Community Notes


October 30, 2003

Dozens of nonprofits to participate in `Calling All Leaders'

Representatives from about 40 nonprofit groups will be on hand from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. today at Howard Community College to give residents a chance to explore leadership positions in the community service organizations.

The event, "Calling All Leaders," will be held in the college's Instructional Laboratory Building. Barbara Lawson, president of the Columbia Foundation, will speak.

Registration is requested. For a list of participating organizations, call 410-772-4820.

CA president to preside over cyber-chat today

Columbia Association President Maggie J. Brown will be the host of a cyber-chat from 6 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. today.

Residents can make suggestions, share insights or ask questions.

To join the chat, go to

Information: Megan Monahan at 410-715-3171.

Cooperative ministry seeking artists for fair

The Columbia Cooperative Ministry is seeking artisans to show and sell their work at its annual craft fair. The fair is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 15 at the Wilde Lake Interfaith Center, 10421 Twin Rivers Road, Columbia.

The cost is $35 for a space with a table. Proceeds will go to Heifer Project International, a program to supply farm animals to low-income rural families.

Information: George Martin at 410-730-7862 or gwmartin@

Office on Aging plans Thanksgiving celebration

The annual Thanksgiving celebration sponsored by Howard County Executive James N. Robey and the Department of Citizen Services' Office on Aging will be held Nov. 19 at the Ten Oaks Ballroom, Clarksville.

Two seatings are planned. The program for the first seating begins at 11 a.m.; lunch is at noon. The second seating begins at 4:30 p.m.; dinner is at 5:30 p.m.

Tickets are $7. Reservations can be made Tuesday through Nov. 7 at the Florence Bain Senior Center, 5470 Ruth Keeton Way, Columbia, or by calling 410-313-7213.

Volunteers, 13 and older, are needed to help serve from 3:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Information: Regina Jenkins at 410-313-1417.

X-ray service is available to check Halloween candy

The Howard County Sheriff's Office will offer the use of its X-ray machine from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. tomorrow to check Halloween candy collected by children.

The service will be available at the Howard County Courthouse, 8360 Court Ave., Ellicott City.

Information: 410-313-4167.

`Tears and Smiles' groups to provide grief counseling

The Steven Daniel Jeffreys Foundation will offer one-day "Tears and Smiles" bereavement support groups from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Mount Hebron House, Mount Hebron Presbyterian Church, 2351 Calvin Circle, Ellicott City.

Separate groups will be available for children and adolescents, and for their parents. The groups are led by professional facilitators. A fee is charged on a sliding-scale basis; no one is turned away because of an inability to pay.

Information: J. Shep Jeffreys at 410-730-3310 or Allyson Nugent at 410-465-8311.

Free mammograms offered to those who are eligible

In recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the Claudia Mayer Breast Cancer Foundation is providing free mammograms this month to women ages 40 to 65 who have inadequate or no health insurance. Follow-ups will also be free.

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

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