Family's role in preventing drug abuse to be discussed

November 05, 2003

HC DrugFree, a coalition of parents, schools, county agencies and community organizations, will present "The Family: The First Line of Defense in Preventing Substance Abuse" from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday at Jim Rouse Theatre at Wilde Lake High School, 5460 Trumpeter Road, Columbia.

The program will focus on the importance of family support, boundaries, expectations, values and communication in helping young people avoid alcohol and other drugs.

Speakers will include Maryland first lady Kendel Ehrlich; Wilde Lake High School Principal Restia Whitaker; Richard Krieg, president and chief executive officer of Horizon Foundation; Tom Cargiulo, director of substance abuse services for the Howard County Health Department; and Lynda Mitic, principal of Centennial High School and a founder of HC DrugFree.

Parents and teen-agers are urged to attend. Registration is not required.

HC DrugFree offers a speaker series from October to April covering topics such as teen drug use, underage drinking and driving, Senior Week in Ocean City, depression, leadership and dating.

Information: 410-799-4879.

`Artfully Wilde' gift sale will be held Nov. 15

Slayton House Gallery in Wilde Lake Village Green will present "Artfully Wilde," a one-day sale of contemporary and traditional gifts, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 15.

Work in wood, glass and fiber, pottery, photography, home accessories, clothing, jewelry, cards and baskets made by 30 regional artists and artisans will be available.

The event, started about 10 years ago by Mary Kay Sigaty, is now organized by four artists: Winnie Coggins of Long Reach; Jann Tamburello of Ellicott City; Nancy McIntosh of western Howard County; and Shawnnee Holmberg of North Laurel, Coggins said.

This year, the show's participants will donate a portion of the proceeds to help support arts events at Slayton House.

"Slayton House has been one of the most amenable and friendly of the village centers to the arts," Coggins said.

Admission is free.

Information: 410-730-3987 or 301-596-4883.

Wilde Lake High School blood drive set today

Wilde Lake High School will hold its fall blood drive from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. today in the school's main and auxiliary gymnasiums. A lunch break is scheduled from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Appointments are not necessary. Students ages 16 or older who are in good health, meet minimum weight standards and have a parent's permission can donate blood. Last year, the school collected 430 pints of blood.

The American Red Cross' Save-A-Life Tour, which features a mobile museum, will be at the school from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the interfaith center parking lot.


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