Community Notes


December 01, 2004

Holiday plant sale to benefit program for disabled teens

The Work Enclave Program of Howard County public schools will hold its holiday plant sale from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday in the greenhouses behind the Applied Research Laboratory, 10920 Route 108, in Ellicott City.

The sale will feature many colors of poinsettias, from $3; decorated and plain wreaths, from $13; roping, swags, bows, houseplants and hanging baskets, and gift crates of McCutcheon's jellies and jams and other products.

Proceeds will go to the Work Enclave Program, a vocational training effort at area work sites (including the ARL greenhouses) for high school-aged students with multiple disabilities.

Information: amy_wood, before or during the sale.

Human Rights Potluck planned for Saturday

Howard County Friends of Latin America, in conjunction with the Columbia-Laurel chapter of Amnesty International and the Howard County Human Rights Commission, will hold its Human Rights Potluck Dinner from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday at Ellicott City Senior Center, 9401 Frederick Road.

Dinner will be from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Those who attend should take a dish to share. Dalia Hashad of the American Civil Liberties Union will discuss "Sanctioned Bias: Profiling of Muslims and Arabs after 9/11," and Betsy Lamb, a Howard County human rights advocate, will talk about her imprisonment for trespassing as part of a demonstration against the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation at Fort Benning, Ga., formerly known as the School of the Americas.

Admission to the dinner is free.

Information: 410-465-0987.

Library branches to open 2 hours later Friday

Howard County library branches and administrative offices will open at 11:30 a.m. Friday instead of 9:30 a.m. to allow time for a holiday celebration for library employees.

The library will resume normal hours Saturday.

Information: 410-313-7750.

Program for parents to address teen drug use

HC DrugFree, a partnership of parents, schools, Howard County agencies and community organizations addressing teen substance abuse, will present a program for parents, "Holiday Parties - Keeping Teens Safe," from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. tomorrow in the Long Reach High School auditorium, 6101 Old Dobbin Lane, Columbia.

The program will offer tips on planning house parties and how to prepare a teenage son or daughter for difficult party situations, such as alcohol, marijuana and club drugs.

Opportunities will be available for parents to share their experiences and what lessons they learned.

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

World AIDS Day events planned at college

The Howard County Health Department, in cooperation with Howard Community College, the AIDS Alliance of Howard County and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, will observe World AIDS Day from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. today in Burrill Galleria at Howard Community College, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia.

The event is part of a weeklong program of AIDS-awareness activities being held through tomorrow in the galleria.

An information booth will be open, as will an AIDS quilt display, and food, games and prizes are planned for today. "Myths Uncovered, Facts Revealed," will be offered from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m., and free HIV testing will be available from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The information booth, quilt display and free testing will also be available from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. tomorrow.

The program is open to everyone.

Information: 410-313-6266.

Donations are sought for Holiday Mitten Trees

The Howard County Library invites the community to help decorate the library's Holiday Mitten Trees. Each library branch will have a tree or other display for mittens, hats and scarves, preferably in preschool sizes.

Donations will be taken to local charities after the holidays.

Library branches are open from 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

Information: 410-313-7750.

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