Community Notes

Community Notes

October 03, 2004

HC DrugFree to open series with screening of `Dying High' film

HC DrugFree Inc., a partnership of parents, schools, Howard County agencies and community organizations addressing teen substance abuse, will start its 2004-2005 speaker series, "Drugs, Alcohol & Teens," from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday at Jim Rouse Theatre at Wilde Lake High School, 5460 Trumpeter Road, Columbia.

The program, intended for students in seventh to 12th grades and their parents, will start with a screening of Dying High, a documentary showing teenge victims of car accidents, drug and alcohol poisoning and other trauma related to substance abuse.

Anne Walker, substance abuse prevention coordinator for the Howard County Health Department, will present an overview of teenage drug and alcohol abuse in Howard County. There will be an opportunity to ask questions.

Registration is not necessary.

Information: Laura Smit, 410-799-4879, or

For a preview of the film:

Mayer cancer center's fund-raiser set Thursday

The Claudia Mayer Cancer Resource and Image Center, which provides information and support services for cancer patients, will offer an evening of food, wine and cooking demonstrations on the theme "East Meets West."

The fund-raiser will be held from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Thursday at the Fretz Corp.'s showroom, 9204 Berger Road, Suite H, Columbia.

The Claudia Mayer center includes a library with more than 600 books on cancer-related subjects, brochures and video and audio tapes. Its Web site,, offers links to cancer databases.

The center also contains a fully equipped beauty salon, where cancer patients can receive services from cosmetologists, hair stylists and other professionals and purchase prostheses, wigs, hats and other products.

The American Cancer Society also offers a supply of free wigs at the center, 5900 Cedar Lane, in Columbia.

Tickets are $60 for the evening event. Available sponsorships range from $1,500 to $10,000.

Information: 410-740-7840.

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. 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

The voter registration deadline for the presidential election is Oct. 12.

Information: 410-313-7786, or

Registration applications are available at county and state boards of elections, post offices, MVA offices, and other public institutions. They can be downloaded from www.elections. or received by mail by calling 800-222-VOTE (8683).

Training scheduled for disabled voters

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

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

Information: Marni McNeese, 410-313-6402.

Donations sought to help seniors with emergencies

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.

Cooperative Extension offers gardener training

New and experienced gardeners are invited to register for the Master Gardener Training Program offered by Maryland Cooperative Extension's Howard County office.

Training will cover plant, insect and disease problems, and topics related to sustainable and environmental impacts of gardening practices.

Classes will meet from 9 a.m. to noon Mondays and Wednesdays, from Jan. 24 to March 28, at the Ellicott City offices of Maryland Cooperative Extension.

The cost is $150.

Those who graduate from the course must be willing to volunteer for educational projects.

Applicants to the program do not need hands-on experience in the garden. Anyone with a keen interest in gardening - especially those with skills or interests in writing, graphics and computers - are encouraged to apply.

The registration deadline is Nov. 30.

Information or to request a registration packets: 410-313- 2707.

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