Community Notes

Community Notes

February 20, 2005

Pulitzer Prize winner Stepp to address Women's Giving Circle

The Women's Giving Circle will present Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Laura Sessions Stepp as keynote speaker at the organization's 3rd Annual Meeting and Afternoon Tea, to be held from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. March 9 in the Great Room at Savage Mill.

Sessions, author of Our Last Best Shot: Guiding Our Children Through Early Adolescence, has written for more than a decade about the lives and culture of youth. Her talk is "It's Not Just Raging Hormones: The Real Story Behind Today's Adolescents."

The mission of the Women's Giving Circle is to build a community of women philanthropists, create a permanent endowment fund and provide grants to institutions and initiatives that address the needs of women and girls in Howard County.

The Women's Giving Circle has established a donor-advised fund with the Columbia Foundation, Howard County's community foundation.

Adolescent girls will be the focus of the organization's study and grant-making for the next two years.

Savage Mill is at 8600 Foundry St., Savage. Tickets are $25. Checks made out to TCF/Women's Giving Circle, with names, addresses, e-mail addresses and phone numbers of those who will attend, should be sent to the Columbia Foundation, 10227 Wincopin Circle, Suite G-15, Columbia 21044.

Information and reservations: 410-730-7840.

Habitat steward training scheduled next month

Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks, in cooperation with the National Wildlife Federation and Wild Birds Unlimited, will offer seven sessions of habitat steward training from March 15 to 31.

The training is for those interested in wildlife, ecology, gardening and habitat conservation, and in volunteering to help others restore wildlife habitat in the community.

The course will be held at Recreation and Parks headquarters, 7120 Oakland Mills Road, Columbia. Those who attend all the sessions will qualify for certification as habitat stewards.

The cost is $35.

Information: Brenda Belensky, 410-313-4724, or

East Columbia library closing early Saturday

The east Columbia library will close at 1 p.m. Saturday to prepare for the "Evening in the Stacks" gala.

All other branches will be open until 5:30 p.m.

Information: 410-313-7750.

Conservancy training volunteers next month

The Howard County Conservancy at Mount Pleasant 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 Farm, 10520 Old Frederick Road, Woodstock. 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.

Session set for parents on sex abuse in the family

The STTAR (Sexual Trauma Treatment and Recovery) Center will offer a class for parents, "A Family Divided: When Your Child Has Been Sexually Abused by a Sibling," from 5 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. Feb. 28.

Parents will have an opportunity to ask questions and receive advice on how to help the family recover.

Information or registration: 410-290-6432.

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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