Community Notes

November 13, 2001

Phone numbers are listed to contact Senator Sarbanes

Sen. Paul S. Sarbanes, the Maryland Democrat whose office in the Hart Building in Washington was temporarily closed after the receipt of a letter containing anthrax spores, can be reached at his Senate office number 202-224-4524.

Mail sent to Sarbanes' Washington office after Oct. 11 was not received.

Information: 202-224-4524, 301-589-0797 (Silver Spring field office), 301-724-0695 (Western Maryland field office) or 301-259-2404 (Southern Maryland field office).

Meeting for prospective adoptive parents is Nov. 29

The World Association for Children and Parents (WACAP), an international nonprofit adoption agency, will sponsor an information meeting for prospective adoptive parents from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Nov. 29 at the east Columbia library, 6600 Cradlerock Way.

Natasha Goncharova, director of WACAP's Russian program, will speak. The organization offers adoption programs in China, India, Korea, Romania, Russia, Thailand and the United States. It also provides aid to needy children.

Admission to the information meeting is free.

Information: Denise Panyik-Dale, 410-531-2729, or the3dales

Forum slated for those considering public office

The League of Women Voters and Vision - Howard County will sponsor a forum for prospective and declared candidates and their campaign teams - "Thought about Running for Public Office?" - from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Department of Education, 10910 Route 108, Ellicott City.

Former County Executive Charles I. Ecker, school board member Sandra French, Councilman C. Vernon Gray and Register of Wills Kay Hartleb will discuss "The Decision to Run," including motivation, time commitment, surprises and what it takes to be an effective officeholder.

"Organizing the Campaign and Reaching the Voter" will be discussed by campaign strategist Joan Athen, former school board member Anne Dodd, journalist Len Lazarick, political analyst Brad Coker and direct-mail marketing specialist Melinda Hamilton.

Vision - Howard County is a nonprofit civic organization dedicated to improving the quality of life in the county. Both organizations work to encourage participation in the civic life of Howard County.

Information or registration: League of Women Voters, 410-730- 0142.

Support group for family, friends of mentally ill

NAMI-Howard County offers a support group for friends and family members of people with a mental illness at 7:30 p.m. on the last Wednesday of each month at Harmony Hall Retirement Community, 6336 Cedar Lane, Columbia.

Information: Peggy Walton, 301-604-7199.

Office to recognize efforts against substance abuse

The Howard County Office of Substance Abuse Impact Services is sponsoring an awards program for young people and organizations whose efforts exemplify a partnership approach to addressing alcohol, tobacco and drug abuse in the community.

Nomination forms for the Howard County Substance Abuse Partnership Awards Program must be submitted, with five copies, by 5 p.m. Thursday. They should be sent to the Howard County Substance Abuse Partnership Awards Committee, Howard County Office of Substance Abuse Impact Services, 9250 Bendix Road, Columbia 21045.

Award recipients and nominees will be honored in a ceremony at the George Howard Building in Ellicott City on Jan. 28.

Information or to request a nomination form: 410-313-DRUG.

Cat adoption shows held Sundays at PetSmart

The Howard County Cat Club, in cooperation with Fancy Cats Rescue Team, holds adoption shows from noon to 3 p.m. Sundays at the Columbia PetSmart on Snowden River Parkway.

Rescued adults and kittens are available for adoption.

The cats are neutered or spayed and have been vaccinated and tested for feline leukemia and FIV. The Howard County Animal Shelter and Tails of Hope also participate in the program.

Information: 410-730-3679, or send e-mail to missyz@earthlink. net.

Information, help available for breast cancer patients

Theresa Hadley of Reflections of Symmetry will meet with people interested in breast forms, bathing suits and other products for breast cancer patients at Claudia Mayer Cancer Resource and Image Center, 5900 Cedar Lane, Columbia. Appointments will be scheduled Friday and Nov. 30, Dec. 7 and Dec. 21.

The resource and image center provides information and services to cancer patients and their families. Information: 410-740-5858.

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