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Ice cream social at Glenwood

The Baltimore Sun

The Glenwood Community Center, 2400 Route 97, Cooksville, will sponsor a Back to School Ice Cream Social at 6 p.m. Sept. 6.

Children will be invited to choose from a variety of crafts to make and take home while enjoying a bowl of ice cream. The cost is $3.

The center is offering a "Back to School" fitness promotion that allows participants to purchase a 25-, 50- or 100-visit pass with no expiration date and no additional monthly fees. The promotion runs from Aug. 25 to Sept. 21. A medical clearance form and orientation is required before exercising.

Information: 410-313-4840.

Renegades to hold baseball tryouts

Travel Baseball tryouts for the U-11 Western Howard County Renegades will be held from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Aug. 24 at Western Regional Park's Field No. 2.

Players must be younger than 12 years old as of May 1. A second tryout will be required in September.

Information: kenmcglynn

Around town

Pick your own : Larriland Farm, a pick-your-own operation in Woodbine, owned and operated by the Moore family since 1973, is offering opportunities to pick blueberries, tart and sweet cherries, red raspberries and beets through much of the summer. Sweet cherries can be picked Thursdays and Saturdays, if they are available (call for hours). Larriland Farm is at 2415 Woodbine Road. Fruits or vegetables become available as they ripen. 410-442-2605.

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 TV. After-school activities and programs are planned. An identification card from the center is required. The program receives assistance from the Horizon Foundation. The center is at 2400 Route 97 in Cooksville. 410-313-4840.

Blood pressure screening : The Glenwood library, 2350 Route 97, Cooksville, will offer a free, walk-in blood pressure screening, conducted by Howard County General Hospital staff, from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. tomorrow. 410-313-5577.

* Preschool classes The Glenwood library, 2350 Route 97, Cooksville, offers preschool classes to teach social skills, comprehension and the foundations of reading. An adult must accompany kids younger than 3.

* "Play Partners," for infants and toddlers to 23 months with an adult, is offered at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. Tuesdays. Registration is not required.

* "Potty Time," a program of stories for children 18 months to 3 years old with an adult, will offer tips for parents. The program will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday. Registration is required.

* "Picture Bug Parade," a 30-minute summer program of music and stories for ages 2 to 5, is offered at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. Thursdays. (The program will revert to its original title, "Picture Book Parade," in the fall. Registration is not required.

For a schedule of programs: 410-313-5579 or visit

Guided walks : Naturalist and photographer Wil Hershberger will talk and lead guided walks exploring the insect voices of summer from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Howard County Conservancy in Woodstock. Hershberger is co-author, with Lang Elliott, of the book The Songs of Insects. His talk, Summer Serenades, will be illustrated with recordings and photographs of singing insects. The presentation is sponsored by the James and Anne Robinson Foundation and the Howard County Conservancy. A brief walk will be offered for families with children, followed by a longer walk for adults only. The walks are each limited to 20 people. Admission is free. Registration is required. 410-465-8877 or visit

SAT, PSAT: Registration is open for an SAT and PSAT preparation course to be held from noon to 4:30 p.m. Saturday and Aug. 30 at Chapelgate Christian Academy, 2600 Marriottsville Road, Marriottsville. The course is open to all high school students. The cost is $185 and includes tuition and materials. A portion of the tuition will benefit the school. Martha Gagnon, 410-442-1600, or

Guided hikes : The Howard County Conservancy at Mount Pleasant Farm offers free guided hikes on the second Saturday of each month from May through October. Families are welcome. Admission is free.

* A new solar energy exhibit, demonstrating the workings of the clean, renewable energy source, is on display; the exhibit will also reduce the conservancy's energy costs. It includes a solar photovoltaic system installed on the roof of the historic Bank Barn; excess energy will be sent back to the utility grid. A display in the Gudelsky Environmental Education Center will show visitors how much energy the system is producing. The conservancy provides 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 to 11. 410-465-8877. :

Tutoring: The Glenwood library will offer one-on-one tutoring for ages 13 and older in Open Office, a free software package that creates, edits and saves 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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