November 06, 2005


Bird club -- Howard County Bird Club will sponsor a walk around Centennial Lake to look for migrating waterfowl and other species, starting at 8 a.m. at the west end parking lot, off Centennial Lane. Beginners are welcome. There is no cost. 410-461-3361, or

Moms -- Real Savvy Moms, a national cooperative initiative marketing its sponsors' products to new and expectant mothers, is presenting its 30-Day Live Event Tour at The Mall in Columbia, starting at 11 a.m. today. Activities are to include "new mommy makeovers," a children's story time, games, sing-alongs and toddler races. The program is co-sponsored by companies providing products for new mothers. 404-920-0107, or

Cat adoptions -- Howard County Cat Club will hold an adoption show from noon to 3 p.m. at 6181 Old Dobbin Lane, Suite 800, Columbia. 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 howardcountycats@earthlink. net.


Dealing with grief -- Howard County Department of Citizen Services' Office on Aging will offer a grief support group, The SPRING Pretenders, from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Mondays, starting tomorrow, at the Bain Center, 5470 Ruth Keeton Way, Columbia. The group is to offer a place to share with others who can understand the pain of bereavement. The group will continue through the holidays. Admission is free, but registration is recommended. 410-313-7213.

Stencilers to meet -- Chesapeake Bay Stencilers will offer a class on how to stencil a wood floor inlay at 10 a.m. at Ketteran Studios, Suite A-1 rear, 9198 Red Branch Road, Ellicott City. Patti Riegert, 443-203-0733.


PFLAG to meet -- Jody Huckaby, national executive director of PFLAG (Parents, Friends and Families of Lesbians and Gays) will speak at the November meeting of Howard County PFLAG at 7:30 p.m. at Owen Brown Interfaith Center, 7246 Cradlerock Way, Columbia. He will discuss the role of the national PFLAG office, the impact PFLAG has had on the lives of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered people and their families and challenges facing the organization. Colette Roberts, 410-290-8292, or


Gentle discipline -- Parent Resource Place, a program of Jewish Family Services in Howard County, will offer a workshop for parents of toddlers, "Gentle Discipline," at 7 p.m. at Gan Israel Preschool, 770 Howes Lane, Columbia. Pediatric nurse Janet Schultz will be the facilitator. Admission is free, but registration is requested. Helaine Brenner, 410-730-4976, Ext. 26.

Maryland history -- Howard County Genealogical Society will sponsor a talk by Michael Virts, "Point Lookout POW Camp -- History of the Southern Maryland Prison for Confederate Captives," at 7:30 p.m. at Ellicott City Senior Center, 9401 Frederick Road. Admission is free and open to the public. 410-465-8456.


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

Safety costs -- League of Women Voters of Howard County and the Howard County Library will sponsor a panel discussion, "Local Voices: Balancing Homeland Security and Civil Liberties," from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the Banneker Room of the George Howard Building, 3430 Court House Drive, Ellicott City. On the panel are experts in homeland security, local preparedness and civil liberties that can be threatened when communities are in crisis mode. Participating will be Kevin Burr, director of Howard County Emergency Services, American Red Cross; Mary Ellen Duncan, president, Howard Community College; Valerie Gross, director, Howard County Library; Pat Hatch, program manager, Maryland Office for New Americans, Maryland Department of Human Resources; security and terrorism specialist Lt. John McKissick, Howard County Police Department; Laurie Nelson, director, Howard County Medical Reserve Corps; and Battalion Chief William Smith, Fire and Rescue Services, Howard County Office of Emergency Management. There will be an opportunity for questions. A reception with the panelists is planned after the meeting. 410-730-0142.


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