Community Notes


November 30, 2005

Residents to discuss budget priorities

Howard County Executive James N. Robey invites residents to discuss their priorities at his first citizens' budget meeting for the fiscal 2007 budget cycle, to be held at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 7 in the Banneker Room of the George Howard Building, 3430 Court House Drive, Ellicott City.

Those who want to testify must sign up in person and individually. Sign-up will begin at 6:30 p.m.; testimony will be heard in the order in which people sign up.

To present testimony online: Online testimony is considered public information.

To request a sign-language interpreter: 410-313-6400 or TTY, 410-313-6401, at least three working days before the meeting.

Rebuilding Together plans fundraiser

Rebuilding Together with Christmas in April is holding its end-of-the-year fundraiser, a "Tiny Tot Playhouse Raffle" for a 6- by-8-foot Victorian playhouse with a 2-foot deck and railing, fully furnished and professionally decorated.

Raffle tickets will be on sale through Dec. 16; the drawing will be held Dec. 17.

The playhouse can be seen from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday at the Department of Recreation and Parks' Holiday Mart at Centennial High School; noon to 4 p.m. Sunday at Safeway in the Long Gate Shopping Center; at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 9 at Howard County Aglow in Centennial Park South; from 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Dec. 10 in Dorsey's Search Village Center; and 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Dec. 11 at First Evangelical Lutheran Church, 3604 Frederick Road, Ellicott City.

Tickets, which cost $10 each or $20 for three, can be purchased at each of these locations. They are also on sale at Kendall's Hardware in Clarksville, Clark's ACE Hardware in Ellicott City and at the Howard County Office on Aging, 6751 Columbia Gateway Drive, Columbia.

The Howard County chapter of Christmas in April (now known as Rebuilding Together with Christmas in April of Howard County) was founded in 1991. Its mission is to preserve and revitalize houses and communities in Howard County.

Information: 410-313-6560.

Master gardener deadline is today

Registration is due today 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 at 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.volun, and on the Columbia Association Web site, www.columbiaassocia

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.

Information: 410-796-7824, or

Artist to host fundraiser Sunday

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