Community Notes


November 27, 2005

Master gardener deadline nears

Registration is due by Wednesday for the Howard County office of the Maryland Cooperative Extension master gardener training program, to be held from 9 a.m. to noon Mondays and Wednesdays, Jan. 23 to March 29, at the extension office in Ellicott City.

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

The mission of the master gardeners is to provide education to consumers; participants who complete the course must be willing to volunteer time in community projects and activities.

Anyone with a keen interest in gardening, and especially anyone with skills in writing, graphics and computers, is encouraged to apply.

The cost is $150. To request a master gardener registration packet: 410-313-2707.

Soroptimists seek nominations

Soroptimist of Howard County is seeking nominations for its "Soroptimist Making a Difference for Women Award," honoring a woman whose work has had a significant impact on the lives of women or girls, and who inspires other women.

The winner will receive $500 to be donated to the charitable organization of her choice, and can compete regionally for the opportunity to donate $5,000 to charity.

Nomination forms must be returned by Thursday.

Information: Joan Webb Scornaienchi, 410-290-0436.

Libraries opening late on Friday

Howard County library branches and administrative offices will open at 11:30 a.m. Friday, instead of 9:30 a.m., to allow time for an employee holiday celebration.

Information: 410-313-7890 or

Volunteer center's gift guide online

The Volunteer Center Serving Howard County's "Holiday Gift Guide 2005" is available on the center's Web site, www.volunteer, and on the Columbia Association Web site, www.colum

The guide highlights the needs of more than 50 nonprofit and governmental organizations for volunteers and donations of warm clothing, furniture, unwrapped toys, nonperishable foods, small appliances, gift certificates and other items. Volunteers are also needed to help with holiday parties, wrapping gifts and other activities.

Free copies of the "Holiday Gift Guide 2005" are also available.

Information or to receive a copy: 410-715-3172. The Volunteer Center Serving Howard County is at 10221 Wincopin Circle, Columbia.

`Conversation with Robey' is Dec. 6

The Association of Community Services will hold its "Conversation with Howard County Executive James N. Robey" from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Dec. 6 at the Meeting House in Oakland Mills Village Center, 5885 Robert Oliver Place, Columbia.

Discussion will focus on how issues related to housing, transportation, health and mental health, access to services and other human service issues will be addressed in the coming year. The new Human Services Plan will also be discussed. There will be an opportunity for questions.

Information: 410-796-7824, or

Artist to host fundraiser Dec. 4

Tatiana, a Howard County artist, will be host of a fundraiser for the Women's Giving Circle from noon to 5 p.m. Dec. 4.

Twenty percent of proceeds from purchases made at Tatiana's studio during those hours will be donated to the Women's Giving Circle. Purchasers must mention the Women's Giving Circle at the time of purchase.

The studio is at 14290 Triadelphia Road, Glenelg.

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