Community Notes

COMMUNITY NOTES

September 26, 2004

Autumn Gala set for Saturday on HCC campus

Howard Community College's Career Links program and Success in Style and will co-sponsor the second annual Autumn Gala from 6:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday in the college's Instructional Lab Building, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway in Columbia.

Dense Koch of WJZ-TV will be honorary chair for the event. A live and silent auction, food and wine from local establishments and live music are planned.

Tickets are $50 in advance and $75 at the door.

Career Links provides educational access and support for low-income single parents and displaced homemakers. Success in Style provides free business clothing to disadvantaged women seeking employment.

Information: 410-750-6475.

Voter registration offered at libraries

The League of Women Voters and the Howard County Public Library are offering voter registration.

Registration will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at the east Columbia branch library (410-313-7700); from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 9 at the Savage branch library (410-880-5975); and from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Oct. 9 at the Miller branch library (410- 313-1950).

Library customers can fill out a registration form online at any Howard County library or on a home computer at www.your votematters.org/ala.

The deadline to register to vote in this year's presidential election is Oct. 12.

Information: 410-313-7786 or www.hclibrary.org.

Training scheduled for disabled voters

The Arc of Howard County and Howard County Disabilities Services will offer a training session to familiarize voters with disabilities with the new computerized voting machines.

The session will be held from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 5 at the Howard County Central Library, 10375 Little Patuxent Parkway in Columbia.

Information: Marni McNeese, 410-313-6402.

New community bank to hold open houses

Howard Bank, a new community bank in Howard County, will hold two open houses to introduce itself to the community. The bank will serve individuals and businesses.

The locations of the open houses have changed since the events were listed in Wednesday's Howard County edition of The Sun. Today's open house will be held from noon to 2 p.m. at the bank's branch in the Hickory Ridge Village Center.

The second open house will be held from noon to 2 p.m. next Sunday at the bank's Snowden River branch, 6011 University Blvd. in Ellicott City,

Information: www.howardbank.com.

Donations to help elderly with emergencies sought

The Vivian L. Reid Community Fund is seeking donations to help Howard County senior citizens with emergencies.

The fund helps those in distress with basic necessities, medical and dental care, prescriptions, utilities and other needs.

Donations are tax-deductible and should be sent to the Vivian L. Reid Community Fund, c/o Howard County Office on Aging, Gateway Building, 6751 Columbia Gateway Drive, Columbia 21046.

The fund is named in honor of the former director of the county's Office on Aging.

Information: Mike Clark, 410-309-9695.

Alliance for mentally ill plans family support group

The Howard County chapter of NAMI (National Alliance for the Mentally Ill) invites families and friends of those affected by mental illnesses to attend a family support group at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in the parlor of Harmony Hall Retirement Community, 6336 Cedar Lane in Columbia.

Admission is free and open to everyone.

Information: 410-772-9300 or www.namihcmd.org.

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