Community Notes


November 12, 2003

ACS breakfast with elected officials to be held Tuesday

The Association of Community Services (ACS) will hold its Elected Officials' Breakfast at 7:30 a.m. Tuesday at The Meeting House, 5885 Robert Oliver Place, Columbia.

People directly served by ACS members will talk about the impact of current and proposed cuts on their lives with Howard County Council and state delegation representatives.

The breakfast is an opportunity for directors and staff members of human service agencies and others to discuss the delivery of services in the county. The meeting is open to the public.

Space is limited, and reservations are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. A continental breakfast will be available.

The cost is $12 for association members; $15 for nonmembers. Registration is required by Friday.

The association includes 140 nonprofit, for-profit and government agencies and citizen advocates.

Information: 410-796-7824, or

Family Volunteer Day events set for Saturday

The Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks will participate in National Family Volunteer Day from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at local parks and historic sites.

The day has been designated by the Points of Light Foundation as a time for families, friends, Scouting and religious organizations to work to improve their community.

Participants should take a canned food item for the Howard County Food Bank.

Information or to sign up for a project: Ann Combs, 410-313- 4624.

Women's panel seeks hall of fame nominations

The Howard County Commission for Women seeks nominations of outstanding women for induction into the Women's Hall of Fame in March, which is Women's History Month.

Forms are available at Howard County library branches or online at form.htm. Nominations must be received by Friday.

Completed packets, which must include the nomination form, three letters of recommendation, a biographical account and a photograph, should be mailed to the Commission for Women, P.O. Box 358, Simpsonville 21150-0348.

Information: 410-313-6400.

Help is available Nov. 20 for breast surgery patients

Theresa Hadley of Reflections of Symmetry will show a new custom breast form, by appointment, for people who have undergone breast surgery. She will be available from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 20 at Claudia Mayer Cancer Resource and Image Center, 5900 Cedar Lane, Columbia.

The form is described as a nonsurgical breast reconstruction. Bras, swimwear and sleepwear also will be available. The center has sample products so clients can try them on, order and receive their purchases quickly.

Post-mastectomy products are covered by Medicare and most insurance companies. Reflections of Symmetry will process all insurance claims for clients.

Information or to make an appointment: 410-740-5858.

Domestic Violence Center seeks help-line volunteers

The Domestic Violence Center of Howard County seeks men and women, ages 21 and older, to assist with its 24-hour help line. Training that includes crisis intervention, counseling techniques, communication and listening skills will be offered Friday and Saturday.

Volunteers handle calls from their homes. Daytime and bilingual volunteers are especially needed.

Information: Jenny Landis, 410-997-0304.

Cooperative ministry seeking artisans for fair

Columbia Cooperative Ministry seeks artisans to show and sell their work at its craft fair, scheduled from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday 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, 410-730-7862, or gwmartin@

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