Community Notes

Community Notes

January 25, 2004

Panel discussion on desegregation set for Thursday

The Howard County Brown vs. Board of Education Planning Commission will present a panel discussion, "Remembering Desegregation," at 7 p.m. Thursday at Locust United Methodist church, 8105 Martin Road, at Freetown Road in Columbia.

Alumni of Harriet Tubman High School will participate in a panel discussion, and leaders of the community from 1954 to 1969 will attend.

The event is co-sponsored by the Howard County Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and the Howard County Center of African American Culture.

Light refreshments will be served. Admission is free.

Information: Wylene Burch, 410-715-1921, Natalie Woodson, 410-730-6984, or O.H. Laster, 301-596-3068.

Anti-drug group plans program on Ocean City

HC DrugFree, partnership of parents, schools, county agencies and community organizations addressing teen substance abuse, will present "Senior Week in Ocean City," a program in the organization's annual speaker series, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday in the Oakland Mills High School cafeteria.

The program is designed for parents of high school seniors, but all parents are welcome. An Ocean City police officer and a lifeguard will talk about keeping teens safe during the traditional Maryland end-of-year celebrations in Ocean City.

Registration is not required. The snow date is Feb. 4.

Information: Laura Smit, 410-799-4879 or www.hcdrugfree.com.

Group matches parents of special-needs children

Parent to Parent of Howard County matches parents of special-needs children together for support.

Parents who feel that they have valuable knowledge and would like to share it with other parents are offered training to become mentors, and then will be matched with parents in need of support.

Training will be from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. April 21 in Columbia. Information or to register: Kelly Dunning, 443-562-4772 or e-mail parenttoparent@att.net.

Volunteers being sought to help with blood drives

The Greater Chesapeake and Potomac Blood Services Region of the Red Cross is seeking volunteers ages 14 and older to help with blood drives.

Volunteers will greet donors, observe them after they donate blood and serve refreshments. A commitment of two or more blood drives per month is requested. Training is available.

Information or to register for training: 800-272-0094, Ext. 1.

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