Community Notes

COMMUNITY NOTES

December 07, 2005

Meeting tonight on teen parties

HC DrugFree, a Howard County nonprofit organization focused on helping teenagers avoid alcohol and other drugs, will present a program for parents and teens, "Teen Parties: Everything You Need to Know to Keep You and Your Teen Safe," at 7 p.m. today at Centennial High School.

The program will include tips on planning drug-free parties and how to prepare your child for difficult party situations. Also discussed will be parents' liability if they allow a party at their home and alcohol or other drugs are consumed.

Speakers will be Circuit Judge Richard Bernhardt; Donna Wilson, former police youth services officer; and Officer Mark Heron of the Howard County Police. Parents also will have an opportunity to discuss their experiences.

Admission is free. Reservations are not required.

Information: Laura Smit, 410-799-4879, or www. hcdrugfree.org.

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. today in the Banneker Room of the George Howard Building, 3430 Court House Drive, Ellicott City.

Those who wish to testify must sign up individually beginning at 6:30 p.m. Testimony will be heard in the order in which people sign up.

To present testimony online: www.co.ho.md.us. Online testimony is considered public information.

Hospital auxiliary to hold book sale

The Howard County General Hospital Volunteer Auxiliary will sponsor a sale of new books and gifts from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. today, tomorrow and Friday in the hospital's main lobby.

Proceeds will go to the hospital's expansion program. Howard County General Hospital is at 5755 Cedar Lane, Columbia.

Information: 410-312-9140.

Salvation Army seeks volunteers

The Salvation Army needs volunteers to assist with its holiday fundraising and toy distribution.

Individuals, families, religious and civic groups and community organizations are needed to sort and distribute toys, donate and distribute Christmas meals and food baskets to the poor and homeless, and participate in other charitable activities.

Information or to volunteer: 410-783-2920.

`Pizza with Santa' at noon Saturday

The Fifth District Volunteer Fire Department will hold its "Pizza With Santa," an all-you-can-eat event, from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday at the fire station in Clarksville.

Pizza Hut will provide the food. The cost is $7 for ages 12 and older; $4 for children ages 5 to 11. Children to age 5 will eat for free.

Information: 410-313-7215.

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 at 6:30 p.m. Friday at Howard County Aglow in Centennial Park South; from 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Saturday 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 the county.

Information: 410-313-6560.

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 teerhoward.org, and on the Columbia Association Web site, www.columbiaassocia tion.com.

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.

New textbooks to be on display

Textbooks and textbook-related materials recommended for the first time for use in Howard County schools will be on display starting tomorrow in the lobby of the Department of Education, 10910 Route 108, Ellicott City. The materials will be on display from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays, through Jan. 3.

Forms will be available to express opinions about the materials.

Information: 410-313-7011.

Help is available for caregivers

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