Community Notes


October 02, 2005

Sculpture to mark council anniversary

The Howard County Arts Council will mark its 25th anniversary next year by commissioning an artist to create a public sculpture in the form of a bench -- as a symbol of this benchmark in the council's history -- to be displayed outdoors in the courtyard of the Howard County Center for the Arts in Ellicott City.

The completed sculpture will celebrate the council's history of fostering the arts in community life. Almost 400 artist from Maryland and Washington are being invited to submit proposals.

A brick walkway to the sculpture will be constructed to honor the council's supporters, who are being offered an opportunity to purchase individual bricks.

Through Nov. 15, bricks are available to council members for $70; nonmembers pay $75. After that, the cost will be $75 for members and $80 for nonmembers. Each brick can have up to three lines of text, and purchasers can choose to have a symbol of different artistic disciplines engraved in the brick.

Bench sponsorships are available for $500.

The sculpture is to be completed and installed by Aug. 15, 2006. An unveiling ceremony is planned for next fall.

Information: 410-313-ARTS.

Fund created for hurricane relief

The board of trustees of the Columbia Foundation, Howard County's community foundation, has approved the establishment of the Hurricane Katrina Recovery Fund, with $5,000 in grant funds to assist in the resettlement and recovery of evacuees in Howard County.

Money from the fund will go to local agencies and congregations delivering services to the evacuees.

To contribute to the fund, send a check made out to the Columbia Foundation to the foundation offices at 10227 Wincopin Circle, Suite G15, Columbia 21044.

Donors who want to help specific Gulf Coast community foundations -- in New Orleans, Baton Rouge, Gulfport and Biloxi -- can specify the organization to which the money should be sent.

Information: 410-730-7840.

Symposium set on power of vote

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

The purpose is to encourage voting and promote understanding of the power of the vote.

A continental breakfast and registration will begin 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., "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 Inc. 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.

Hospice sponsoring 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: 410-730-5072. Or

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.

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