Briefs
Memorial service for Dunbar Brooks set for Sept. 19
Wednesday, 17 September 2014 11:01
The life of the late Dunbar Brooks, the community activist and education leader who died on Aug. 17, will be celebrated by family, friends and associates on Friday, Sept. 19, at 6 p.m. at the John E. Ravekes Theatre on the CCBC Dundalk campus, 7200 Sollers Point Road. A reception will follow. 
 
Captain’s licensing course available at CCBC Dundalk
Wednesday, 17 September 2014 11:00
    The Community College of Baltimore County is offering a U.S. Coast Guard-approved captain’s licensing course beginning Tuesday, Sept. 23, at the CCBC Dundalk campus. The course takes five weeks and includes week-night and Saturday classes. Testing will be done in Dundalk.
    The cost for the course is $1,043.00 and includes books, charts and testing. Additional fees may apply for non-Baltimore County residents. To register, call
443-840-4700. For more information, call 443-840-1237 or e-mail boating@ccbcmd.edu.
 
County agency schedules fall big tree sale for Oct. 18
Wednesday, 17 September 2014 10:51
    The Baltimore County Department of Environmental Protection and Sustainability (EPS) is hosting its 10th semi-annual Big Tree Sale, Saturday, Oct. 18, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Center for Maryland Agriculture and Farm Park, 1114 Shawan Road in Cockeysville.  For convenience, three early pick-up days will also be available at the county’s reforestation nursery in Middle River.
    Big trees beautify yards and neighborhoods, help reduce energy costs by providing shade and wind breaks, help reduce runoff pollution and reduce the amount of carbon in the atmosphere. Big trees need room to grow and take longer to mature, but provide greater and longer-lasting benefits than smaller trees.
    Thirteen different species of native trees will be offered during the fall sale, ranging in size from three to eight feet in height. For pictures and information on available trees, visit www.baltimorecountymd.gov/bigtrees. Costs are $15 or $30 per tree. EPS will also be offering tree shelter kits to better protect saplings from deer and other animals.  
    The fall sale will be limited to 360 trees; non-county residents will be limited to a maximum of two trees per household. EPS encourages people to order as soon as possible. Orders must be made online at www.baltimorecountymd.gov/agencies/environment/forestsandtrees/bigtreesorder.html.
 
Supplies and reading drive for U.S. troops now under way
Wednesday, 17 September 2014 10:50
    Angels Supporting Your Troops, Inc. is now collecting the following supplies for “care packages” for U.S. personnel serving overseas: new or used shower shoes or flip-flops, squeeze pop packs (for frozen push-up pops), individually wrapped tooth brushes, toothpaste, hand wipes, hand sanitizer, packets of facial tissue, foot powder, deodorant and disposable razors. Reading material, including paperback nonfiction books, comic books and other magazines that are no more than three months old, is also being collected. Note: No hardback books will be collected.  
    Donated supplies can be dropped off at 7914 Diehlwood Road, on the picnic table under the side porch. Or, to arrange for a pick-up, contributors can call Irene Spatafore at 410-284-5275.
 
LIBRARY NEWS
Wednesday, 17 September 2014 09:38
North Point Library News
Free programs at the Baltimore County Public Library’s North Point branch,
1716 Merritt Blvd. (Info: 410-887-7255)
 
•   Lego Fun for children ages 6 to 12 meets Saturday, Oct. 4, at 2 p.m. Supplies provided. Children younger than 8 must be accompanied by an adult.
•   Living history performance of The Amazing Mendes Cohen, about a Jewish American who fought in the Battle of Baltimore, takes place Sunday, Sept. 21, at 2 p.m. 
•   Introduction to Powerpoint for patrons age 13 and older meets Thursday, Sept. 25, at 7 p.m.
•   Anime and manga night for teens to draw and discuss manga and view new anime releases meets Tuesday, Sept. 23, at 7 p.m.
•   Battle of Baltimore history talk for patrons of all ages with Brian Reynolds from Fort McHenry begins Saturday, Sept. 20, at 2 p.m. Children younger than 8 must be accompanied by an adult. 
•   Intro to Microsoft Word for patrons age 13 and older meets Thursday, Sept. 18, at 2 p.m. Registration required.
•  “Up in Smoke” smoking cessation program sponsored by the Baltimore County Health Department, has started and meets Wednesdays from 6:30 to 7:30 through 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.
•   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)
 

•   Dragons and Dreams, a science workshop for youths ages 4 to 12, meets Saturday, Oct. 4, at 10:30 a.m. Particpants will learn about the science of fire and ice through experiments with flash paper, exploding bottles, dry ice and more.
•   Superhero Saturday for patrons of all ages meets every Saturday from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Call the library for titles and ratings. Children younger than 8 must be accompanied by an adult.
•   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.

 
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