Adult Athletic Association, a 30-year-old community association, will accept college scholarship applications from high school seniors until Saturday. At least three scholarships will be awarded. Danny Tracy, 410-796-4389.

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

Free bridge, other games -- The Kiwanis-Wallas Recreation Center is offering free drop-in bridge and pinochle and favorite table games. A bridge group meets from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays; Pinochle meets from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays. Those who attend are invited to bring a bag lunch. Coffee, tea and treats will be provided. Donations are accepted for the snack fund.

Duplicate bridge is available from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Wednesdays and 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Fridays. Mah-jongg is played at the center from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Wednesdays. Admission is free.

A Bunco program for people ages 55 and older, sponsored by Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks, will meet at the center from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. April 28, June 23, July 28 and Aug. 25. A $1 donation is requested at the door.

A community service group meets to knit and crochet blankets, baby clothes and other items for charities, hospitals and senior centers from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month at Kiwanis Wallas center. Donations of acrylic yarn are appreciated. The Kiwanis-Wallas Recreation Center is at 10481 Frederick Road, Ellicott City. 410-313-7279.

Chess -- The county library's Elkridge branch, 6540 Washington Blvd., sponsors 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 not required. 410-313-5077.

Learning English -- The county library's 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.

Spring fair -- The Mount Hebron Nursery School Parents' Group will hold its 24th annual Spring Fair from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, rain or shine, at Mount Hebron Presbyterian Church on Mount Hebron Drive in Ellicott City. Activities planned include pony rides, Moon Bounce, face-painting, crafts, games with prizes, and a Mother's Day Secret Shoppe. Books and food will be for sale. Tickets for games can be purchased at the fair. Admission and parking are free.

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