Community Notes

Community Notes

October 17, 2004

Volunteers needed to work on three projects Saturday

The Volunteer Center Serving Howard County will participate in the 14th national Make A Difference Day on Saturday by sponsoring three projects for volunteers at the Therapeutic and Recreational Riding Center, Days End Horse Farm and HoCoPoLitSo (Howard County Poetry and Literature Society.)

Gardeners age 12 and older are needed at the Therapeutic and Recreational Riding Center in Glenwood (younger children must be accompanied by a parent); painters and carpenters age 12 and older are needed indoors at Days End Farm Horse Rescue in Lisbon; and volunteers age 18 and older are needed to help move the Columbia office of HoCoPoLitSo.

Information or to volunteer: 410-715-3127.

Pavilion panel is to meet, then hold a public session

The Merriweather Citizen Advisory Panel, appointed by the county executive to submit recommendations about the possible purchase and renovation of the pavilion, will meet at 6 p.m. Wednesday in the Ellicott Room of the George Howard Building, 3430 Court House Drive, Ellicott City.

At 7 p.m., the panel will move to the Banneker Room and open the floor for public comment.

Information: 410-313-2022.

Personal finance seminar to start tomorrow at HCC

Howard Community College will be the site of a seminar on managing personal finances, "Take Charge of Your Money," from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays, tomorrow through Nov. 22 in Room 310 of the 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.

Classes set for families of assault, abuse victims

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.

Tomorrow'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 topic Dec. 20.

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.

Congressional candidates to take part in forum

The League of Women Voters of Howard County and the PTA Council of Howard County will sponsor 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.

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.

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