In Baltimore County
Towson University to hold discussion on hate crimes tomorrow
TOWSON -- A forum on hate crimes, sponsored by Towson University Multicultural Institute and the county Human Relations Commission, will be held from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. tomorrow in Towson's University Union. Maryland U.S. Attorney Lynne A. Battaglia will be keynote speaker.
A panel of experts will address topics such as "Confronting a Hate Crime -- What to Do?" The forum will include a discussion about how Baltimore County Police Department deals with hate crime incidents. Towson President Hoke L. Smith and County Executive C. A. Dutch Ruppersberger are expected to participate.
The free event is open to the public.
Forum to discuss stress on families during holidays
CATONSVILLE -- A free forum "Are You at Risk for Family Stress During the Holidays?" will be held at 3 p.m. Wednesday in Q Lounge of the Catonsville campus of Community College of Baltimore County.
Karen Eskow of Towson University's family studies department and Melissa Azur of Grass Roots Crisis and Intervention Center will discuss how the holiday season creates stress in families.
Volunteers sought to feed, provide toys for the needy
TOWSON -- The Baltimore County Department of Social Services is seeking volunteers to help feed needy families and provide toys during the holidays.
The program will accept money to purchase food certificates or toys. Organizations joining the program can collect new toys for adopted families. Adopt-A-Family information: Volunteer Office Holiday Project, 410-853-3024.
College to present play featuring 1940s music, dance
ESSEX -- A Christmas holiday play featuring music and dance from the postwar era of the late 1940s will be presented Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Dec. 8 at the Essex campus of Community College of Baltimore County.
Show times vary for the production at the college's campus theater, 7201 Rossville Blvd.
In Baltimore City
Poly walk raises donations for United Negro College Fund
More than 100 Polytechnic Institute students and faculty walked Friday from the high school to Morgan State University, raising more than $5,400 for the United Negro College Fund.
Sandy Loughlin, head teacher of Community of Caring, which sponsored the 3.75-mile walk, said she expects money to continue arriving as students collect pledges from friends.
Poly senior Alicia Howard raised $703, the most of any student, and Vice Principal Samuel Brown raised more than $400, the most of any faculty member.
Choirs, fireworks to mark monument lighting Thursday
Mount Vernon's West Park will be alive with holiday spirit, including entertainment, for the Holiday Lighting of Baltimore's Washington Monument on Thursday.
Festivities begin at 5: 45 p.m., and choir performances by the Baltimore City College Choir and Gilman School's Upper School Glee Club will begin at 6 p.m. The monument will be lighted at 6: 20 p.m., followed by a fireworks finale.
Kosher food pantry seeks donations for Hanukkah
The third annual Hanukkah for the Hungry food drive will take place today through Dec. 12 to benefit the Kosher Food Pantry of Jewish Family Services.
The Kosher Food Pantry provides food to those in need in the Jewish community, including the elderly on fixed incomes, individuals with disabilities or mental illness, unemployed adults and their families, homeless people, single-parent families with low incomes and new immigrant families.
Information: 410-542-6300, Ext. 296.