Students can dig archaeology

The Baltimore Sun

Students in fourth, fifth and sixth grades are invited to participate in an archaeology dig at the Patapsco Female Institute Historic Park from 8:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 3.

Participants can learn how archaeologists reconstruct the past through artifacts.

Bring a bag lunch; snacks and drinks will be provided.

The cost is $30 for parent and child.

Information: 410-465-8500. To register: 410-313-7275 or visit www.howardcounty


Graduates -- Army Reserve Pvt. Michael B. Sprague, son of Ken Sprague of Ellicott City and Susan Sprague of Gaithersburg, has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C. He is a 2006 graduate of Wilde Lake High School.

Reports for duty -- Navy Fireman Recruit Christopher A. Smith, son of Janine R. and Brent A. Smith of Elkridge, recently reported for duty aboard the submarine USS Dallas, home-ported in Groton, Conn. He is a 2007 graduate of Long Reach High School.

Around Town

Pre-submission meeting -- The Greater Elkridge Community Association urges its members to attend a pre-submission meeting for Riverwatch, a condominium project of 95 units and retail space projected for 5 acres on Furnace Road. The meeting will be held at 6 p.m. tomorrow at the Melville Chapel United Methodist Church, 5660 Furnace Avenue, Elkridge.

Help with marketing -- 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 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 at the station. The event will be at 6 p.m. tomorrow in Room 400 of The Rouse Company Foundation Student Services Hall, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia.

Kiwanis Club -- Kiwanis Club of Ellicott City, a volunteer service organization, meets at 6:45 p.m. Mondays at the Kiwanis-Wallas Building, 3300 Norbert's 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 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. 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.

Norbel School -- The Norbel School, 6135 Old Washington Road, Elkridge, will an open house for parents of prospective students at 2 p.m. May 4. The private, nonprofit 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. 410-796-6700 or visit

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