Community Notes


April 15, 2004

Library group to hold book sale at branch for 10 days

Friends of Howard County Library will hold a book sale for 10 days, starting next week, at the east Columbia library, 6600 Cradlerock Way.

Low-priced books on all topics and in all genres, books on tape, videos and digital video discs will be for sale.

Hours will be from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. April 23 and 24; 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. April 25; 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. April 26-29; 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. April 30 and May 1; and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. May 2.

Donations for the book sale can be dropped off at the circulation desk of any county library.

Information: 410-313-7750.

Friends of Latin America to sponsor dinner, program

The Howard County Friends of Latin America will sponsor a potluck dinner and presentation on U.S. policies in Latin America, "The Cases of Colombia and Haiti," at 5:30 p.m. Sunday at the Meeting House in Oakland Mills Village Center, 5885 Robert Oliver Place, Columbia.

Speakers are to include Marylen Serna Salinas, an organizer of peasant women in the municipality of Cajibio, Colombia, and Melinda Miles and Eugenia Charles-Mathurin, co-directors of Haiti Reborn/Quixote Center.

The potluck is to start at 5:30 p.m.; the program will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Information: 410-381-4899.

Gray, Duncan to receive Wylene Sims 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.

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 limited-edition 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 developmental disabilities.

Registration is to begin 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

Women's Issues Group to deal with sex trauma

The Sexual Trauma Treatment, Advocacy and Recovery (STTAR) Center Inc. is holding interviews through tomorrow 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.

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