October 30, 2005

Bird club -- Howard County Bird Club will sponsor a moderate but lengthy walk through the woods and fields of Rockburn Branch Park, starting at 8 a.m. Hawks will be migrating; owls and bats may be visible. Paths may be muddy. The group will meet on the parking lot on the left, just past the restored schoolhouse, off Montgomery Road, in Elkridge. Beginners are welcome. There is no cost. 410-461-3361, or

Rover run -- Animal Welfare Society of Howard County will sponsor a Halloween Rover Run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Schooley Mill Park, in Highland. Registration is from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The two-mile walk past woodlands, wetlands and meadows is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., rain or shine. A canine costume contest is planned from 1 p.m. (there is a $10 entry fee). The cost to run is $25 (includes Rover Run bandanna); $35 (includes a T-shirt and bandanna); or $100 (includes T-shirt, bandanna and microchipping for one animal (registration is required in advance for microchipping). Runners should collect at least $5 from each sponsor. 410-465-4350. Or visit

Cat adoptions -- Howard County Cat Club will hold an adoption show from noon to 3 p.m. at Clark's Elioak Farm, off Route 108, in Ellicott City. All cats are neutered or spayed, have current vaccinations and have been tested for feline leukemia and FIV. Adoptive families must complete an application and sign an adoption contract. The cost is $95 for one cat or $145 for two. The club's mission is to prevent cats from being consigned to shelters. Free behavior consultations are available by phone and e-mail. Volunteers and offers of foster homes are welcome. 410-730-3679, or


Columbia's foundation -- On the Horizon, a monthly television conversation about health and community issues on Gtv Comcast Channel 70, is this month featuring "The Columbia Foundation: Looking Back, Looking Forward," a discussion with Barbara K. Lawson, the foundation's president and CEO, Michael W. Davis, chair, and Malynda H. Madzel, immediate past chair. The host is Richard Krieg, president and chief executive officer of the Horizon Foundation. The program regularly airs at 11 a.m. and 10 p.m. Mondays, 11 a.m. and 9 p.m. Wednesdays, 8 p.m. Fridays, and 11 a.m. Saturdays and Sundays.


Astronaut to speak -- As part of its 35th anniversary celebration, Howard Community College will sponsor a luncheon featuring Fred Haise, one of the three NASA astronauts aboard the Apollo 13 mission in April 1970. The luncheon will be held from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the Kittleman Room of the college's Instructional Lab Building, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia. The cost is $35. Reservations: 410-772-4147.

Neighbor to neighbor -- Volunteers from CERN (Community Emergency Response Network) will present Neighbor to Neighbor workshops at 7 p.m. at Historic Oakland, 5430 Vantage Point Road, Columbia. The workshops are designed to encourage communication within families and neighborhoods before a disaster occurs, and to make homes and neighborhoods self-reliant for up to three days in case of a local or regional emergency. Light refreshments will be served. Registration is encouraged. 410-730-4744.


Farmers' market -- The Maryland Farmers' Market will be open from 2:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the east Columbia library, 6600 Cradlerock Way, Columbia. The market will be open through Nov. 17, weather permitting.

Gender and war -- Howard County Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation, a local group affiliated with the U.S. Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation, will sponsor a talk by feminist activist Diana Dolev, "Militarization, Gender and Anti-Militarist Activism in Israel," from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the east Columbia library, 6600 Cradlerock Way. Refreshments will be served at 7 p.m.; the talk begins at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free. 410-531-7930.


Moms -- Real Savvy Moms, a national cooperative initiative marketing its sponsors' products to new and expectant mothers, will bring its 30-Day Live Event Tour to The Mall in Columbia during mall hours Friday, Saturday (starting at 10 a.m.) and Sunday (starting at 11 a.m.). Activities will include "new mommy makeovers," a children's storytime, games and sing-alongs and toddler races. The program is co-sponsored by companies providing products for new mothers. 404-920-0107, or

Hurricane expert -- Frederick K. Schoenbrodt Honors Program of Howard Community College and the college's social sciences division will present a talk by Nicholas K. Coch, an expert on hurricanes, at 7 p.m. in the college's Burrill Galleria, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia. Admission is free. 410-772-4946.

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