Community Notes


September 04, 2005

Transportation Advocates group to hear Flanagan

Maryland Secretary of Transportation Robert L. Flanagan will speak at a bi-monthly meeting of Transportation Advocates.

The meeting is to be held from 7:45 a.m. to 9 a.m. Sept. 13 at the Bain Center, 5470 Ruth Keeton Way, Columbia.

He will address planning issues, commuter bus-route changes and projects in Howard County. Everyone is welcome.

Transportation Advocates is a coalition of business people, human-services providers, transportation providers and community residents interested or concerned about public and private transportation and vehicular traffic in Howard County.

Information: 410-995-0125.

Web site lists ways to aid victims of the hurricane

The Volunteer Center serving Howard County has updated its Web site ( to provide information on how community members can help assist victims of Hurricane Katrina.

Information: 410-715-3172.

Session set for residents on proposed budget

The Columbia Association Board will hold a session for residents on the proposed fiscal year 2007-2008 budget at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, before the regularly scheduled meeting.

The session will provide an opportunity for residents to present ideas and concerns to the board before the budget is drafted.

Association headquarters is at 10221 Wincopin Circle in Columbia.

Information: 410-715-3000.

Columbia Teen Idol auditions to be held Sept. 13 and 15

The Columbia Association's Teen Center, in Oakland Mills Village Center, will hold auditions for the Columbia Teen Idol competition from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Sept 13 and 15. Finalists will compete from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 18 at the Teen Center.

Singing and rap are welcome. But any use of profanity, sexual innuendo and references to drugs or alcohol will be grounds for disqualification. Teens must sign up in advance to audition.

Information or to sign up: Carol Wasser, 410-715-5523, or Rene Buckmon, 410-992-3726.

Conservancy open house scheduled for Saturday

The Howard County Conservancy will hold an open house from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at its headquarters on Mount Pleasant Farm, 10520 Old Frederick Road, Woodstock. The open house will be part of the county's Farm-City Celebration.

Activities are to include tours of the conservancy's new Gudelsky Environmental Education Center and gardens, guided nature walks, children's activities and a show of artwork by Shyami Murphy, Farms Never to be Forgotten. A master gardener plant sale is planned from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The Howard County Conservancy, a land trust, preserves land through conservation easements and offers a variety of educational programs for children and adults.

Information: 410-465-8877.

`Green' architecture firm gets grant to relocate

The Jim Rouse Entrepreneurial Fund (JREF) has lent $100,000 to Architectural Support Group Inc., an architectural consulting service in the "green," or environmentally friendly, building industry.

"Green" construction uses recycled materials, products that use less energy or produce better air quality, and designs that exploit natural sunlight and other sustainable resources.

JREF is providing the loan for the company's relocation to a residential structure on Waterloo Road in Jessup. The Small Business Administration and M&T Bank will provide construction and permanent financing for the project.

Peace coalition providing bus ride to anti-war rally

The Howard County Coalition for Peace and Justice will provide bus transportation and carpooling from Columbia for a national anti-war demonstration to be held Sept. 24 in Washington.

The demonstration is sponsored by United for Peace and Justice and ANSWER.

Riders are to assemble at the Broken Land Parkway Park & Ride west lot, at Route 32 and Broken Land Parkway, about 9:30 a.m. The bus will leave Washington at 5:30 p.m.

The cost is $15. To a reserve a seat, send a check by Sept. 19 to HCCPJ, P.O. Box 6446, Columbia 21045, and write "9/24 bus" on the memo line. Riders are also asked to provide an e-mail address or phone number.

Information: M.E. Atkinson, 301-774-3636, or www.friendsof Or e-mail the Howard County Coalition at forpeace@aol.

Neighbor Ride service needs volunteer help

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

Drivers use their own vehicles. An orientation is provided.

Information: 410 884-7433.

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 www.archoward .org.

Hospice sponsoring a sports-car raffle

Hospice of Howard County is sponsoring a raffle to raise money for end-of-life care for Howard County residents.

The prize is a 2005 red Mustang convertible. Only 1,200 tickets will be sold. Tickets are $100; three for $250.

The winning ticket will be drawn Oct. 23. at Hospice of Howard County's 20th Annual Taste & Auction fundraiser at Turf Valley Resort & Conference Center in Ellicott City. The winner need not need to be present.

Information or to buy a ticket: 410-730-5072, Or www.hospiceof

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