Community Notes

Community Notes

April 11, 2004

Gray and Duncan are to receive the Burch Award

The Howard County Center of African American Culture Inc. will celebrate its 16th year by presenting the Wylene Sims Burch Award to former councilman C. Vernon Gray and Howard Community College President Mary Ellen Duncan at a dinner Saturday at Turf Valley Resort and Conference Center in Ellicott City.

The award, established in 2002, is named in honor of the founder and director of the center.

Information: 410-715-1921.

Disaster preparedness orientation set Tuesday

The Volunteer Center Serving Howard County, in cooperation with CERN (Community Emergency Response Network) is recruiting community members to volunteer for disaster preparedness and recovery with local nonprofit and government agencies.

A disaster preparedness orientation will be held from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Savage branch library, 9525 Durness Lane.

Space is limited; registration is required.

Information: 410-715-3172.

Mayer cancer center holding an open house

The Claudia Mayer Cancer Resource and Image Center, 5900 Cedar Lane, Columbia, will hold its sixth-anniversary open house from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday.

The facility, a service of Howard County General Hospital, offers a lending library and private, fully equipped salon for cancer patients.

Information: 410-740-5858, or

Inspiration Walk to benefit Special Olympics in county

Special Olympics Howard County will sponsor its third Inspiration Walk on Saturday at Centennial Park. Participants will walk 2.3 miles around Centennial Lake.

Walkers with $25 or more in pledges will receive a T-shirt and be eligible for a random prize drawing. For each $100 pledged, participants receive an additional ticket for the drawing. Those who raise $500 or more receive a jacket.

Water, fruit and snacks will be supplied.

Proceeds from the event will help provide year-round sports training and athletic competition for Howard County children and adults with mental retardation or related developmental disabilities.

Registration begins at 8 a.m. The walk will be started at 9:15 a.m. by Howard County Executive James N. Robey, its honorary chairman. Prize giveaways are to begin at 8:45 a.m.

Information or to request sponsor forms: 410-740-0500, or

Meeting slated Tuesday on methadone centers

Howard County Councilman David A. Rakes will hold a community meeting about possible legislation governing the location of methadone centers in the county.

The meeting is to be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Banneker Room of the George Howard Building, 3430 Court House Drive, Ellicott City.

Howard Police Chief Wayne Livesay, Health Officer Dr. Penny E. Borenstein and the manager and clients of a local methadone treatment center will speak. The public is invited to participate.

Information: Tiffany Taliaferro, 410-313-2001.

Women's Issues Group to deal with sex trauma

The Sexual Trauma Treatment, Advocacy and Recovery (STTAR) Center Inc. is holding interviews through Friday for participants in a Women's Issues Group for women with a history of sexual trauma.

The group will meet from noon to 1:20 p.m. Wednesdays for 12 weeks, starting this month. Insurance is accepted. Applicants may qualify for low-cost or free participation.

Therapists with experience in same-sex trauma issues are available. A 24-hour crisis hot line also is available: 410-997- 3292.

Sister Cities Program wants recipes for cookbook

The Columbia Association's Sister Cities Program is seeking recipes from other countries for a commemorative cookbook celebrating 10 years of Columbia International Day.

"Food for Thought" is the theme for this year's event, which will be held July 24 at the Columbia Lakefront.

Proceeds from the sale of the cookbooks, which are to be available starting July 24, will go to students in the Sister Cities Program. Program alumni are asked to send photos, quotes or news for use in the cookbook or in a display.

Recipes can be sent to Sister Cities Program, 10221 Wincopin Circle, Columbia 21044 or sent by e-mail to, by Friday.

Information: Tori Adams, 410-715-3162, or Carol Wasser, 410-715-3161.

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