Community Notes


March 17, 2004

Peace coalition sets forum on Iraq, Afghanistan wars

The Howard County Coalition for Peace and Justice will hold a public forum on the human and economic costs of the continuing wars in Iraq and Afghanistan from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at Owen Brown Interfaith Center, 7246 Cradlerock Way, Columbia.

Christopher Hellman, military budget analyst for the Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation in Washington, and Bridget Moix, foreign policy lobbyist with the Friends Committee on National Legislation, will speak.

Del. Elizabeth Bobo will discuss the impact of the wars on Maryland and Howard County. Representatives Elijah E. Cummings and Benjamin L. Cardin will also speak.

U.S. Sens. Barbara A. Mikulski and Paul S. Sarbanes have been invited.

The Howard County Coalition for Peace and Justice includes representatives of Howard County Friends of Latin America, Coalition of Asian Pacific-American Democrats/Howard County, Grandmothers for Peace, Howard County Muslim Council, Patapsco Friends Meeting, Sandy Spring Friends Meeting, Howard County Green Party, Marylanders for a Free Palestine and a Secure Israel, Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Columbia, Columbia United Christian Church, Veterans for Peace-Baltimore chapter, and Community Building of Howard County.

Family center offers support group for men

The National Family Resiliency Center of Columbia is offering a support group for men contemplating or experiencing separation or divorce.

The group, led by a licensed therapist, will meet from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on alternate Wednesdays, starting today.

A sliding fee is available. Registration is required.

Information: 410-740-9553.

Seniors group to hold meeting on friendship

S.P.R.I.N.G., Senior Peer Resources, Individuals, Networks and Groups, will sponsor "Fireside Chat: Friendship Sprouts in SPRING," from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. tomorrow at Florence Bain Senior Center, 5470 Ruth Keeton Way, Columbia.

Dot Keczmerski and Dee Solomon will introduce the Office on Aging's S.P.R.I.N.G. programs for senior adults through music and readings.

S.P.R.I.N.G., a program of the Howard County Department of Citizen Services' Office on Aging, will hold an open house at 10 a.m. March 30 at Western Howard County Senior Center.

Information: 410-313-5440.

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

Information: 410-313-7213.

Howard County Arc to hold Chocolate Ball

The Arc of Howard County will hold its seventh Chocolate Ball from 7 p.m. to midnight Saturday at the Kossiakoff Center of the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory in North Laurel.

The event is black-tie optional and includes dinner and dancing. Featured will be chocolate desserts made by area chefs and caterers, and an auction. There will be dancing, with music by Opus 1, after the sit-down dinner.

Tickets are $100. Proceeds will benefit the Arc of Howard County's vocational and residential support services, respite care and other programs for children and adults with developmental disabilities.

Information: 410-730-0638.

5K run Sunday to benefit Howard County YMCA

The Outback Steakhouse 5K for the YMCA is to start at 8:30 a.m. Sunday in Long Gate Shopping Center in Ellicott City.

Runners may pick up registration packets at the Howard County YMCA from 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday; or on race day at Outback Steakhouse in the Long Gate center between 7 a.m. and 8:15 a.m.

Entry fees are $15 in advance; $20 on race day. Proceeds will go to the annual fund of the Howard County YMCA of Central Maryland and will be used for scholarships.

The Howard County YMCA is at 4331 Montgomery Road, Ellicott City.

Information: 410-465-4334.

Columbia Council extends scholarship deadline

The Columbia Council has extended the deadline for the Spirit of Columbia Scholarship Award for Columbia high school seniors who have shown extraordinary dedication to community service.

As many as six $2,500 scholarships will be awarded.

Applications - which now must be submitted by Friday - are available at high schools, community centers and Columbia Association headquarters, 10221 Wincopin Circle.

Information: 401-715-3161.

Summer camps program registration under way

Registration is open for the Columbia Association's summer camps program. Camps are available for children ages 3 and older and include indoor and outdoor activities.

A brochure is available in the Columbia Association's 2004 Winter/Spring Activities Guide and at www.columbia Brochures are also available at the camp office at Columbia Association headquarters, 10221 Wincopin Circle.

Information: 410-715-3165.

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