Community Notes

COMMUNITY NOTES

December 15, 2004

Soroptimists plan holiday meeting at a restaurant

Soroptimist International of Howard County will gather for the group's holiday meeting at 6:15 p.m. tomorrow at That's Amore restaurant in Columbia.

Instead of the usual gift exchange, members will contribute to Project Independence - Women Survivors of War, which sponsors skills training for women in war-torn countries who have lost family members to war. Each woman is sponsored for four years.

The group plans a series of events to fund its commitment to the program. The project is a joint effort by Women For Women International and Soroptimist International.

Soroptimist International of Howard County also sponsors needy families during the holidays, and will donate more than 100 filled Christmas stockings to patients at Springfield Hospital Center. Two medical kits paid for by the organization are to be delivered this month to remote areas in Central or South America.

Information: Sonja Hardman, 410-480-9624.

Mothers & More seeks new members

Working and at-home mothers are invited to join a national support group, Mothers & More, committed to addressing the personal needs and interests of women during their child-rearing years.

Local chapter meetings are held twice a month on Wednesday evenings in the Howard County area.

Information: 410-455-0498, or www. mothersandmore.org.

Cat Club planning to hold adoption show Sunday

The Howard County Cat Club will hold an adoption show from noon to 3 p.m. Sunday at the Columbia PetCo on Old Dobbin Lane.

All the cats are neutered or spayed, have current vaccinations and have been tested for feline leukemia and FIV. Adoptive families will be asked to complete an application and sign an adoption contract. The cost is $95 for one cat; $145 for two.

The club works to prevent cats from being turned in at shelters, providing free behavior consultations, helping owners place unwanted cats and offering foster care for cats in need of temporary emergency shelter.

Volunteers and foster homes are always needed.

Information: 410-730-3679, or www.howardcountycats.petfinder .com.

Cooperative Ministry selling Christmas trees

The Columbia Cooperative Ministry is offering Christmas trees for sale from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. weekdays through Dec. 23 and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays at Wilde Lake Interfaith Center, 10431 Twin Rivers Road, Columbia.

Twenty-five percent of proceeds will go to Heifer Project International, which provides livestock and training to help families around the world become self-sufficient.

Douglas fir, Scotch and white pine and blue spruce trees are available. The trees range from 6 to 10 feet tall.

Information: George Martin, 410-730-7862.

Robey sets public meeting on 2006 budget priorities

County Executive James N. Robey asks residents to state their priorities at his first citizens' budget meeting for the fiscal 2006 budget cycle at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow in the Banneker Room of the George Howard Building, 3430 Court House Drive, Ellicott City.

Those who want to testify must sign up individually and in person. Sign-up is to begin at 6:30 p.m. Testimony will be heard in the order in which speakers sign up.

To submit testimony online, visit www.co.ho.md.us. Testimony submitted on the Internet is considered public information.

To request a sign language interpreter: 410-313-6400 or 410-313-6401 (TTY) at least three working days before the meeting.

Volunteers being sought for a hearing study

The Howard County Office on Aging is recruiting volunteers, ages 50 and older, for a research study on hearing.

Volunteers, who will be paid $20 for their participation, will be asked to take a two-hour course, "Now Hear This: Tips for Better Hearing at Home," next month or in February. Tips include strategies for hearing better both at home and in the community. Those who wear a hearing aid may also find the course useful.

The course, which is being offered in partnership with Ideas Consulting Inc., will be offered in a classroom and on the Web. The study's purpose is to determine how people learn best. A follow-up is planned to evaluate results.

Information: Regina Jenkins, 410-313-1417.

Free home repairs offered to those who qualify

Rebuilding Together with Christmas in April, Howard County, a nonprofit home-rehabilitation program for low-income homeowners, is offering free repairs to elderly, disabled or low-income homeowners.

The goal is to provide a warm, dry, safe environment, so homeowners can live in independence and dignity.

Applications should be submitted as soon as possible. To apply: 410-381- 3338, or www.howardcounty.rebuilding together.org.

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