Community Notes


July 24, 2005

Howard County Tourism launches redesigned Web site

Howard County Tourism has launched its redesigned Web site, www.VisitHowardCounty .com. The site includes "Virtual Tours of Howard County," "Cool Road Trips" a calendar of events and other Howard County features.

The site, which includes animation, photographs and links to restaurants and hotels, is designed to be useful as a resource for residents, visitors, meeting-planners and the media for quick, accurate information on the county and its attractions.

Visitors can move from the site's homepage to information about Blossoms of Hope: The Howard County Cherry Tree Project and Merriweather Post Pavilion's concert season.

CA board and chairmen of village boards to meet

The Columbia Association's board of directors and Columbia's 10 village board chairs will meet at 7 p.m. tomorrow at association offices to review and discuss suggested changes to the homeowner association's charter.

Information on the proposed changes is available on the Columbia Association Web site ( and on the "Reports" section of the Columbia Council Web page.

The meeting is open to the public. Columbia Association headquarters is at 10221 Wincopin Circle.

Information: 410-715-3102.

The Arc is sponsoring a luxury-car raffle

The Arc of Howard County is sponsoring the raffle of a luxury car to raise funds for its residential services program.

A thousand raffle tickets will be sold at $100 each for a chance to win a Porsche Boxster or six-cylinder Porsche Cayenne SUV. A cash option of $30,000 is also available to the winner of the raffle.

Purchase three raffle tickets and get a fourth free. The drawing will be held Oct. 12 at a president's breakfast for donors and other friends of the Arc.

To purchase tickets: 410-730- 0638, or

Ride service seeks volunteer coordinator

Neighbor Ride, a program that matches volunteer drivers with seniors who need transportation to medical and other appointments, is seeking a volunteer coordinator.

The nonprofit group has been approved for a 2005-2006 partnership with Volunteer Maryland, a program of the governor's office that develops volunteer service and learning programs to meet critical needs in the state, and is approved to receive the services of a Volunteer Maryland coordinator.

The position requires an 11-month, part-time commitment as a member of AmeriCorps. Extensive training, a $6,500 living allowance and a $2,362.50 post-service education award are offered.

Applications must be received by Aug. 22. The service year begins Sept. 21.

Information: Colleen Konstanzer, 410-884-3616.

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