Community Notes

COMMUNITY NOTES

March 12, 2006

ACS plans to meet at noon Wednesday

The Association of Community Services will meet from noon to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Meeting House, 5885 Robert Oliver Place, Columbia.

A pilot program on managing chronic care and an update on the Aging in Place Initiative are planned. Speakers will include representatives from the Howard County Office on Aging, who will talk about the specifics of the county's Human Services Plan, and staff from Maryland Access Point (MAP), an information and referral service for people ages 50 and older, adults with disabilities, caregivers and professionals.

Admission is free. Take a lunch or order one by completing the lunch form at www.acs hoco.org by tomorrow. The cost is $7, payable at the door.

Information: 410-796-7824.

County executive candidates forum

The group African-Americans in Howard County, in cooperation with African-American churches and community groups, will hold a forum for county executive candidates at 10 a.m. March 25 in Agape Hall at St. John Baptist Church, 8910 Old Annapolis Road (Route 108), Ellicott City.

Information: 301-596-5240 or 410-992-6977.

Etiquette program set for children

Ambassador Protocol of Columbia will present a new two-hour etiquette program for children and teens in grades four through eight and nine through 12, "Old Fashioned Manners in Today's World," at Patapsco Female Institute Historic Park, 3691 Sarahs Lane, Ellicott City.

A two-hour program for children in grades four through eight will be offered from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, and April 22 and June 10, and from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. March 19, April 23 and June 24. A two-hour program for teens in grades nine through 12 is scheduled from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. March 23 and March 28.

The cost is $30 a person. The classes are co-sponsored by Friends of the Patapsco Female Institute.

Information: Joan or John Scornaienchi, 410-465-8500.

Nominees sought for sports `hall'

Howard County Executive James N. Robey has announced that nomination forms are available for Howard County's 2006 Community Sports Hall of Fame, sponsored by the Department of Recreation and Parks.

The awards honor people who have gained prominence or made substantial contributions to community recreational sports in Howard County.

The deadline for nominations is Wednesday.

Nominees must have been residents of Howard County during the time of their contribution to community sports or have devoted their efforts to projects or activities in the county.

Nomination forms are available at www.co.ho.md.us/RAP, at library branches or by calling 410-313-4711. Forms must be postmarked by the deadline and mailed or delivered to Recreation and Parks Community Sports Hall of Fame, 7120 Oakland Mills Road, Columbia 21046-1677.

Scholarship deadline extended

The Columbia Association's board of directors has extended the deadline for the Spirit of Columbia Scholarship Award to Wednesday.

The program provides up to six $2,500 scholarships each year to graduating high school seniors who have shown exceptional effort in serving the community.

Eligible students must attend a Howard County public or private school, live in Columbia or have a parent working full time on Columbia Association-assessed property, maintain at least a C average in school; and have a history of voluntary service to the Columbia community.

Applications must be submitted to Spirit of Columbia Scholarship Award, c/o the Columbia Association, 10221 Wincopin Circle, Columbia 21044. Forms are available at high schools, community centers and Columbia Association headquarters. They can also be downloaded at www.columbiaasociation.com. If mailed, applications must be postmarked by Wednesday.

Information: 410-715-3175.

Essay contest deadline nears

Howard Transit, the county's public bus system, is celebrating a decade of service this year with an essay contest, open to customers ages 16 and older.

The "Howard Transit -- Real People" contest asks customers to tell in 200 words or less how access to the service has affected their lives. Creativity and a personal touch are encouraged. The contest ends Wednesday. Winners will be announced in April.

Information: 800-270-9553, or www.howardtransit.com.

County offers help to needy taxpayers

The Howard County Tax Counseling Program is offering free tax preparation services to senior citizens and low- to middle-income taxpayers at the Bain Center and other Howard County locations.

Appointments are available between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. weekdays. To schedule an appointment: 410-313-7387. Take tax records and the previous year's returns to the appointment.

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