Indoor sports arena opens today in Howard County

Howard County officials are to open a new indoor sports arena, the final piece of Meadowbrook Park, today in the southeast corner of the intersection of routes 29 and 100 in Ellicott City. The facility was to officially open at 9 a.m. with a ribbon cutting. It contains courts for volleyball and basketball, and provides flexible open space for a variety of indoor sports, including laser tag and other indoor games. The $8.5 million, 77-acre park also contains a large outdoor playground, walking paths and picnic pavilions, and is next to a park-and-ride lot for commuters. A performance by Kangaroo Kids and a volleyball exhibition and other celebrations were scheduled.

- Larry Carson

Dead Sea scrolls lecture at Towson University

The Baltimore Hebrew Institute, the successor to Baltimore Hebrew University established this year at Towson University, is introducing itself to the greater community on Sunday with a lecture on the Dead Sea scrolls. Lawrence H. Schiffman, chairman of the Skirball Department of Hebrew and Judaic Studies at New York University, will present "Decoding Early Judaism: Reflections on the Contributions of Dr. Joseph Baumgarten" at 4 p.m. in Room 4110 of the new liberal arts building at Towson. The event is free and open to the public. Baumgarten, a scholar at Baltimore Hebrew College and rabbi at B'nai Jacob Congregation, wrote extensively on the Dead Sea scrolls. More than 800 texts were found in caves on the northwest shore of the Dead Sea during the 1940s and '50s. Dating from the second century B.C. through the first century A.D., the scrolls include the oldest known remnants of the Old Testament, along with previously unknown psalms, commentaries and other writings.

- Matthew Hay Brown

Broening Highway lane closures today, Sunday

Parts of Broening Highway in Southeast Baltimore will be subject to lane closures today and Sunday. Officials at the Department of Public Works said that one lane, between Avon Avenue and Authority Drive (adjacent to Interstate 695) will be closed each day and night. The other lane will remain open to traffic. Alternating northbound and southbound traffic will be directed by a flagger. Officials said drivers should consider using alternate routes.

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