Community Notes

COMMUNITY NOTES

October 13, 2004

Candidate forum to be held Saturday at Columbia church

African Americans in Howard County, a political action committee, will sponsor a Political Candidates' Forum from 8:30 a.m. to noon Saturday at St. John Baptist Church, 8910 Old Annapolis Road (Route 108), Columbia.

School Board candidates Frank Aquino, Diane Mikulis and Mary Kay Sigaty will speak and answer questions from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.; congressional candidates for the 3rd and 7th Districts or their representatives will appear from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

Sessions for senatorial and presidential candidates or their representatives are scheduled for 10:30 a.m. to noon.

Information: 301-596-5240.

Directions: 410-992-6977 or 301-596-5571.

Seminar on finances to start Monday night

A seminar on managing personal finances, "Take Charge of Your Money," will be offered from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays, next week through Nov. 22 in Room 310 of the Howard Community College's Instructional Lab Building, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia.

The cost is $25 for the six-session class.

Co-sponsors are the Maryland Cooperative Extension, Howard County Office on Aging, Howard County Office of Consumer Affairs and Columbia Bank.

Information or registration: 410-313-2707.

Sexual-trauma center is offering classes

The Sexual Trauma Treatment, Advocacy and Recovery Center is offering classes for parents and family members with children who have experienced sexual assault or abuse.

Classes are held from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. on the first and third Mondays of the month at the center, Suite C, 9810 Patuxent Woods Drive, Columbia.

Monday's topic is "Date Rape, Sexual Assault and Teens." "Helping your Child Recover from Sexual Abuse or Assault" will be discussed Nov. 1, and "Who Abuses Children? What We Know about Sex Offenders" is the topic set for Nov. 15

"Helping your Teen Recover from Sexual Abuse or Assault" is scheduled for Dec. 6 and "Date Rape, Sexual Assault and Teens" will be the Dec. 20 topic.

Classes are $25. Registration is requested. Participants are invited to stay for a parent support group that meets from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. at no additional cost.

Information: 410-290-6432.

The center provides a 24-hour crisis hot line: 410-997-3292.

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 Co- operative 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 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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