Community Notes


April 28, 2006

Cancer screening, Hope project tied

Howard County Executive James N. Robey has announced that beginning this year Howard County's Blossoms of Hope project, to plant 1,000 pink Kwanzan cherry trees across Howard County, is to serve as a reminder to women of the importance of breast cancer screening.

Howard County General Hospital and the Howard County Health Department will co- operate in an outreach effort to raise awareness and promote screening that will coincide with the trees blossoming each year. The new venture includes a mobile breast examination clinic at planting sites at the central, east Columbia and Elkridge libraries, starting May 8, and low-cost mammograms at the hospital.

"Blossoms of Hope: The Howard County Cherry Tree Project," which began as a tourist attraction developed by Howard County Tourism, will celebrate National Arbor Day at 10 a.m. today at Centennial Park in Ellicott City by recognizing sponsors of trees.

Robey will speak. Blossoms of Hope will present a check to the Claudia Mayer Cancer Resource and Image Center, the project's beneficiary.

To schedule an appointment for a mammogram: 410-740- 7900. The Howard County Health Department provides free mammograms to women who qualify: 410-313- 4255.

`NAMIWalks' event to be held Sunday

The fourth annual Maryland "NAMIWalks -- Walk for the Mind of America" will be held Sunday at Centennial Park in Ellicott City. Check-in time is 10 a.m. Start time is 11 a.m.

NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, provides education, support and advocacy to individuals with mental illness and their families.

The walk is intended to raise awareness of and funds for NAMI's free educational programs, including lectures, support groups and training for programs for the police and others. The peer-driven organization also promotes a sense of empowerment for those affected by mental illness.

Walkers solicit sponsorships. There is no minimum donation and no registration fee.

Information: 800-467-0075 or 410-772-9300 (Howard County affiliate). Or visit www.

Hockey-game benefit tomorrow

The Howard County Heat, an ice hockey team of Howard County police officers and firefighters, will hold its fourth annual benefit game at 7 p.m. tomorrow at the Columbia Ice Rink. The Heat will play the Prince George's County '89ers, a team of police officers.

Police and fire vehicles will be displayed in front of the ice rink from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Tickets are $10 in advance; $12 at the door. Proceeds will help pay medical expenses for Pieter Lucas, a volunteer firefighter and auxiliary police officer from Glenwood who was injured while directing traffic at the scene of an accident on U.S. 40, and for the family of Cpl. Steven F. Gaughan, a Prince George's County police officer who died last year in the line of duty.

Information: Daniel Besseck, 410-804-8696.

Wildlife sanctuary holding garage sale

Frisky's Wildlife and Primate Sanctuary in Woodstock is holding the last weekend of its spring Garage Sale from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. tomorrow and Sunday, rain or shine.

A large selection of goods will be available to purchase -- including tools, toys, antiques, jewelry, Christmas decorations, glassware, furniture, collectibles, clothes and appliances.

Proceeds will help support the shelter's animals. Donations are also welcome.


Red Cross offers classes in CPR

The Central Maryland Red Cross will offer a class in adult CPR from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. tomorrow at Owen Brown Community Center, 6800 Cradlerock Way, Columbia. The cost is $40. Adult, infant and child CPR classes will be offered from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. tomorrow at Owen Brown Community Center. The cost is $45.

Information or registration: 410-624-2060.

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