Community Notes

November 25, 2001

Contributions sought for fund that helps aged in time of need

A community fund set up by Vivian L. Reid, former director of the Howard County Office on Aging, is designed to meet personal emergencies of elderly people who may need help with food, utilities, rent or medicine.

The Vivian L. Reid fund is administered by the Office on Aging. Reid contributes $1,000 annually to the fund and is reaching out to the Howard community for additional help during the holidays. The fund is intended to fill any gap in services provided by local government programs for vulnerable senior citizens.

Donations should be sent to the Vivian L. Reid Fund, Howard County Office on Aging, Gateway Building, 6751 Columbia Gateway Drive, Columbia 21046.

Raphael Trio to perform at Union Chapel, Glenwood

The Civic and Community Life Committee of Vision - Howard County will sponsor a concert by the Raphael Trio at 3 p.m. Dec. 2 at Union Chapel in Glenwood.

The trio will perform works by Telemann, Vivaldi and Johann Christian Bach. Warren Sargent, a longtime member of St. Andrew's Church, will present a brief history of Union Chapel, which is reminiscent of a Quaker meeting house.

The event is the second in a series of cultural events featuring local artists at historic sites in Howard County. The series is organized by the Civic and Community Life Committee and financed in part by a grant from the Howard County Arts Council.

Admission is $5.

Information: 410-531-7078.

Grass, leaves offered to residents for compost

The Rake 'n Take Program, sponsored by the Howard County master gardeners, offers bags of grass or leaves for compost to county residents willing to pick them up.

"Takers" are needed for hundreds of bags of leaves.

Information or to be matched with a "raker" in your neighborhood: 410-442-2614, or send e-mail to

Cajun dance, dinner party Dec. 2 to benefit STTAR

The Sexual Trauma, Treatment, Advocacy and Recovery Center (STTAR), formerly the Howard County Sexual Assault Center, will hold a Southwestern Louisiana Cajun Dance and Dinner Party, with live music by Squeeze Bayou, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Dec. 2 at the Savage Fire Department.

Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. The cost for a Cajun dinner is $5. Beer, soda and water will be sold. Proceeds will benefit the STTAR Center, a nonprofit agency.

Information: 410-290-6432.

Meeting for prospective adoptive parents Thursday

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. Thursday 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

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, Dec. 7 and Dec. 21.

The resource and image center, which contains a lending library and beauty salon, provides information and services to cancer patients and their families.

Post-mastectomy products are covered by Medicare and most insurance companies, and Reflections of Symmetry will process insurance claims.

Information or to schedule an appointment: 410-740-5858.

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