Community Notes

March 05, 2002

Meeting to address fiscal 2003 budget to be held March 12

Howard County Executive James N. Robey will hold his second citizens' budget meeting for the fiscal 2003 budget cycle at 7:30 p.m. March 12 in the Banneker Room of the George Howard Building, 3430 Court House Drive, Ellicott City.

A summary of departmental budget requests will be available tomorrow in county libraries and from the county's Office of Public Information. Those who wish to speak at the meeting can sign up at 6:30 p.m. the day of the meeting.

A form will be available for residents who choose to comment via the Internet at; click on "Your views on the FY2003 Budget" button on the left side of the page under "What's New."

A sign-language interpreter for the meeting must be requested at least three working days in advance.

Information: 410-313-6400 or TTY, 410-313-6401.

Race relations is subject of HCC discussion program

Members of the community as well as Howard Community College students, faculty and staff are invited to participate in the college's spring Dialogue-Action Study Circles program, a series of open, guided discussions about race relations.

The first of six sessions will be held from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. today in Room L-152. The group will continue to meet through April 16, except during spring break, March 26.

The Dialogue-Action Circles are part of a nationwide initiative to create a process of healing through honest discussion. Each group is unique, so members of previous groups are welcome.

Participants must attend five of the six scheduled meetings.

Information or registration: 410-772-4896.

Literary group program to honor women's history

In celebration of March as Women's History Month, the Literary Arts Circle of the African Art Museum of Maryland will hold a program in praise of women, honoring Maggie Brown, president of the Columbia Association, who will be on hand to accept the award, and Simone Schwarz-Bart, author of In Praise of Black Women: Ancient African Queens.

Sandrah Monthieux Pelage, co-publisher of the book with the University of Wisconsin Press, will represent the author and sign books.

The event will be held from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at African Art Museum of Maryland, 5430 Vantage Point Road, Columbia. Reservations are requested. Admission is free.

Information: 410-730-7105.

Sigaty to announce run for County Council

Mary Kay Sigaty will announce the beginning of her campaign for Howard County Council, from District 4, at 5:30 p.m. tomorrow at Historic Oakland, 5430 Vantage Point Road, Columbia.

Tickets for the event, called "The Road Ahead," are $25. Tickets can be purchased at the door, or by calling 410-997-3395.

Grant available to help Sept. 11 financial victims

Funds are available to assist secondary victims suffering financial hardship as a result of the attacks of Sept. 11.

Episcopal Relief and Development, the outreach agency of the Episcopal Church in the United States, in cooperation with Christ Church Link, is offering small, one-time grants.

Applications: Mike Clark or Marjorie Lewis, 410-309-9695. A committee will review the applications.

Class for hearing impaired focuses on communication

The Howard County Department of Citizen Services' Office on Aging will offer an eight-week class on "Better Communication for the Hearing Impaired," from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Wednesdays, beginning tomorrow, at Florence Bain Senior Center, 5470 Ruth Keeton Way, Columbia.

The course is sponsored by SPRING Echoes, a hearing support group of Senior Peer Resources, Individuals, Networks and Groups. The cost is $20, which includes a six-month membership. The first two sessions are free. Registration is required.

Information: 410-313-7213.

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