Sean Grace Band to play at Patapsco park July 18

The Baltimore Sun

Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks' "Travelin' Bands" series will present a free concert by the Sean Grace Band at 7 p.m. July 18 at the Patapsco Female Institute Historic Park, 3691 Sarah's Lane, Ellicott city.

Grace, who entered the Julliard School of Music on scholarship at age 12 and, according to a news release, performed at Carnegie Hall at age 10, combines elements of classical, jazz, Celtic-folk and progressive rock music.

Bring a blanket or lawn chair; picnics and non-alcoholic beverages are allowed.

Information: 410-313-7275; text telephone, 410-313-4665. In case of inclement weather, call 410-313-4452 after 4 p.m. on the day of the performance.

Teen Chess Club to meet July 8, 28

The Miller branch library, 9421 Frederick Road, Ellicott City, will hold a meeting of its Teen Chess Club for youth ages 9-17 from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. July 8 and 29. Registration is not needed.

Information: 410-313-1950.

The Elkridge branch library, 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.

Information: 410-313-5077.

Around Town

Summer reading : The B&O; Railroad Museum is holding a summer reading program at its Ellicott City and Baltimore locations. The program, "I've Been Reading on the Railroad," invites elementary school-age children to pick up a reading journal from the museum's store, The Whistle Stop Shop, read eight books and record them in the journal. Children who return the journal on or before Sept. 2 will receive a free book and will be entered to win an engineer's outfit. An affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Museum is dedicated to preserving and interpreting the history of American railroading and its impact on American society, culture and economy. 410-752-2462, Ext. 214.

Power camp : The Norbel School in Elkridge will offer a Power Camp for bright children with learning challenges through Aug. 1. The camp, which is to feature the school's interpersonal social skills development program, is open to children ages 6 to 12. Art, sports and music activities are also planned. Tutoring and before- and after-camp care are available. Krys Renzi, 410-796-6700 or

Cheerleading, Football : 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 and 6 costs $85; tackle football for ages 7 to 14 costs $160. Cheerleading for ages 5 to 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. Registration: 410-313-PARK, or

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

Bag sale : Trinity Church Gift & Thrift Shoppe, 6010 Waterloo Road, at Pfeiffer's Corner, behind St. John's Lutheran Church in Elkridge, will hold a bag sale in July and August. Bags can be filled with items for $4 a bag. Store hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesdays and on the first and third Saturdays of each month. 410-799-9175.

Free bridge : The Kiwanis-Wallas Recreation Center, 10481 Frederick Road, Ellicott City, 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 take a 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.

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