Community Notes

Community Notes

February 06, 2005

Blood drive scheduled Thursday at Historic Oakland

The Town Center Community Association will sponsor a communitywide blood drive, conducted by the Red Cross from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday at Historic Oakland, 5430 Vantage Point Road, Columbia.

To schedule a donation: 800- GIVE-LIFE.

Muslim Council planning civil liberties forum

The Howard County Muslim Council is to hold a civil liberties forum, "Dreams of American Children: Living the Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.," at 6 p.m. Friday at Owen Brown Interfaith Center, 7246 Cradlerock Way, Columbia.

Scheduled to speak are Lt. Gov. Michael S. Steele, state Sen. Allan H. Kittleman, Rep. Elijah E. Cummings and Wajid Ali Kahn, a member of the Canadian Parliament.

Admission is free.

Information: 410-750-2739.

Information session set for prospective volunteers

The Volunteer Center Serving Howard County, in cooperation with the Community Emergency Response Team, is recruiting and referring community members to local nonprofit and government agencies seeking volunteers for disaster preparedness and recovery.

An information session on volunteer opportunities will be held from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Volunteer Center Serving Howard County, 10221 Wincopin Circle, Columbia.

Space is limited; registration is requested.

Information: 410-715-3179.

Benefit gospel concert scheduled for Saturday

A gospel concert to raise funds for Howard County seniors and scholarships for minority students will be held at 6 p.m. Saturday at Jim Rouse Theatre for the Performing Arts at Wilde Lake High School, 5460 Trumpeter Road, Columbia.

Performers scheduled for the evening include the Gospel Revelations, saxophonist Charles Johnson, Celebrations Gospel Choir, University of Maryland Baltimore County Gospel Choir, Handel and Vicky Smith Gospel duet and Morgan State University Dance Ensemble.

The event's sponsors are the Howard County Office on Aging and Omega Psi Phi Fraternity. Proceeds from the concert will go to the Office on Aging's Vivian L. Reid Community Fund for seniors in need and the fraternity's scholarship program.

Tickets to the concert are $20 for adults and $8 for children to age 13.

Tickets: Send a check, payable to the Tau Pi Foundation Fund Inc., to Vivian L. Reid Fund, 6800 Oakland Mills Road, Columbia 21045, Attn.: Mike Clark.

County's NAMI chapter offering support group

NAMI, the Howard County chapter of the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill, will offer a family support group at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in the day room at Harmony Hall Retirement Community, 6336 Cedar Lane, Columbia.

There is no cost to attend. Nonmembers are welcome.

Information: 410-772-9300.

Class to assist parents of sex-abuse victims

The Sexual Trauma Treatment, Advocacy and Recovery Center Inc. will offer a class for parents of middle and high school students, "Helping Your Teen Recover from Sexual Abuse or Assault," from 5 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. Monday.

Parents will hear about common symptoms, risk-taking behavior, the role of psychotherapy and recovery. There will be an opportunity to ask questions and hear advice on helping adolescents recover.

Registration is required.

Information: 410-290-6432.

Free tax help available to low-income residents

AARP Tax-Aide, a free tax counseling and preparation service, is available to Howard County taxpayers with moderate to low income, especially to those ages 60 and older, through April 15.

For a location or to schedule an appointment: 410-313-7387. Ellicott City residents can call 410-313-1400.

Spanish speakers will be available.

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