Community Notes


December 10, 2003

Flu-shot clinic set tomorrow, Monday for those eligible

Howard County residents who are older than 50, are children from 6 months old to 23 months old or have a documented serious medical condition are eligible for one of the county Health Department's last 900 doses of flu vaccine, according to Dr. Penny Borenstein, the county health officer.

Shots will be given at a health clinic from noon to 7 p.m. tomorrow at The Other Barn in Oakland Mills Village Center and from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday at the county's Southeastern Health Center, next to the Savage library, at 9525 Durness Lane.

Residents must provide proof of residency.

Information: 410-313-6353, or

Rep. Cardin to discuss new Medicare law Friday

U.S. Rep. Benjamin L. Cardin of Maryland will discuss the new Medicare law at 1 p.m. Friday at the east Columbia 50+ Center in the east Columbia library, 6600 Cradlerock Way, Columbia.

The measure, which gives a prescription drug benefit to senior citizens and assigns a key role to private insurers, was signed into law by President Bush on Monday.

Everyone is welcome. Admission is free.

Information: 410-313-7680.

Human rights dinner to be held Monday evening

The Human Rights Potluck Dinner, originally scheduled last weekend, will be held from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday at Ellicott City Senior Center, 9401 Frederick Road, Ellicott City.

Sister Dianna Ortiz, human rights activist and director of Torture Abolition and Survivors Support Coalition International in Washington, and Laura Slattery, a West Point graduate and peace activist, will speak.

Ortiz, an American Ursuline nun, is author with Patricia Davis of The Blindfold's Eyes: My Journey From Torture to Truth, a book that describes her abduction and torture in Guatemala in 1989. The book will be available for purchase.

The event is co-sponsored by Howard County Friends of Latin America, Amnesty International Columbia-Laurel Group 228 and Howard County Human Rights Commission.

Information: Bob Steiner, 410-465-0987, or Leslie Salgado, 410-381-4899.

Volunteer administrators' luncheon slated tomorrow

The Howard County Association of Volunteer Administrators will hold a brown bag luncheon from noon to 1 p.m. tomorrow at Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks, 7120 Oakland Mills Road, Columbia.

Ginneh Baugh, program developer and trainer for United Way, will discuss outcome-based program evaluation.

The event is the second of a four-part series on volunteer program evaluations.

Admission is free for members; $5 for nonmembers.

Information: Elaine Lawrence, 410-313-7881.

Donations being sought for Holiday Mitten Trees

The Howard County Library invites everyone to help decorate its Holiday Mitten Trees with children's mittens, scarves and hats, preferably in pre-school sizes. The donations will be taken to local charities after the holidays.

Branches are open from 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday; and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

Information: central library, 410-313-7860; east Columbia library, 410-313-7700; Elkridge library, 410-313-5077; Glenwood library, 410-313-5577; Miller branch library, 410-313-1950; and Savage branch library, 410-880- 5975.

Soroptimist International seeks award applications

Soroptimist International of Howard County is accepting applications for the organization's Violet Richardson and Women's Opportunity awards.

The Violet Richardson Award recognizes young female volunteers.

Information: Glenda Johnson, 410-465-2545.

The Women's Opportunity Award helps support women who, as heads of households, must enter the work force to support themselves and their families.

Information: Ellen Cannon, 410-461-5922.

Applications must be submitted by Monday.

Soroptimist International of Howard County is part of an international organization for women in management and the professions that works to advance human rights and the status of women.

Information: Karen Trennepohl, 410-750-9413.

Mothers & More chapter looking for new members

The Southwest Baltimore chapter of Mothers & More seeks new members.

Information: 410-455-0498.

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