Community Notes


August 08, 2004

Cuts Against Cancer to be held Aug. 29 at Columbia salon

The seventh Cuts Against Cancer will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 29 at Mason & Friends Hair Studio in Columbia.

Proceeds from the event, which offers discounted haircuts and other services contributed by Howard County beauty salons and their staffs, will benefit the Claudia Mayer Cancer Resource and Image Center.

A service of Howard County General Hospital, the center helps cancer patients and their families find resources to make living with cancer easier.

Participating salons include envy, George of New York, Looks Salon & Spa, Lutfi's International Salon & Spa, Lynn's Day Spa, Patrick's Hair Design Day Spa, Rafet's Hairmasters, Tagi's Hair Design, Solon Francisco, and Victoria & Albert Hair Studio.

Haircuts are $20; $25 blown dry. Manicures are $12, and seated massage by Corporate Pit Stop is $15 for 15 minutes. Only walk-in appointments are available on the day of the event.

Raffle tickets to win a "Day of Beauty" and other prizes will be offered at the participating salons. A silent auction of vacation packages, tickets to sporting events and other items is also planned.

Mason & Friends is at 6770 Oak Hall Lane, Columbia.

Information: 410-381-2440, or visit

School-supplies drive donations deadline nears

Prepare for Success is collecting school supplies for the fall for Howard County children from low-income families.

Drop-off boxes for supplies and backpacks will be available through Tuesday at Howard County libraries, government buildings, Columbia Association recreation facilities, Columbia village centers, the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory, the Columbia Bank, ExploraWorld, Ascend One and the Body Factory.

Monetary donations are also welcome.

The project has provided school supplies and a new backpack to almost 4,000 county children during the past three years. Its goal for this year is 1,500 backpacks.

School supplies that are needed include backpacks, boxes of eight and 24 crayons, highlighters, zipper pouches, 12-inch rulers, pencil boxes, single-subject spiral notebooks, subject dividers, composition books, 2-inch binders, three-hole lined paper, erasable pens, No. 2 pencils, pink erasers, glue sticks, blunt scissors, red pens and folders.

Financial contributions can be mailed to Prepare for Success, 6800 Oakland Mills Road, Columbia 21045.

Information: Mike Clark, 410-309-9695.

Nominations being sought for Disability Act awards

County Executive James N. Robey and the Howard County Commission on Disability Issues are seeking nominations for the 10th awards program recognizing outstanding work in promoting the intent of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Award categories include Employer of the Year; Accessibility, for efforts to make facilities, programs and services fully available to people with disabilities; Individual Achievement; Service Provider, for individuals or agencies providing outstanding services; the Ralph Mulloy Advocacy Achievement award, which recognizes extraordinary efforts to promote full participation in community life for people with disabilities; and the Youth award, given to young people involved in advocacy and leadership.

Nominations, which are due by Aug. 16, can be mailed to the Commission on Disability Issues, Columbia Gateway Building, 6751 Columbia Gateway Drive, Columbia 21046, or faxed to 410-313-6424.

To request a nomination form: 410-313-6402. Forms are also available at county libraries, public buildings and at the Office of Disabilities Services in the Columbia Gateway Building.

Legion post in Columbia marking its first birthday

American Legion Post 300 of Columbia is celebrating its first birthday. The group will meet at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, 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.

Columbia panel pondering governance proposals

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 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. All the meetings start at 7:30 p.m.

The proposals to be discussed are available at www.columbia; click on "Columbia Council," then click on "Governance Proposals."

Residents are welcome to attend the meetings 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.

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