Community Notes

Community Notes

August 22, 2004

CA governance panel is scheduled to meet Wednesday and Sept. 1

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 will continue on Wednesday in the salon at Linden Hall in Dorseys Search village; and Sept. 1 in the boardroom at Columbia Association headquarters. The 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.

Cuts Against Cancer benefit set 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 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 sports events and other items also is planned.

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

Information: 410-381-2440, or

Leukemia-Lymphoma group sets session on fund-raiser

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's "Team in Training" program, which includes four months of training and support to run or walk a marathon or half-marathon, will hold an information session about its fund-raiser at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the central library, 10375 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia.

The session will be repeated at 6 p.m. Sept. 7 at the library.

The TNT program consists of weekly training sessions in Howard County, team training events, mentors and clinics on nutrition, shoes, equipment and safety. Training sessions with a coach will be held at Centennial Park in Ellicott City.

When the teams' fund-raising goals have been met, the society will arrange airfare and lodging for participants to join other chapter teams at a national event -- the Jan. 9 Walt Disney World Marathon and Half Marathon in Orlando, Fla., or P.F. Chang's Jan. 9 Rock 'n' Roll Arizona Marathon and Half Marathon in Phoenix, Ariz.

Information: 410-825-2500, or visit

Car raffle to help Arc's residential services effort

The Arc of Howard County will raffle a luxury car to raise money for its residential services program.

The organization provides housing, employment services and support programs for people with developmental disabilities and their families.

One thousand raffle tickets will be sold at $100 each for a chance to win a Porsche Boxster or six-cylinder Porsche Cayenne SUV. A cash option of $30,000 is also available to the winner. The value of the vehicles is approximately $46,000 each.

The drawing will be held Oct. 8 at a President's Breakfast for donors and friends of the Arc.

Information or to purchase a ticket: 410-730-0638.

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 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.

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

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