Community Notes

Community Notes

August 01, 2004

Group to raise funds to buy calling cards for military overseas

The Yingling-Ridgely Jr. Girls Unit 7472 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Ladies Auxiliary will sponsor a Back Yard Mini Fair, "Help a Hero ... Call Home," from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at 10372 Tuscany Road, Ellicott City.

The event, which will include games and prizes, refreshments and raffles, will raise money for free calling cards for military personnel serving overseas and for wounded personnel at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda and area veterans' hospitals.

information or to make a donation: 410-313-8025 or 410- 719-2615.

The Jr. Girls Unit, with members ages 5 to 16, meets once a month to make cards and crafts, and pays monthly visits to the Baltimore VA Medical Center to bring snacks and cheer the veterans.

Legion post in Columbia celebrates first birthday

American Legion Post 300 of Columbia is celebrating its first birthday.

The group will meet at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 10 and on the second Tuesday of each month at Owen Brown Interfaith Center, 7246 Cradlerock Way, Columbia.

All veterans are welcome.

Information: Norm North, 410-997-8655.

Governance panel meeting in Columbia

The Columbia Association's Governance Committee is conducting discussions on proposals submitted to the board recommending changes in the town's governance structure.

Meetings are scheduled at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday and Aug. 11 in the boardroom at Columbia Association headquarters, 10221 Wincopin Circle, Town Center, Columbia; Aug. 18 in the management information systems conference room; Aug. 25 in the small conference room; and Sept. 1 in the boardroom. The meetings are at 7:30 p.m.

The proposals to be discussed are available at www.columbia association.com. Click on "Columbia Council," then on "Governance Proposals. Residents are welcome to attend and are invited to call or e-mail their representatives with comments or concerns. Discussion at the meetings will be limited to committee members.

Information: 410-715-3115.

Columbia Archives extends summer evening hours

The Columbia Association's Columbia Archives is extending its weekday evening hours during the summer.

The office is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Wednesdays, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursdays, and closed Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

Photographs, videotapes of Columbia's history and other historical materials are available to visitors.

The archive is on the ground floor of the American City Building, 10227 Wincopin Circle, in Columbia's Town Center.

Information: Barbara Kellner, 410-715-3103.

Help offered for friends and families of mentally ill

NAMI-Howard County (formerly the Howard County chapter of the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill) is offering a free support group that meets at 7:30 p.m. on the last Wednesday of each month at Harmony Hall, 6336 Cedar Lane, Columbia.

The organization provides support and education for families and friends of individuals with mental illness.

Information: 410-772-9300.

Blood shortage reported; Red Cross seeks donors

The Greater Chesapeake and Potomac blood services region of the Red Cross has reported a significant drop in donations and a consequent shortage of blood products for patients in area hospitals.

Anyone who wants to donate blood should call 800-GIVE- LIFE.

Apheresis (platelet) donors can call 800-272-2123 for information and appointments.

Businesses and community groups willing to hold blood drives should call 800-787-9282, Ext. 4925.

The Red Cross is seeking youth, age 14 and older, to work at blood drives this summer. The volunteers will welcome donors in the reception area and help care for them after they donate blood.

Training will be provided. Service learning credits are available.

Registration for training: 800-272-0094, Ext. 1.

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