Community Notes

COMMUNITY NOTES

March 22, 2006

Families urged to seek energy aid

The Community Action Council of Howard County urges low-income families who have not applied for energy assistance through MEAP (Maryland Energy Assistance Program) since July 1 to do so before May 31.

Help is available to pay for heating costs and electricity.

The council urges people to apply for assistance as soon as possible because of an expected increase of 50 percent to 80 percent in the cost of electricity after deregulation in July.

Single people with annual incomes of less than $14,355, families of two with less than $19,245, families of three with less than $24,135 and families of four with less than $29,025 can qualify for assistance. Families with high medical bills can qualify even if their incomes exceed the limit.

Application can be made at the council, on the second floor of 6751 Columbia Gateway Drive, Columbia. Hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, with hours extended until 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays. No appointment is necessary. Application also can be made by mail.

Information or to request an application: 410-313-6440.

Giving Circle to hold meeting and social

The Women's Giving Circle will hold its fourth annual meeting and afternoon social from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. tomorrow at Historic Oakland, 5430 Vantage Point Road, Columbia.

Helen Mitchell, professor of philosophy and director of women's studies at Howard Community College, will discuss "Holding Up Half the Sky: From Basic Freedoms to Philanthropy."

Admission is $30 in advance. Tickets will be held at the door.

The advisory board of the circle has adopted adolescent girls as its focus of study and grant-making. Plans are under way to start an overnight camp for middle school girls this summer.

Information: womensgc @aol.com.

Preservation group is to meet today

The Columbia Association's Woodlawn Slave Quarters Preservation Task Force will meet at 6 p.m. today at the association's headquarters, 10221 Wincopin Circle, above Clyde's restaurant.

The association's board of directors created the task force to recommend a plan for the slave quarters and the site.

The meeting is open to the public.

Information: 410-715-3103.

Candidates forum scheduled Saturday

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. Saturday 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" will be held at Patapsco Female Institute Historic Park, 3691 Sarahs Lane, Ellicott City.

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

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

Information: 410-465-8500.

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.

To schedule an appointment: 410-313-7387.

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