Community Notes

Community Notes

August 15, 2004

Volunteer of the Year nominations sought; deadline is Friday

County Executive James N. Robey has asked for nominations of volunteers whose work in the community has provided an outstanding example of community caring.

Everyone nominated will be recognized at a local ceremony held by the county executive and the County Council at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 28 in the Banneker Room of the George Howard Building, 3430 Court House Drive, Ellicott City.

One nominee will be named Howard County Volunteer of the Year and will represent the county volunteers at the statewide Maryland You Are Beautiful volunteer recognition program Nov. 10 in Annapolis.

Nominees must be residents of Howard County or do their volunteer work in the county.

Nominations must be postmarked by Friday.

Information or to request a nomination form: 410-313-2022, or and click on the link to download the Volunteer of the Year nomination form.

Red Cross is calling for donations of blood

The Greater Chesapeake and Potomac Blood Services Region of the Red Cross has reported a shortage of blood products for patients in area hospitals. The Department of Homeland Security's decision to raise the terrorist alert level has intensified the need for donations to prepare to respond to an increased need for blood.

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 young people, ages 14 and older, to work at blood drives. 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.

To register for training: 800-272-0094, ext. 1.

CA Governance Committee revises discussion schedule

A revised schedule has been issued by the Columbia Association's Governance Committee for its public discussions on proposals that have been submitted to the board to recommend changes in the town's governance structure.

Meetings are scheduled for Wednesday in the boardroom at Columbia Association headquarters, 10221 Wincopin Circle, Town Center, Columbia; Aug. 25 in the salon at Linden Hall in Dorseys Search village; and Sept. 1 in the boardroom at Columbia Association headquarters. All meetings will 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

Soroptimists' annual picnic to be held Thursday evening

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

Reservations are required.

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: Ann Harrison Ryder, 410-313-3000 (days) or 410-740-0592 (evenings).

Cuts Against Cancer benefit set Aug. 29 in Columbia

The seventh annual 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 also is planned.

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

Information: 410-381-2440.

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