Community Notes


October 08, 2003

Consignment sale for children's goods is set for Oct. 25

The Dorsey Search Woman's Foundation Inc. will hold its Children's Consignment Sale from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Oct. 25 at Dunloggin Middle School, 9129 Northfield Road, Ellicott City.

Admission is $1. For safety reasons, strollers are not admitted before 9 a.m.

Sellers, who receive 50 percent of the sale price, must register in advance. Only children's clothing, toys, books, furniture, baby equipment and maternity items will be accepted for consignment. Proceeds will be donated to local charities.

Information: 410-997-1731. Please do not call the school.

Group offers therapy to sexual assault victims

The Sexual Trauma Treatment, Advocacy and Recovery (STTAR) Center Inc. will offer group therapy for middle and high school girls who have been victims of sexual assault or sexual abuse.

The center will also offer a women's issues group for females who have a history of sexual trauma.

The high school group will meet from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Dec. 15. The group for middle school girls will meet from 4:15 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Oct. 21 through Dec. 9. Registration is required.

The women's group will meet from noon to 1:20 p.m. Wednesdays, today through Dec. 17. Anyone interested should call to schedule an interview.

Financial aid is available to qualified applicants. Insurance is accepted.

Information: Holly Gillum, 410-290-6432.

Weekend events to mark Fire Prevention Week

The State Fire Marshal's Office is sponsoring a campaign in observance of National Fire Prevention Week 2003, which runs through Saturday.

Chief Joseph A. Herr of the Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue encourages residents to install and test smoke alarms regularly and practice home fire drills.

A parade and open house will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Elkridge Station No. 1, 6275 Old Washington Road, Elkridge. A parade will begin at 10 a.m. Lineup is scheduled to start at 9 a.m.

Information: 410-313-4901.

Open houses will also be held from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Ellicott City Station No. 2, 4150 Montgomery Road (410- 313-2602); at 11 a.m. Saturday at Savage Station No. 6, 8925 Lincoln St., Savage (410-880- 5803); and noon to 3 p.m. Sunday at Clarksville Station No. 5, 5000 Signal Bell Lane, Clarksville (410-313-7305).

A Fire and Police Expo is planned from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Columbia lakefront. A police dog demonstration, antique helicopter bicycle, food and drink and face-painting are planned. McGruff the Crime Dog will be on hand. Admission is free.

Information: 410-313-2036.

Sessions set for parents on teens' drug use

HC DrugFree, a grass-roots partnership of parents, schools and county agencies, will present the second program in its 2003-2004 Speaker Series, "Teens, Parties, Substance Abuse: What Parents Need to Know," at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at River Hill High School, in Clarksville.

Mike Gimbel, director of Substance Abuse Education at Sheppard Pratt Health Systems, will present information on the drugs teens are using, warning signs to look for, handling substance abuse situations and safeguarding against teen substance abuse.

"Alcohol and Teens in Howard County - Status Report," a program for parents only on underage drinking, fake identification, teen parties, driving under the influence of alcohol and parental liability, will be held from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 23 at Long Reach High School. Detective Martin Johnson and Officer Mark Heron of the Howard County Police Department and Tony Pung of Mothers Against Drunk Driving are to speak.

Information: 410-799-4879.

Mammograms are free for those who are eligible

In recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the Claudia Mayer Breast Cancer Foundation, in cooperation with Drs. Esposito, Mayer, Hogan and Associates and American Radiology will provide free mammograms this month to women ages 40 to 65 who have inadequate or no health insurance. Follow-up studies will also be free.

Information and to determine eligibility: 410-997-7081.

Donations will be accepted and should be sent to 6295 Cardinal Lane, Columbia, 21044.

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