Community Notes

April 03, 2001

County assistance available in finding child-care services

Howard County parents may request assistance in finding state-licensed child-care centers, family child-care providers and programs for preschool-age and school-age children through a service called LOCATE: Child Care.

Trained child-care counselors are available at 410-313-1930 to help parents from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

LOCATE: Child Care is a service of the Howard County Child Care Resource Center - Department of Citizen Services.

Referrals are also made for subsidized health and child-care and tax credits.

Information: 410-313-1930, or and click on "Who's Watching the Children."

Meeting will address Columbia election issues

A community meeting to prepare for this month's elections for village board and Columbia Council members will be held from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. tomorrow at The Other Barn in Oakland Mills Village Center.

The event, called "Get Out the Vote," will provide residents an opportunity to meet and talk with candidates and make arrangements to volunteer to help with village elections, scheduled April 21. Polls will be open April 20 and April 21 in Kings Contrivance.

"Get Out the Vote" is sponsored by Vote 01, a group of residents working to identify outstanding candidates and increase voter interest.

Information: 410-730-8157.

Workshop to aid immigrants seeking protected status

The Foreign-born Information & Referral Network will offer a workshop for Salvadorans about applying for temporary protected status from 12:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at Wilde Lake Interfaith Center, 10431 Twin Rivers Road, Columbia.

The U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service has offered most Salvadorans living in the United States the right to stay and work in this country for at least 18 months, in response to a series of earthquakes in El Salvador in January and February.

The workshop will assist participants through each step of the application process for temporary protected status, from photographs to translation of documents to photocopies.

FIRN is a nonprofit organization serving immigrants and refugees in Howard County.

Information: Barbara Santillan, 410-992-1923, Ext. 12, or bsantillan

Sesquicentennial sites free to `passport' holders

Historic and cultural sites included in the Sesquicentennial Celebration's Passport to History program will open their doors to passport holders at no charge from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and May 2 and June 6.

Passports will be stamped at each site when passport holders complete the tour, and those who visit all the sites may enter a grand-prize drawing that will be held at the Sesquicentennial's Grand Finale on July 1.

Passports are available at Apple Ford in Columbia and sesquicentennial headquarters, 9944 Clarksville Pike (Route 108). Brochures for the event, listing site locations and hours of operation, are available at Howard County libraries and other locations.

Information: 410-313-7200.

Fund-raiser at Metzler's to benefit cancer center

Metzler's Garden Center & Florist will hold "Spring Into Life," a fund-raiser for the Claudia Mayer Cancer Resource and Image Center in Columbia on Saturday and Sunday. Metzler's will donate to the cancer center 10 percent of its proceeds from sales of living flowers, plants, shrubs and trees.

Information about the library and beauty salon for cancer patients will be available at the garden center. The Mayer center offers information and services to make living with cancer easier for patients and their families.

The center, at 5900 Cedar Lane, Columbia, is open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, and 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesdays.

Information: 410-740-5858.

Author to speak at fair for parents

Laura Sessions Stepp, author of "Our Last Best Shot: Guiding Our Children Through Early Adolescence," will speak at the first SPARKS Community Resource Fair from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. April 18 at Howard High School in Ellicott City.

Exhibitors, small discussion groups and brief consultations will be available.

SPARKS, which stands for Successful Parenting of Adolescents Requires Knowledge and Support, will hold four fairs during the next year to familiarize parents of teen-agers with community resources for dealing with challenges to their children's physical and emotional health.

The program, presented by Howard County General Hospital, is supported by a grant from the Horizon Foundation's Strategic Initiatives Program.

Information: 410-740-7605.

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