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Area's past discussed

The Howard County Genealogical Society will present a talk on the founding of Elkridge Landing, which predates the Revolutionary War, by local historian Joetta Cramm. She will describe the earliest places of worship, the early families and why much of the town's history has disappeared.

Cramm, who is author of Howard County: A Pictorial History and other books, teaches local history at Howard Community College and leads walking tours of Historic Ellicott City.

Around Town

Cheerleading, Football : The Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks is accepting registration for Elkridge Hurricanes Flag and Tackle football and cheerleading. Practice begins in August at Elkridge Landing Middle School. The season runs through mid-November. Flag football for ages 5-6 costs $85; tackle football for ages 7-14 costs $160. Cheerleading for ages 5-14 costs $125. Tackle football participants are placed on teams based on age and weight. Early registration is advised. Jean Shea, 410-313-4626; text telephone, 410-313-4665. To register: 410-313-PARK or www.hcrpsports.com.

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 www.ellicottcitykiwanis.com.

Free bridge, knitting : The Kiwanis-Wallas Recreation Center sponsors a bridge group 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-jong 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. A Bunco program for ages 55 and older, sponsored by Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks, will be offered from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. June 23, July 28 and Aug. 25. A $1 donation is requested. 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 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.

Winners : The Ellicott City Restoration Foundation Inc. will announce the winners of its annual photography contest at 7 p.m. Friday at a reception for the exhibition of this year's entries, to be held at the Howard County Historical Society Museum, 8328 Court Ave., Ellicott City. Wine, cheese and other light refreshments will be served. Admission is free and open to everyone. This year's award will be presented to Wayne Pfau, an Ellicott City mail carrier.

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