Community Notes

Community Notes

October 24, 2004

Comment is sought on proposed bus route changes

The Howard County Public Transportation Board will open a 30-day period for public comment, starting Tuesday, about the proposed restructuring of the Silver, Yellow and Purple routes.

Public meetings will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday and Nov. 23 in the Tyson Room at the George Howard Building, 3430 Court House Drive, Ellicott City.

Information can be obtained in advance by calling Howard Transit, 800-270-9553, or visiting

Written comments can be mailed to the Corridor Transportation Corp. at 312 Marshall Ave., Suite 104, Laurel 20707 or e-mailed to

The public comment period will remain open until Nov. 23.

Family day in the park set to start at 1 p.m. today

The Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks is sponsoring "Sunday In The Park - A Day of Old-Fashioned Family Fun" from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. today at Centennial Park South.

A trick-or-treat trail, a horse-drawn hayride, pumpkin-carving, sack races and other activities are planned.

Children accompanied by an adult can dress in a favorite costume and will be greeted by friendly costumed characters on the trick-or-treat trail.

Tom Sawyer's adventures, Almira's Polite Society, the Antique Farm Machinery Club, Kangaroo Kids jump-rope team and Professor Horn's Punch & Judy puppet show will be among the attractions.

Admission is $5 a person, with some additional fees for selected activities.

Information: 410-313-7275; text telephone, 410-313-4665.

Naming contest being held for a cable TV program

The Columbia Association is holding a naming contest for its new cable television show about Columbia and its residents.

Entrants must be residents of Columbia. The winning name should capture the essence of Columbia as a city and the intention of the show.

Entries can be mailed to CA TV Program Naming Contest, Columbia Association, 10221 Wincopin Circle, Columbia, 21044, or e-mailed to catvshow

The entry deadline is Friday.

Information: Garett TachM-i, 410-715-3120.

Thanksgiving celebration is in need of volunteers

The Howard County Office on Aging is in need of volunteers for the Annual Thanksgiving Celebration sponsored by County Executive James N. Robey.

The event is to be held Nov. 17 at Ten Oaks Ballroom in Clarksville.

Volunteers, who must be at least 14, are needed for the luncheon and dinner seatings.

Information: Regina Jenkins, 410-313-1417.

Event today is to benefit Hospice of Howard County

Hospice of Howard County will present its 19th Taste & Auction, with a Hollywood theme, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. today in the grand ballroom of at Turf Valley Resort & Conference Center in Ellicott City.

Cuisine will be provided by 20 Howard County restaurants and caterers, including Crab Shanty, Elkridge Furnace Inn, Iron Bridge Wine Company, Mangia Italian Grill and T Bonz Grille and Pub. Vacation packages and other items (including a Rolex watch) will be auctioned.

Tickets are $75.

Proceeds from the live auction will help Hospice of Howard County provide care for patients.

Information: 410-730-5072.

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. Tuesday 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.

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