Gangs and drugs to be discussed

April 16, 2006

The Association of Community Service will discuss gangs and drugs at its monthly meeting from noon to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Meeting House in Oakland Mills Village Center, 5885 Robert Oliver Place.

Tom Cargiulo, director of Substance Abuse Services for Howard County, and representatives from the Howard County Police Department will speak. Admission is free.

Information: 410-796-7824, or www.acshoco.org.

Oakland Mills voting slated for Saturday

The Oakland Mills Community Association will hold its community association election Saturday. Polls will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at The Other Barn, 5851 Robert Oliver Place.

Running for five seats on the village board are Phil Engelke, Karen Gray, W.H. Kriz Krizmanich and Bill Woodcock. Barbara Russell is running for the Columbia Council seat.

Owners of property and tenants with a lease on property in Oakland Mills are eligible to vote. If a property is jointly owned, only one vote can be cast. Photo identification and proof of address are required.

Information: 410-730-4610.

Around Town

Help a neighbor -- Items are needed for silent and live auctions to be held at an event to help raise money for medical expenses for David Hillen, whose sons attend Oakland Mills middle and high schools. Hillen needs a liver transplant and has been unable to work because of the disease; the cost of a transplant is about $350,000. The event will be held at 5:30 p.m. April 27 at Oakland Mills High School. Dinner, which costs $5, will be provided by Outback Steakhouse. Items set to be auctioned include Acela Express tickets to New York City; tickets to Iceland on Icelandic Airlines; tickets to the Booz Allen Classic golf tournament (June 19-26), and a gift certificate for 12 people to A Day at the Races at Laurel Park. Prizes also include lunch with County Executive James N. Robey and Sen. Sandra B. Schrader, according to Carole Knister, who is organizing the event with Hillen's wife, Karen. Gift certificates or products from businesses, as well as cash, are welcome. Carole Knister, 410-884-6053. Donations can also be made payable to the National Transplant Assistance Fund, earmarked for David Hillen and sent to 150 N. Radnor Chester Road, Radnor, Pa. 19087. www.transplantfund.org.

At Amherst house -- Sandra Duerr is teaching a ballet class for young children ages 3 to 5 from 12:15 p.m. to 12:45 p.m. Mondays at Amherst House, 7251 Eden Brook Drive. There is a fee. Wee Friends, parent-and-child classes for ages 18 months to 4 years led by Judy Milke, is offered Monday, Wednesday or Friday mornings, depending on the age of the child. A session is to begin April 24. Leigh Roberts is conducting an eight-week session of beginner Pilates from 7:15 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. Mondays. The cost is $96 for lien payers; $104 for others. 410-381-9600.

Relay for Life -- Howard County's Relay for Life, a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society, will be held June 2 and 3 at Hammond High School. Teams are being formed for the community overnight event during which participants camp out while team members walk on a track through the night. Team captains can register members at www. acsevents.org/relay/howard, and volunteers can register for a team. Bank Nights, when team captains can turn in funds raised, will be held at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday and May 3, 18 and 30 at the Bain Center, 5470 Ruth Keeton Way. Debra Wilkenloh, 410-997-8700.

Candidates forum -- Columbia Democratic Club will hold a candidates forum at 7 p.m. Thursday at Jeffers Hill Neighborhood Center, 6030 Tamar Drive. Candidates running for the state Senate and the House of Delegates will present their views and answer questions. Gary Magnuson, 410-740-8421.

Clothes swap -- Long Reach Community Association will sponsor a "Kids' Clothes Swap" from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday on the village center parking lot. The outdoor sale will include gently used children's clothes, toys, books and furniture. Those interested in selling should register at Stonehouse, 8775 Cloudleap Court. The cost is $15 a space. Admission for buyers is free. 410-730-8113.

Prevent theft -- Free vehicle identification etching will be offered from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Amherst House in Kings Contrivance village. The Howard County Police Department will engrave a unique vehicle identification number on all the major pieces of glass in each vehicle. Those who attend can also register in the Watch Your Car Program. 410-313-3337.

Positive parenting -- The Family Tree is accepting registration for parent classes, to be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. April 26 through June 21 at Columbia Teen Center, 5853 Robert Oliver Place in Oakland Mills Village Center. The classes, which are free, will focus on habits of healthy families, stress and anger management, good ways to communicate and positive ways to discipline, the importance of home safety, succeeding in school and ensuring a child's well-being and parents' self-esteem. Child care will be provided. Registration: Carmen Albuerne, 410-889-2300, ext. 1226. To reach a 24-hour family stress line: 800-243- 7337.

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