Community Notes


December 21, 2005

New service offers help for elderly

Elder Care Options, a new service of Family and Children's Services of Central Maryland, is accepting clients. The service provides care managers who coordinate health care, safety, legal services and other resources for older adults.

The managers are licensed social workers or registered nurses familiar with Howard County and its resources. They help families and the elderly through medical crises and discharge planning, conduct assessments, develop a written summary with recommendations, arrange for and monitor services, and are available when family caregivers need a break or live far away.

Information: 800-274-1576.

Benefit raises $24,000 for cancer center

The ninth annual Cuts Against Cancer, held at Patrick's Hair Design, raised more than $24,000 for the Claudia Mayer Cancer Resource and Image Center, a service of Howard County General Hospital.

In addition to Patrick's Hair Design, participating salons included; George of New York; Hasan's Hair Studio; Looks Salon & Spa, Lutfi's International Salon & Spa; Lynn's Day Spa; Mason & Friends Hair, Skin and Nail Studio; Rafet's Hairmasters; Tagi's Hair Design; Solon Francisco; and Victoria & Albert.

The center, which houses a library and a fully equipped beauty salon, helps cancer patients and their families find information and services to help make living with cancer easier.

College library to close for break

The Howard Community College Library will end its fall semester at 5 p.m. tomorrow and remain closed for winter break through Jan. 2. The library reopens Jan. 3 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday (except Jan. 16, when the college is closed in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day).

The library's regular hours (8 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Fridays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays) will resume with the first weekend of the spring credit semester Jan. 28.

Information: 410-772-4922.

County library lists Christmas closures

The Howard County Library will be closed Saturday, Sunday and Monday for the Christmas holiday.

Library branches will close at 4 p.m. Dec. 31 and will be closed Jan. 1.

Information: 410-313-7890, or

3 members sought for preservation panel

The Columbia Association's board of directors is seeking three members to serve on its Woodlawn Slave Quarters Preservation Task Force, a subset of the association's advocacy committee.

The task force will recommend to the board a plan for the site and pursue funding. Members of the task force will be appointed to serve until the panel is disbanded.

Those with expertise in historic preservation and African-American history and culture are encouraged to apply.

Letters of interest, with a resume or equivalent information, should be sent by Jan. 13 to Barbara Kellner, Columbia Association, 10221 Wincopin Circle, Columbia 21044 or faxed to 410-715-3067.

Information: 410-715-3103.

Applicants sought for Richardson award

Soroptimist International of Howard County is seeking applicants for the organization's Violet Richardson Award, a recognition program for young women volunteers ages 14 to 17. Applications, due by Jan. 3, are available from school counselors or by calling 410-461-5486. The winner will receive $800, with an additional $50 to go to a charity of her choice. The winning application will compete in the Soroptimist South Atlantic Regional competition.

Applications are also invited for a Woman's Opportunity Award, designed to help heads of households who must work to support their families. Applicants must be working to achieve educational and career goals. The local award is $1,000; the regional awards are $3,000 and $5,000.

Applications must be submitted by Jan. 15. To request an application: 410-461-5922.

Information: Karen Trennepohl, 410-750-9413.

AmeriCorps*VISTA position available

The Volunteer Center Serving Howard County is seeking an applicant for an AmeriCorps *VISTA full-time position at the center, starting next month.

Responsibilities include planning and organizing service projects; maintaining relationships with the center's nonprofit partners; recruiting volunteers; evaluating projects; youth outreach and assisting with disaster preparedness; and response initiatives.

The successful candidate will receive a living allowance of about $10,400 for the year, as well as training, health insurance and a student loan deferment. A post-service educational award of up to $4,725 can help pay for future courses or student loans.

Candidates must be at least 18 years old with some college experience and have their own transportation. Strong organizational, computer and interpersonal skills are needed.

Information: Mickey Gomez, 410-715-3176.

Salvation Army seeks volunteers

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

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