Community Notes


April 10, 2005

Mayer cancer center plans fund-raising Victorian Tea

The Claudia Mayer Cancer Resource and Image Center will hold its third Victorian Tea to honor about 30 volunteers and raise money for the center from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. May 2 at Turf Valley Resort and Conference Center in Ellicott City.

The tea, which features a fashion show and vendors selling jewelry and other accessories, includes scones, tea sandwiches and salads.

Tickets are $40. The center provides information - books, videos and pamphlets about cancer and Internet access for online research - and a fully equipped salon where licensed aestheticians, cosmetologists, hairstylists and prosthesis providers offer free consultations.

Information: 410-740-7840.

Ag marketing program offering farm recipe cards

The Agricultural Marketing Program of the Howard County Economic Authority has produced a collection of 12 recipe cards featuring recipes contributed by local farmers participating in the authority's Howard County Grown program.

The pack, titled A Taste of Howard County Grown, follows a monthly theme; each card displays a farm scene and narrative on the front, with recipes for corn pudding, homemade strawberry ice cream, roasted turkey and other food.

The recipes cost $6 and $2 for shipping the first copy; $1 shipping for each additional copy. To order: 410-313-6500 or www.

Arc's Chocolate Ball raises over $100,000

The eighth Chocolate Ball, held last month at the Kossiakoff Center at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory in North Laurel, raised more than $100,000 to support the Arc of Howard County's programs and services.

The Arc provides vocational and residential support and services, respite care and other services for children and adults with developmental disabilities.

Information: 410-730-0638.

Transit service for seniors looking for more help

Neighbor Ride, a new nonprofit service that provides transportation to those ages 65 and older, is seeking more help to expand the service. Volunteers use their cars to drive clients to their destinations.

Orientations for prospective volunteers will be held at 12:30 p.m. Friday; and 7 p.m. May 3 at 9250 Bendix Road North, Columbia.

Information: 410-884-RIDE.

Volunteer advocates for children sought

Voices for Children, a nonprofit organization, is seeking volunteers to be court-appointed advocates and mentors to abused, neglected and at-risk children in Howard County.

Voices for Children is part of the National Court Appointed Special Advocate Association, which provides advocates to children involved with the juvenile court system.

Volunteers must be at least 21, complete a 30-hour training program and undergo a background check. They will work with children, their families, agency professionals and the courts to ensure that the children are safe and receive appropriate services.

Applications for the next training session, which will begin April 26, are being accepted.

Information or for an application: 410-740-0933.

Equestrian fund-raiser in search of vendors

Vendors are needed for an Equestrian Ride for Life, a fund-raiser sponsored by two Howard County 4-H horse clubs and the American Cancer Society to support the society's work. The event is to be held July 23 at the Howard County Fairgrounds.

An Equine Expo is planned for the fairgrounds' main exhibition hall, where equine organizations, vendors of equine merchandise, tack shops and artisans can set up booths to provide information and sell goods. For-profit and nonprofit vendors of all kinds are welcome.

Information: David and Rondra Marcelli, 443-677-2477, or 443-677-2616. Or www.geocities. com/centaurs4hclub.

Project offers referrals to those who need help

Christ Church Link, a project of Christ Episcopal Church in Columbia, offers referrals to helping agencies in Howard County and Maryland.

Callers can be linked to agencies that help prevent evictions and utility turnoffs, provide food and help with employment and other needs.

Hours of service are from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday; 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday, and 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday.

Information: 410-309-9695.

Group that aids pupils starting a fund-raiser

Prepare for Success, a project that provides backpacks and school supplies to needy Howard County children, is starting a drive to create financial support for the project.

Contributions should be sent to Prepare for Success, 6800 Oakland Mills Road, Columbia, 21045. All of the proceeds will be spent on supplies for children.

Information: 410-309-9695.

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