Community Notes

Community Notes

October 10, 2004

Candidate forums set Wednesday evening and at 7 p.m. Oct. 26

The League of Women Voters of Howard County and the PTA Council of Howard County will sponsor a public forum for Board of Education candidates from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday in the boardroom of the Department of Education, 10910 Route 108, Ellicott City.

Candidates Frank Aquino, Diane Mikulis and Mary Kay Sigaty will give introductory statements and answer questions from the audience.

The league will also hold a public forum for 3rd and 7th District congressional candidates from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Oct. 26 in Smith Theatre at Howard Community College, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia.

The League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan political organization, encourages informed and active participation of citizens in government.

Information: 410-730-0142.

Family support group to focus on mental illness

The Howard County chapter of NAMI (the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill) will offer a family support group at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday for families and friends of those affected by mental illness.

The group will meet in the parlor at Harmony Hall Retirement Community, 6336 Cedar Lane, Columbia.

Admission is free. Participants need not be members of NAMI.

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

County announces holiday schedule

Howard County government offices, courts, the animal shelter and libraries will be closed tomorrow in observance of Columbus Day.

Regular service will resume Tuesday.

The landfill will be open tomorrow, and regular trash and recycling services will be in effect.

Voter registration deadline is Tuesday

The voter registration deadline for the presidential election is Tuesday.

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

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

Registration applications are available at county and state boards of elections, post offices, MVA offices and other public institutions. They can also be downloaded from www. elections.state.md.us.

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 registration packets: 410-313- 2707.

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