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Villa Julie plans graduation events

Villa Julie College will hold commencement ceremonies for more than 500 graduating students at 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. tomorrow in the gymnasium on the Stevenson campus.

The commencement speaker will be Baltimore native Farai Chideya, host of National Public Radio's News and Notes. She and U.S. Rep. John Sarbanes will receive honorary degrees from the college.

Because of the commencement, the MTA buses on the M10 Line going to the college will be diverted to alternate routes from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. northbound and southbound. For MTA information, call 410-539-5000.

Residents urged to ride a bike to work

County officials will encourage residents to ride a bicycle to work for Clean Commute Month at the Bike to Work Day rally from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. tomorrow at the Courthouse Plaza.

County Executive James T. Smith Jr. will lead a group ride from near Towson High School at 7:45 a.m. Pre-registered bike riders can qualify for T-shirts and prizes.

Information: 410-887-3521.

Oella tour final stop in pilgrimage

The final stop in this year's Maryland House & Garden Pilgrimage will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday in historic Oella, between Ellicott City and Catonsville.

The tour of the revived textile mill town along the Patapsco River, will feature revitalized historic mill houses, new homes, the 1789 granite house of George Ellicott, a restored mill worker's log cabin, homes from the late 1700s and 1800s, Oella Church, a working llama farm and the Benjamin Banneker Historical Park and Museum.

Tickets are $30 in advance or $35 the day of the tour.

Information: 410-821-6933.

Suicide-awareness concert planned

The Rosenbloom Owings Mills Jewish Community Center will hold a suicide-awareness concert from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday at 3506 Gwynnbrook Ave.

The "For Teens By Teens" concert will benefit To Write Love On Her Arms, a nonprofit national suicide awareness organization, and JCC scholarships.

Tickets are $10. Information: 410-356-5200, ext. 386.

15 county schools named 'green'

Fifteen county schools have been named "Green Schools" for 2008 by the Maryland Association for Environmental and Outdoor Education.

County schools that qualified for the designation for the first time are: Dundalk, Jacksonville, Norwood, and Pot Springs elementary schools; Franklin Middle; Odyssey School; and Rosedale Alternative Center.

Schools earning Green School recertification are: Sparks Elementary; Cockeysville Middle; Dulaney and Towson high schools; Western School of Technology: Jemicy School; Lutherville Laboratory; and Seven Oaks Elementary.

Retirement center marks 25 years

Charlestown Retirement Community will celebrate its 25th anniversary tomorrow to May 23 at 709 Maiden Choice Lane in Catonsville.

"Silver Sensation" will include a family fun day from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, featuring dancing, music and crafts.

Information: 410-737-8838, ext. 8133.

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