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Wednesday, 23 July 2014 09:31
North Point Library News
Free programs at the Baltimore County Public Library’s North Point branch,
1716 Merritt Blvd. (Info: 410-887-7255)
 
 

•   Paws to Read, a reading session for children ages 6 to 12 with a trained Pets on Wheels dog, meets Sunday, Aug. 3, at 2 p.m. Children younger than age 8 must be accompanied by an adult.
•   Mission Impossible with puppets, balloons and audience participation for children of all ages meets Monday, Aug. 4 at 2 p.m. Children younger than age 8 must be accompanied by an adult.
•   Critter Talk, education session with reptiles, birds and mammals for school-aged children, meets Thursday, Aug. 8, at 10 a.m.
•   Dundalk Dialogs convenes Tuesday, Aug. 5, at 7 p.m. Baltimore author Michael Olesker discusses his new book Front Stoops in the Fifties.
•   Teen Tech Squad helps patrons of all ages with PCs, e-readers, tablets, setting up e-mail accounts and more, Tuesdays, July 29 and Aug. 5, at 5 p.m. on a first-come, first-served basis.
•   Lego Fun for children ages 6 to 12 meets Saturday, Aug. 2, at 2 p.m. Supplies provided. Children younger than 8 must be accompanied by an adult.
•   Smoking cessation course, which has started, meets Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. through Aug. 6. Registration required.
•   For Youth by Youth, a practical guide for teenage living for youths ages 11 to 17, meets Thursdays at 4 p.m.
•   One-on-One computer help is available for setting up e-mail accounts, online applications and more, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4 to 7 p.m. and Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
•   Preschool Story Time for children 2 to 5 years old with an adult meets every Wednesday at 10 a.m. Activities include stories, songs and bouncing, followed by play time. Registration required.
•   Baby Story Time for toddlers 23 months and younger with an adult meets every Wednesday at 11 a.m. Activities include stories, songs and rhyming, followed by play time. Registration required.
•   Thursday Knit and Stitch, a drop-in knitting and crocheting group for patrons ages 13 and older meets every Thursday from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. All levels of experience welcome. Bring your own projects or get ideas from the library’s large selection of craft books. This is not a class, but group leader Paula Dixon can answer basic questions.
•   Computer Room for independent work in a quiet environment for patrons ages 13 and older is open Tuesdays from 4 to 7 p.m., Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursdays from 4 to 7 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. A library card is required. 
 
 
 
Sollers Point Library News
Free programs at the Baltimore County Public Library’s Sollers Point branch,
323 Sollers Pt. Rd. (Info: 410-887-2485)
 
•   Hula Hoop Action, a hands-on class on skills for patrons of all ages, is scheduled for Friday, July 25, at 2 p.m.
•   Teen Tuesdays for youths age 11 to 17 meets the first and third Tuesday of every month at 5 p.m. for crafts and activities.
•   Board Game Day for youths ages 6 to 16 meets the second and fourth Tuesday of every month from 4 to 6 p.m. Games and snacks provided. Children younger than 8 must be accompanied by an adult.
•   Tech 10, basic technology skills for patrons age 13 and older, meets Mondays from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Call the library for details.
•   Wii kids gaming for youths ages 5 to 11 meets Fridays from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Children younger than 8 must be accompanied by an adult.
•   Xbox teen gaming meets Wednesdays from 3:30 to 5 p.m. 
•   Wii teen gaming meets Thursdays from 3:30 to 5 p.m.
•   Lego Fun for youths 6 to 12 meets Mondays from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Supplies provided. Children younger than 8 must be accompanied by an adult.
•   Preschool Story Time for children 2 to 5 years old with an adult meets Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. Activities include stories, songs and bouncing, followed by play time. Registration required.
•   Baby Boosters Story Time for infants and toddlers ages 23 months and younger with an adult meets Tuesdays at 9:30 a.m. Activities include movement, rhymes, stories and music, followed by play time. Registration required. 
 
 
Government offers tips for preventing residential arson
Wednesday, 23 July 2014 09:29
    Arson kills about 300 people annually and is directly responsible for $500 million in property damage per year.
    The U.S. Fire Administration and the Federal Emergency Management Administration offer the following precautions that homeowners can take to reduce the risk and lessen the impact of arson:
    • Install smoke alarms and sprinkler systems, as well as bright, shadow-free lights around the perimeter of a home.
    • When leaving interior lights on, use timers to turn them off and on.
    • Trim trees and bushes to allow others to see your home from the street.
    • Arsonists are opportunists; lock all doors and windows.
    • Keep your property free of trash, garden cuttings and household cleaning supplies.
    • Ensure the property of vacant homes and businesses is kept clean and that utilities are turned off.
    • A neighborhood watch group with frequent communication with police and fire officials will discourage arsonists from targeting your neighborhood. 
 
Red Cross seeks youth volunteers for blood drives
Wednesday, 23 July 2014 09:29
    The American Red Cross is seeking youths to be greeters and refreshment volunteers at blood drives in central Maryland, which includes Baltimore County.
    The position is for youth who have transportation, enjoy working with people and have excellent customer service skills. The Red Cross requires a commitment of one to two blood drives per month from volunteers.
    One hour orientation sessions will be held in Baltimore County and Baltimore City.
    For more information call 1-800-272-0094 or email TerryAnn.Karloff@redcross.org.
 
Local senior centers to host senior art shows
Wednesday, 23 July 2014 09:23
    Local seniors are invited to submit artwork for art contests hosted by the Ateaze Senior Center on Tuesday, Aug. 12, and the Edgemere Senior Center on Friday, Aug. 15. Winning entries will be featured in the Power of Age artshow and contest at the Baltimore County Baby Boomer/Senior Expo, which takes place Wednesday and Thursday, Oct. 22 and 23, in Timonium.
    Submitted artwork can be in seven categories: drawing, handmade jewelry, sculpture, painting, color photography, black and white photography and woodcraft. The senior centers will each have their own judges. One first place winner for each category will be chosen.
    To enter artwork, seniors must be age 60 or older and the entry must have been created since the artist was 60. Seniors must be registered members of a Baltimore County senior center, but do not have to be members of the senior center that is hosting the art show. Artists can only enter artwork at one senior center and are limited to two entries. Previous winners are not permitted to re-enter winning artwork. Entries must include the artist’s name, phone number, senior center and entry title.
    For more information on the preliminary and countywide art contests, contact Julie Lynn at 410-887-3094 or jlynn@baltimorecountymd.gov.

 
American Vets group meetsat Post 38
Wednesday, 23 July 2014 09:22
American Veterans Post 29 is seeking members on active or inactive duty from all military branches.
    Meetings are held on the second Tuesday of each month, 7:30 p.m. at the American Legion Dundalk Post 38 hall,  3300 Dundalk Ave.
    Applicants are asked to bring a copy of discharge papers — general or under general conditions acceptable. For more information, call Mark Wallace at 443-386-0507.
 
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