Ulman to host public forum

The Baltimore Sun

Howard County Executive Ken Ulman invites residents to join him for an open public forum, to be held at 7 p.m. June 26 at the Glenwood Community Center, 2400 Route 97, Cooksville. County department heads will be on hand to engage in dialogue.

Residents are invited to ask questions, make comments or offer suggestions on any topic. Those who want to speak should sign up before the event and limit their comments to two minutes. Everyone is welcome.

Information: 410-313-2022.

Conservancy hosts nature walks

The Howard County conservancy at Mount Pleasant Farm offers guided hikes on the second Saturday of each month from May through October. The topic for this week's hike, which begins at 10 a.m. Saturday, is "Dragonflies." Naturalists Bob and Jo Solem and June Tveekrem will lead the hike.

Families are welcome. The event is free.

A new solar energy exhibit, demonstrating the workings of the clean, renewable energy source, is on display; the new exhibit will also reduce the conservancy's energy costs. A display in the Gudelsky Environmental Education Center will show how much energy the system is producing.

The conservancy provides educational programs for children and adults at its Gudelsky Environmental Education Center, including service learning for middle-schoolers and eight weeks of summer camps for children ages 5-11.

Information: 410-465-8877.

Sykesville moms group to meet

Mom's Connect of Friendship Baptist Church in Sykesville offers opportunities for mothers and grandmothers and their children to share experiences and support each other. The group will meet for a "Summer in the Park" from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. every other Wednesday at Freedom Park in Sykesville.

The theme for the meetings to be held next week and June 25 is "Love, Joy, Peace."

Information: Jennifer Mateer, 410-795-5061 or 410-552-4406.

Around town

Teen space : The Glenwood Community Center's game room for teens is open 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. The room, designed by teens, is for ages 12 and older. It includes a pool table, table tennis, bumper pool and a video game area with a big-screen television. After-school activities and programs are planned. An identification card from the center is required. The program is provided with assistance from the Horizon Foundation. The center is at 2400 Route 97 in Cooksville. 410-313-4840.

Book club : The Glenwood Community Center book club will discuss The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency, by Alexander McCall Smith, at 10 a.m. Wednesday. The center is adjacent to the Glenwood branch library, 2400 Route 97, Cooksville. Registration for the book clubs is not required. 410-313-5577.

Preschool programs : The Glenwood branch library, 2350 Route 97, Cooksville, will offer preschool classes for young children to teach social skills, comprehension and the foundations of reading. An adult must accompany kids younger than 3. Registration is not required. For a schedule of June programs: 410-313-5579. :

Tutoring : The Glenwood branch library will offer one-on-one tutoring for ages 13 and older in Open Office, a free software package that creates, edits and save documents, spreadsheets, presentations and pictures. "Mouse in the House: Family Web Surfing," a training program in the basics of surfing the Internet for parents and children, ages 7 and older, includes a chance to discover kid-friendly Web sites. Instruction in accessing full-text articles and other resources for school assignments, business or personal use, "Research 24/7," teaches how to obtain materials online. Appointments are required. 410-313-5577.

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