Community Notes


February 16, 2005

Soroptimists to learn about group serving families with babies

Judy Templeton, clinical supervisor at Healthy Families Howard County, which provides in-home support services to first-time parents, pregnant women and families with children from birth to age 3, will address Soroptimists of Howard County at the group's regular meeting tomorrow.

The Soroptimists will meet for dinner at 6:15 p.m. at That's Amore restaurant in Columbia.

The meeting will include discussion of plans for the Soroptimist spring awards banquet, and the announcement of the winners of the Violet Richardson Award, the Woman's Opportunity Award and the Making a Difference for Women Award.

Soroptimist is an international volunteer service organization for business and professional women that works to improve the lives of women and girls around the world.

Information: Karen Trennepohl, 410-750-9413.

Public invited to meeting on open-space plan

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. today 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

Referral services for needy to be discussed today

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. today 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. Those who have not ordered lunch may bring a lunch.

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

Tai Sophia speaker to talk about coping with tragedy

The Coalition of Geriatric Services will sponsor a talk by Tom Balles of the Tai Sophia Institute, "Dealing with Tragedy," from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. Feb. 23 at Winter Growth's Ruth Keeton House, 5466 Ruth Keeton Way, Columbia.

Information: 410-964-9616.

Conservancy holding volunteer orientation

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. today 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 conservancy is seeking volunteer naturalists to serve as educators for its school programs and lead hikes on the nature reserve. Training, which includes a manual, will be offered from 9:30 a.m. to noon March 3, 10, 17 and 24 at Mount Pleasant. The cost for materials is $10.

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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