Community Notes


November 13, 2005

Medical-aid project to be talk's focus

Soroptimist of Howard County will sponsor a talk by Vickie Johnson, communications manager of Interchurch Medical Assistance Inc., on the Soroptimist Village Dispensary Kit, the club's joint project with her organization.

The briefing will be held at the club's monthly dinner meeting at 6:15 p.m. Thursday at That's Amore restaurant in Columbia.

The project, which brings over-the-counter medical items to rural health clinics in the Caribbean and Central America, began locally. Thirty-two Soroptimist clubs in the South Atlantic Region are involved in sending the kits, which are distributed on an as-needed basis and serve an average village for two to three months.

Soroptimist of Howard County is part of an international volunteer service organization for business and professional women.

Reservations for the dinner are due tomorrow.

Information or reservations: Karen Trennepohl, 410-750- 9413.

Master gardener training slated

The Howard County Office of the Maryland Cooperative Extension will offer its master gardener training program from 9 a.m. to noon Mondays and Wednesdays, Jan. 23 to March 29, at the Maryland Cooperative Extension Office in Ellicott City.

The training covers plant, insect and disease problems and other topics related to sustainable and environmental impacts of gardening practices.

The mission of the master gardeners is to provide education to consumers; participants must be willing to volunteer time.

The cost is $150. Registration is due by Nov. 30. To request a master gardener registration packet: 410-313-2707.

Help is available for caregivers

Grandparents as Parents is providing information, referrals, financial assistance and other services for those caring for a relative's child.

The program, which is open to grandparents and other relatives who are caregivers, has been providing services to "relative caregivers," including those raising children placed with them by an agency, since 1997.

Information: 410-313-1431.

Disability-awareness meeting planned

The Association of Community Services will sponsor a disability-awareness meeting from noon to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Meeting House, 5885 Robert Oliver Place, Columbia.

The free meeting will focus on how local businesses and human service agencies can meet the needs of the county's growing number of disabled people.

Representatives from the Department of Citizen Services' Office of Disability Services and the Commission on Disability Issues will discuss the needs of people living with disabilities.

The ACS is a network of community advocates, nonprofit, for-profit and government agencies working to advance human services in Howard County.

Information: 410-796-7824.

`Women's Hall' seeks nominees

The Howard County Commission for Women is seeking nominations to honor outstanding women in the 2006 Women's Hall of Fame.

Nomination forms, which must be received by Friday, are available at county libraries and at the Gateway Building, 6751 Columbia Gateway Drive, Columbia. They can be downloaded at

Completed forms and supporting documents should be mailed to the Commission for Women, Women's Hall of Fame Committee, P.O. Box 348, Simpsonville 21150-0348.

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