Community Notes

Community Notes

February 13, 2005

Proposed updates to open-space plan to be discussed

The Recreation and Parks Advisory Board invites the community to its third meeting on proposed updates to the Comprehensive Recreation, Parks and Open Space Plan.

A preliminary draft of Chapter 3, "Recreation, Parks and Open Space," will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Recreation and Parks headquarters, 7120 Oakland Mills Road, Columbia.

Representatives from the Howard County departments of Recreation and Parks and Planning and Zoning and consultants from Urban Research and Development Corp. will answer questions.

The 20-year plan details strategies for capital development, land acquisition and preservation of open space and natural resources in the county.

State law requires jurisdictions to have a plan and update it every six years to remain eligible for grants administered by the Department of Natural Resources.

Information or to request a copy of the draft: 410-313-4640. The proposed 2005 plan and drafts of chapters 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 are also available at www.co.ho.md.us/RAP.

Animal-protection groups' fund-raiser being held today

FIT (Felines in Trouble) Rescue, a nonprofit organization, and the Animal Welfare Society of Howard County Inc. will hold their fifth Have-A-Heart Fundraiser from noon to 5 p.m. today at Natural Nails and Cosmetics on the lower level of The Mall in Columbia.

The event, "Pamper Your Paws," is offering manicures for $15. All of the proceeds will be used to help shelter animals.

Information: 410-465-4350.

Referral services for needy to be discussed Wednesday

The Association of Community Services (ACS) will look at Howard County's information and referral services for those in need at its monthly lunch meeting at 11:45 p.m. Wednesday on the lower level of Patuxent Centre, 10910 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia.

The program, "Finding Answers: A Look at Howard County's Information and Referral Services," will be held from 12:15 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Representatives from seven groups with expertise on health, housing, food, transportation and other critical human-services will talk about hot lines, directories and online database services.

Lunch is planned from 11:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. A $7 lunch can be ordered from ACS until 5 p.m. tomorrow, or those who attend can bring one.

ACS is a network of 140 nonprofit, for-profit and government agencies that work to advance human services in Howard County through advocacy and education.

Information: 410-796-7824, or www.acshoco.org.

Conservancy schedules orientation for volunteers

The Howard County Conservancy at Mount Pleasant will hold an orientation for prospective volunteers ages 18 and older from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Wednesday at the farm, 10520 Old Frederick Road, Woodstock.

Volunteer opportunities available at the conservancy will be explained, and those who attend will hear a brief history of the farm and walk around its historic buildings.

Registration is required. Come prepared to be outside.

The Howard County Conservancy, a private nonprofit organization, is the county's largest land trust. In addition to preserving land through conservation easements, the conservancy manages the 232-acre Woodstock farm, which is also its headquarters.

The conservancy provides environmental education programs for schoolchildren. The Gudelsky Education Center will open in the spring.

Information or in case of inclement weather: Martha Moore, 410-465-8877.

Free mammograms offered to those who are eligible

The Howard County Health Department is offering free mammograms to women ages 40 and older who meet certain requirements.

A new colorectal cancer screening program is also available to eligible Howard County residents.

Information: 410-313-2333.

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