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Wednesday, 20 August 2014 10:06
Sollers Point Library News
Free programs at the Baltimore County Public Library’s Sollers Point branch,
323 Sollers Pt. Rd. (Info: 410-887-2485)
 
 
•   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.
 
 
North Point Library News
Free programs at the Baltimore County Public Library’s North Point branch,
1716 Merritt Blvd. (Info: 410-887-7255)
 
 
•   “Up in Smoke” smoking cessation program, sponsored by the Baltimore County Health Department, meets Wednesdays from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. from Sept. 3 to Oct. 8. The program is free and includes nicotine patches, gum and lozenges. Registration is required; call the library or visit www.bcpl.info/hours-locations/north-point.
•    Small business counseling is available Monday, Aug. 25, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. A counselor will give advice to individual patrons. Registration required.
•   Introduction to the Internet, Part III for advanced skills meets Thursday, Aug. 28, at 7 p.m. Registration required.
•   Nanoscience 101 for children in grades 1 to 5 meets Thursday, Aug. 21, at 2 p.m. for an exploration of the science of very small things. Registration required.
•   Introduction to Microsoft Word for patrons age 13 and older meets Thursday, Aug. 21, at 7 p.m. 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. 
 
Government offers tips for preventing residential arson
Wednesday, 20 August 2014 09:25
    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.  

 
Learning Center offers child food program
Wednesday, 20 August 2014 09:25
The Holabird Early Learning Center offers free meals for children 6 months to 5 years old as part of its child and adult care food program daily from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the center, 6618 Holabird Ave.
    The meals are available to all enrolled participants regardless of race, sex, age, disability or national  origin.
    For more information, call the Holabird Early Learning Center at 410-631-7370.
 
School board meetings now live-streamed
Wednesday, 20 August 2014 09:24
The bi-monthly Baltimore County Board of Education meetings can be viewed in real time via the BCPS-TV link on the school system’s web page, www.bcps.org. BCPS-TV can be found on Comcast Cable channel 73 and Verizon FiOS channel 34 in Baltimore County.    Live-stream viewing of the meetings, which allows for greater transparency, can be accessed from stationary home and office platforms or through mobile devices.
    During the academic year, the board customarily meets on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month. A first and and third Tuesday schedule is employed to accommodate holidays and other events.  
    The first meeting is for general business and begins 7 p.m. The board discusses key issues in depth during the second meeting, which begins 6:30 p.m. Meetings occur once a month during the summer.
 
Family Crisis Center needs funds for domestic abuse services
Wednesday, 20 August 2014 09:10
Family Crisis Center of Baltimore County is seeking monetary donations for services to victims of domestic abuse.
    According to a press release, the slow economic recovery and cuts in government, foundation and private funding have left the Family Crisis Center struggling to remain open.
    Reported cases of domestic violence in Dundalk have increased in recent years. For over 30 years the center has provided vital services, such as food and shelter, to many of these victims.
    For more information about the center’s work  or to donate, call 410-285-4357 or visit www.familycrisiscenter.net.
 
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