Community Notes


April 24, 2005

`Blossoms of Hope' sponsorship drive to start Friday

The sponsorship drive for "Blossoms of Hope - the Howard County Cherry Tree Project" will start Friday - Arbor Day - with two events.

At 10 a.m., a ceremony will be held at Centennial Park to dedicate the Blossoms of Hope Founders' Grove, a grouping of 21 Kwanzan cherry trees planted last fall along Route 108 to mark the beginning of the project. At 2 p.m., a tree-planting ceremony will be held at the Elkridge library on U.S. 1, where trees are available for sponsorship.

Trees also can be sponsored at the central library in Columbia and Patapsco Female Institute in Ellicott City. More sites will be available in the fall.

Coordinated by the county Office of Tourism, the goal of Blossoms of Hope is to beautify and draw visitors to the county to witness 1,000 trees in bloom each April.

The project goes beyond the beautification because a portion of each sponsorship is donated to the Claudia Mayer Cancer and Image Center to help people in the community who are coping with cancer.

Information about sponsorships: Office of Tourism, 410-313- 1900.

Mind-body conference set at Turf Valley center

The East Coast Chopra Center Mind Body Conference, sponsored by Tai Sophia Institute, will explore the connection between mind and body in healing and modern applications of Ayurveda, a 5,000-year-old healing system from India.

A three-day conference begins Friday at Turf Valley Resort and Conference Center in Ellicott City.

Dr. Deepak Chopra, a best-selling author, and Dr. David Simon, co-founder, chief executive officer and medical director of the Chopra Center, will speak.

Information: 888-424-6722, ext. 1639.

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