Community Notes


April 21, 2004

HC DrugFree offers program to combat teen substance abuse

HC DrugFree, a partnership of parents, schools, Howard County agencies and community organizations addressing teen substance abuse, will present "Teen Dating and Sex: The Role of Alcohol and Drugs" from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. today at Atholton High School in Columbia.

The program will focus on the importance of talking to teens about dating, healthy relationships, abstinence and sex, and the increased risk of sexual activity when teens drink alcohol or use drugs.

Representatives from the Howard County Health Department, the Coalition for Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention, the Sexual Trauma Treatment and Recovery (STTAR) Center and Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) will talk about behavior that puts teens at risk and answer questions.

"Guiding Good Choices: Substance Abuse Prevention," a program for middle school parents, will be held from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. tomorrow at Harper's Choice Middle School in Columbia.

Anne Walker, substance abuse prevention coordinator at the Health Department, will share information and help parents develop skills to prevent substance abuse.

Topics include laying the groundwork for preventing drug abuse, drugs and their effects, talking with children about drugs, helpful Web sites, risk factors and protective factors and the legal consequences of substance abuse for parents and children.

Therapist Brad Sachs will talk about his forthcoming book, The Good Enough Teen: How to Raise an Imperfect Adolescent and Be Perfectly Satisfied, from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. April 28 at Wilde Lake High School in Columbia.

Information: Laura Smit, 410-799-4879 or

Community Services Day fair to be held today

The Volunteer and Community Services Day Fair is being held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today at Howard Community College's Galleria.

Speakers at a 9 a.m. program before the fair include County Executive James N. Robey; HCC President Mary Ellen Duncan; Dawn Fisk Thomsen, president of the Association of Community Services; and others.

Those who attend will have an opportunity to talk with volunteers and learn about local service organizations.

Admission is free.

Friends of the library to hold 10-day book sale

Friends of Howard County Library will hold a book sale for 10 days, starting Friday, 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. Friday and Saturday; 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday; 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday April 26 through April 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.

Author Elinor Lipman will appear at "Supper at Six," a dinner to benefit the Howard County Public Library, at 6 p.m. Monday at Elkridge Furnace Inn.

Tickets are $40 for members of Friends of Howard County Library; $45 for nonmembers.

The event is a partnership venture of the library, Maryland Center for the Book and Friends of Howard County Library.

Information: 410-31-7750.

Sorority chapter planning a benefit fashion show

The Iota Lambda Omega chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority in Columbia will hold its annual scholarship benefit fashion show at 12:30 p.m. Sunday at the Hyatt Regency Baltimore, 300 Light St., Baltimore.

Proceeds will go to the chapter's Pearl Foundation, which provides scholarships to college-bound Howard County residents.

Tickets are $50 a person.

Information: 410-465-2741.

Registration under way for CA summer camps

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

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

Information: 410-715-3165.

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