Community Notes

May 12, 2002

Transportation Advocates to meet Tuesday morning

The Transportation Advocates, a citizens group working with county and state officials to improve public transportation in the region, will meet from 7:45 a.m. to 9 a.m. Tuesday at Florence Bain Senior Center, 5470 Ruth Keeton Way, Columbia.

Coffee will be available at 7:45 a.m.

Susan Rosenbaum, deputy director of Citizen Services, will give an overview of paratransit services, the demand-response transportation system funded by Howard County.

Transportation Advocates meets on the second Tuesday of the month, six times a year.

Information: 410-995-0125, or

Earth Treks fund-raiser to aid FDNY's Squad 18

Earth Treks, 7125-C Columbia Gateway Drive, will hold a fund-raiser May 18 for Squad 18, a firehouse in Manhattan that lost seven firefighters at the World Trade Center on Sept. 11.

Jimmy Murray, a firefighter formerly with Squad 18 who works with another New York firehouse, is a cousin of Earth Treks owner Chris Warner.

A firetruck and local fire and rescue staff members will be on hand, the Earth Treks climbing gym will be open and its staff will offer instruction.

T-shirts will be for sale.

Admission is $15 for ages 7 and older.

Children younger than age 7 will be admitted free.

Proceeds will go to the Squad 18 Family Fund.

Information: 410-872-0060, 800-CLIMB-UP. Or check the Web at www.earthtreks and www.

Volunteer fund-raisers sought by leukemia group

The Maryland chapter of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Team In Training program is recruiting volunteers to help raise money for the society by training to run, walk, cycle or skate in honor of local patients.

An orientation session will be held at 6 p.m. tomorrow at Columbia Athletic Club and 6 p.m. June 6 at the central library, 10375 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia.

Information: 410-825-2500, or

Support group for mothers meets twice a month

Local chapter meetings of the national not-for-profit group Mothers & More are held on two Wednesdays each month at Immanuel United Church of Christ in Catonsville.

The support group for mothers, which draws its membership from Howard County and the surrounding area, attempts to address needs and interests of women during their child-rearing years.

Information: 410-379-6459, or

Library seeks assistance with summer activities

Volunteers are being sought to help with the Howard County Library's summer reading program, "Race to Read," and other summer activities. Help is needed with summer reading registration, programs, paper cutting, crafts, bulletin board displays and shelving of compact discs and magazines.

Anyone ages 13 or older who enjoys working with children is welcome.

Information: Elaine Lawrence, 410-313-7881.

Program links grass rakers with those who use clippings

The Howard County Master Gardeners is offering its "Rake and Take Program."

Residents who rake and bag their grass may dispose of it by giving it to those who will use it for compost.

Information: 410-313-2707.

Homeless-aid organization is seeking volunteers

Congregations Concerned for the Homeless, which provides transitional housing services for families in Howard County, seeks volunteers to paint and repair houses, pick up and deliver furniture, design a Web site and help with fund raising.

Information: 410-884-5408.

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