Community Notes


August 11, 2004

Walking tour of the lakefront scheduled for Friday

The Columbia Association's Columbia Archives invites residents to a lakefront walking tour from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Friday.

The free tour of public art and buildings will draw connections between the goals set for Columbia by its founder, James W. Rouse, and the art that expresses his vision. The Frank Gehry building, which faces the lake, will be part of the tour.

The group will meet at the Columbia Archives, 10227 Wincopin Circle.

Information: Barbara Kellner, 410-715-3103.

Reservations due Friday for Soroptimists' picnic

Soroptimist International of Howard County will hold its annual picnic to start the new club year at 6:15 p.m. Aug. 19 at Mount Ida, the Patapsco Female Institute's visitor center, 3691 Sarahs Lane, Ellicott City.

Reservations are required by Friday.

The Soroptimist South Atlantic Region 2004 Leadership Workshop will be held from 10 a.m. Aug. 28 to noon Aug. 29 in Richmond, Va. The registration deadline is Saturday.

Soroptimist International of Howard County is part of an international organization of professional women working through service projects to advance the status of women around the world. Meetings are held from 6:15 p.m. to 9 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month.

Information or to reserve a place at the picnic: Ann Harrison Ryder, 410-313-3000 (days) or 410-740-0592 (evenings).

Cuts Against Cancer slated Aug. 29 in Columbia

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 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

Nominations are 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 a youth involved in advocacy and leadership.

Nominations, which are due by Monday, 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.

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 Aug. 18 in the Management Information Systems conference room at Columbia Association headquarters, 10221 Wincopin Circle, Town Center, Columbia; Aug. 25 in the small conference room; and Sept. 1 in the boardroom. All the meetings are to 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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