Community Notes


March 07, 2004

Women's group to hold meeting on philanthropy

The Women's Giving Circle of Howard County will hold its second Meeting and Afternoon Tea from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday at The Other Barn in Oakland Mills Village Center, in Columbia.

Donors, friends and members of the public are invited.

Baltimore philanthropist Shelley Goldseker will discuss "The Gender Lens: Philanthropy From a Woman's Perspective."

Grant recipients and others will also speak.

The group's mission is to build a community of women philanthropists, create a permanent endowment fund and provide grants to institutions and initiatives that address the needs of women and girls in Howard County.

Admission is $20. Reservations are requested.

Information: 410-730-7840, or

Robey to discuss budget Tuesday in Ellicott City

County Executive James N. Robey will hold his second citizens' budget meeting on the fiscal 2005 budget at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Banneker Room of the George Howard Building, 3430 Court House Drive, Ellicott City.

A summary of county departmental requests will be available in county library branches, online at and by calling the county's public information office at 410-313-2022.

Sign-up for residents who want to testify at the meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. A form is available on the county's home page,, for those who want to send comment electronically.

Information: 410-313-2022 or

Dinner-dance, auction to benefit SAFE program

The Sexual Trauma Treatment, Advocacy and Recovery (STTAR) Center Inc. will hold "La Fiesta de Estrellas," a dinner-dance and silent auction to raise money for and highlight the Sexual Assault Forensic Exam (SAFE) program.

The event will be held from 7:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Saturday at Ten Oaks Ballroom in Clarksville. Dinner will be served with beer, wine and beverages. A cash bar is planned.

The SAFE program, which provides emergency care and forensic examinations for rape victims, is sponsored by the STTAR Center in collaboration with Howard County General Hospital.

Tickets, available only in advance, are $75; $600 for a table of 10.

Information: 410-290-6432

Gay marriage is topic of town hall meeting

The Howard County chapter of PFLAG (Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) will hold a town hall meeting to discuss marriage equality for gay and lesbian couples at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Owen Brown Interfaith Center, 7246 Cradlerock Way, Columbia.

Jean Moon will be the moderator for a panel discussion that will include Rabbi Sonya Starr, the Rev. Paige Getty, County Councilman Guy Guzzone, Dan Furmansky of Equality Maryland, a lesbian couple and a gay couple.

The event is co-sponsored by Equality Maryland, Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Columbia, Metropolitan Community Church of Columbia and Howard County National Organization for Women.

Information: 410-290-8292, or

S.P.R.I.N.G. holding three open houses

S.P.R.I.N.G. (Senior Peer Resources, Individuals, Networks and Groups), a program of the Howard County Department of Citizen Services' Office on Aging, will hold open houses at 10:30 a.m. at Elkridge Senior Center at 10:30 a.m. tomorrow (410-313-5192); at 11 a.m. March 16 at Ellicott City Senior Center (410-313-1400); and at 10 a.m. March 30 at Western Howard County Senior Center (410-313-5440).

S.P.R.I.N.G. offers support groups, activities, social events, trips and opportunities to volunteer and make friends. Registration is suggested.

Information: 410-313-7213.

Summer Camps Program registration under way

Registration is open for the Columbia Association's 2004 Summer Camps Program. Camps are available for children ages 3 and older, and include indoor and outdoor activities.

A brochure, which contains descriptions of the camps offered and registration forms, is available in the Columbia Association's "2004 Winter/Spring Activities Guide" and at Brochures are also available at the camp office at Columbia Association headquarters, 10221 Wincopin Circle.

Information: 410-715-3165.

Stress, depression in teens to be discussed Wednesday

HC DrugFree, a partnership of parents, schools, county agencies and community organizations addressing teen substance abuse, is presenting its free spring speaker series for Howard County parents and students.

"Teen Stress and Depression" will be the topic Wednesday at Reservoir High School, and "Ask the Counselor," with a panel of Health Department, school and private counselors, is planned March 18 at Mount Hebron High School.

The series is to run through April 28.

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

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