Community Notes


April 17, 2005

Ceremony Thursday to mark restoration of Bain Center

County Executive James N. Robey and the county's Office on Aging will be hosts at a brief dedication ceremony at 11 a.m. Thursday to celebrate the opening of the renovated Bain Center in Columbia.

At the conclusion of the ceremony, guests will be invited to dance to the music of the Goldenaires, as the county executive takes a turn around the dance floor with Anne Brusca, acting president of the center's advisory council.

The center has been renovated and expanded to include a 3,500-square-foot addition for new office space and activity rooms. The project cost $1,955,500.

The word "senior" was eliminated from the center's name to reflect the continued involvement in community life of Howard County's older residents.

Hospital will use grant to print Spanish materials

Howard County General Hospital has been awarded a $10,000 grant from the Horizon Foundation to translate the hospital's written materials for patients into Spanish.

The hospital provides live interpreters for patients, but the grant will fund the translation for the county's growing Latino community of more than 15 hospital documents, including the patient handbook, advance directives or living will, discharge instructions, consent and request for surgery and other procedures, pre-op instruction, newborn discharge instructions and the hospital map.

Abramsons are co-chairs of annual Heart Ball

David and Lynn Abramson are co-chairs of the annual Howard County Heart Ball, to be held from 6 p.m. to midnight May 7 at the Kossiakoff Center, Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel.

The sponsorship committee chair is Mary Ann Scully, president and chief executive officer of Howard Bank.

The theme of this year's black-tie fund-raiser for the American Heart Association is "Heart Strings of Hope: Decades of Progress." Tickets are $175. Reservations are due by Saturday.

The names of those who will attend, along with a check, should be sent to the American Heart Association, Howard County Heart Ball, 415 N. Charles Street, Baltimore 21201.

Information about sponsorships: 410-750-0020.

Volunteer help is sought for Wine in the Woods fest

The Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks is seeking energetic, outgoing people, ages 21 and older, to volunteer at the 13th Wine in the Woods Festival on May 14 and 15 at Symphony Woods in Columbia.

Volunteers who work a 3 1/2 -hour shift will receive an admission ticket for a day at the festival and a T-shirt.

An orientation for new volunteers will be held from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. May 11 at recreation and parks headquarters.

Information: Ann Combs, 410-313-4624.

Trade center planning Ghana Day on April 26

The Howard County Economic Development Authority's International Trade Center will hold Ghana Day 2005 from 8:30 a.m. to noon April 26 at the Center for Business and Technology Development, 9250 Bendix Road North, Columbia.

Registration is due by Friday. The cost is $25.

The conference will include discussion opportunities to operate or invest in Ghana, identification of products, services and technologies appropriate to the county with emphasis on tourism, reverse tourism and agribusiness.

Howard County Executive James N. Robey will speak, as will representatives from the Embassy of the Republic of Ghana and local businesses experienced in international trade and investment.

The initiative is presented in partnership with the African American Coalition of Howard County, the African Art Museum of Maryland - Institute of African Commerce and Culture, and other state and federal agencies.

Information: 410-313-6550 or

Leadership program seeks applicants; deadline May 6

Leadership Howard County is accepting applications for its 2005-2006 community leadership program.

The program is designed to acquaint private and public sector leaders with education, culture, health services, economics, government and philanthropy in Howard County.

Candidates for the program, which costs $3,600, must have demonstrated leadership and be willing to become involved in enhancing the quality of life in Howard County.

Completed applications must be returned by May 6.

Information: Stacie Hunt Irish, 410-730-4474 or

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.

Information: 410-309-9695.

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