Ellicott City

Benefit 5K walk

The Maryland Sickle Cell Disease Association will hold its first Pathway Out of Pain walk-a-thon Saturday, Oct. 5, at Rockburn Park, 6145 Montgomery Road in Elkridge. The event benefits research for a cure and services provided to patients. Registration is $10, begins at 9 a.m. and includes a T-shirt and giveaways. Information: marylandsicklecelldisease.org.


The Chesapeake Shakespeare Company presents this Gothic tale of horror Friday through Monday, Oct. 4-7, at the Patapsco Female Institute and Historic Park, 3691 Sarahs Lane. Tickets are $20-$38. For show times and information, call 410-313-8661.

Youth basketball

Registration is open for the Elkridge Youth Organization's winter basketball league. The co-ed program is for players ages 5-18. All games are played at Elkridge-area schools. There are no tryouts, and everyone is given substantial playing time. Registration ends Oct. 31. For registration and information, go to eyosports.org send an email with EYO in the subject line to eyobasketball@yahoo.com.

Around town

English conversation The Miller branch of the Howard County Public Library, 9421 Frederick Road, offers "Let's Get Together: English Conversation Club," a chance for those for whom English is a second language, to practice speaking and understanding English in a group setting. The club meets at 7:45 p.m. Wednesdays. Register with the library before your first meeting. Information: 410-313-1950.

These events take place at the Ellicott City Senior Center, 9401 Frederick Road, 410-313-1421:

Qigong Instructor Jessica Koch leads students in a class that consist of a series of gentle movements synchronized with breathing that promotes energy movement through the body. The class runs Friday, Oct. 4, through Dec. 20. Cost is $58.

Piano lessons Diane Waslick teaches a half-hour session Mondays through Fridays. Cost is $30.

Blood pressure screenings Stop in from 9 a.m. to noon Tuesdays for free blood pressure readings by a registered nurse. Information: 410-313-1425.

Monthly bingo Games will be held beginning at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 24. Cost is $4.

Ask the Pharmacist Don Hamilton provides updates and information concerning your medications at 11 a.m. Monday, Sept. 30. Bring questions, drug lists or prescription containers for discussion.

Also at the center:

•Billiards, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.

•Pingpong, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays and Fridays.

•Pinochle, noon to 3 p.m. Mondays and Fridays.

•Mah-jongg, 9 a.m. Tuesdays.

•Spring Insighters, 12:30 p.m. Tuesdays.

•Needlework Club, 1 p.m. Wednesdays.

•Canasta, 1 p.m. Thursdays.

•Spring Men's Forum, 10:30 a.m. Thursdays.

•Movies/documentaries, 1 p.m. Fridays.

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