Community Notes


September 25, 2005

Voting symposium to be held Oct. 8

The National Congress of Black Women, Howard County chapter, will present its 2005 voting education symposium, "You Make A Difference," on Oct. 8 at Howard Community College, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia.

The purpose of the event is to encourage fuller participation in the voting process and promote understanding of the power of the vote.

A continental breakfast and registration begins at 8 a.m. Mark Clark and Troy Johnson, both of radio station 92Q, will facilitate discussions.

Community leader David Barrett will present "Contemplations of a (Re)tired Revolutionary" at 8:45 a.m., and "Politics 101," a group presentation, is scheduled for 9:15 a.m.

A working lunch is scheduled for 11 a.m.

Concurrent lunchtime sessions will include: "How Does One Run for Office and Get Elected? Why Not You?" and "How Do I Become an Informed Voter?"

Afternoon presentations will include "The Media: Should We Believe Them?" at 12:30 p.m.; "Our Caribbean and African Sisters Speak Out!" at 1:30 p.m.; and "The Electoral College, PACS, Special Interest Groups and Big Money; Political Gamesmanship; the Importance of Voting (What If an Election Was Held and Nobody Came?)" at 2 p.m.

Wrap-up and evaluation is scheduled for 2:50 p.m.

Voting machines will be on site for demonstration purposes.

Admission is free.

Information: 410-730-4122 or

Better BedRest group seeking volunteers

Better BedRest Inc., a nonprofit organization providing resources, support and referrals for women on bed rest during high-risk pregnancies, is seeking telephone and fundraising volunteers.

Phone volunteers must have had experience or a connection with bed rest during pregnancy.

An interview is required, and training will be provided.

Information: 410-740-7662.

MVA opens hot line for Katrina evacuees

The state Motor Vehicle Administration has announced the creation of a toll-free hot line for evacuees from Hurricane Katrina seeking information about obtaining a driver's license or identification card.

Detailed instructions are available at 877-223-8247.

Neighbor Ride needs assistance

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.

Hospice sponsoring a automobile 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 car is to be on display at various county sites, and at the Apple Ford showroom, 8800 Stanford Blvd. in Columbia.

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 be present.

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

The Arc 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

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