Community Notes

COMMUNITY NOTES

May 07, 2006

Postal workers' food drive set

The National Association of Letter Carriers will hold a nationwide, one-day food drive Saturday. Residents will receive postcards in the mail reminding them to leave nonperishable food donations by the mailbox or to drop them off at a post office.

Most-needed items include canned meat, peanut butter and nuts and seeds; oatmeal, rice and rice cakes and pasta; canned fruits and juices and canned vegetables; powdered milk and infant formula; and non-food items such as diapers, toilet paper, plastic or paper plates and cups.

Citizens group to meet tomorrow

The Howard County Citizens Association will hold its annual meeting at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow at Hawthorn Neighborhood Center, on Sunny Spring in Hickory Ridge village.

Members will choose officers and a board of directors for the nonpartisan, nonprofit citizens' information and advocacy group. In addition to the 11 nominees submitted by the nominating committee, members can nominate candidates.

Information: Betsy Singer, 410-730-7740, or www.howard- citizen.org.

`Supper at Six' is canceled

The "Supper at Six" event with Bebe Moore Campbell, sponsored by the Howard County Library and scheduled for tomorrow, has been canceled.

The author canceled her appearance because of illness.

Information: 410-313-7786.

Breast-cancer exams tomorrow at clinics

Howard County General Hospital and the Howard County Health Department are cooperating in a campaign to raise awareness and promote screening for breast cancer that will coincide with the blossoming of Kwanzan cherry trees planted by Howard County's Blossoms of Hope project.

The new venture includes mobile breast-examination clinics at the central, east Columbia and Elkridge libraries, starting tomorrow, and low-cost ($50) mammograms at the hospital.

The free, half-day, walk-in clinics will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. tomorrow at the east Columbia library, 6600 Cradlerock Way; 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Elkridge library, 6540 Washington Blvd.; 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Friday at the central library, 10375 Little Patuxent Parkway; 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. May 15 at the east Columbia library; 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 17 at the Elkridge library; and 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. May 18 at the central library.

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

CBHC to hold its annual meeting

The public is invited to the 2006 annual meeting of Community Building in Howard County.

The gathering is to be held at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow in the Banneker Room of the George Howard Building, 3430 Court House Drive, Ellicott City.

CBHC will celebrate its 15 years of volunteer service and the county government's commitment to support implementation of its 2005 Report on the State of Community in Howard County, the first report on the state of community in the county, said the organization's vice president, Jean Toomer.

The group plans to disband as an organization and pass its mission of building a diverse, harmonious community to county government and community partnerships. Its members will continue to be active in the community.

The public is invited to attend the celebration. To read the report: www.communitybuilding-hc.org.

Statements of support from individuals and groups for implementing the ideas in the report are welcome and will be shared with the public. They can be sent to CBHC, P.O. Box 341, Columbia 21045.

Information: Alan Pflugrad, CBHC president, 410-995-6567, or Jean Toomer, vice president, 410-730-3334.

Medicare drug plan help is available

Seniors and others who participate in Medicare are invited to meet with a mobile education team for assistance with enrolling in Medicare Part D, the Medicare Prescription Drug Plan.

People with limited financial resources can be screened for their eligibility to receive extra help in paying for prescription drugs.

The free, community-based educational program, My Medicare Matters, is sponsored by the National Council on the Aging and the Access to Benefits Coalition.

An enrollment event is planned from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. tomorrow at the East Columbia 50+ Center. Call 410-313-7391 for an appointment.

Those who attend are asked to bring a current list of prescriptions, including dosage strengths and instructions; a Medicare card; any correspondence received from former employers, government agencies or a Medigap insurance provider about the new Medicare drug benefit.

Police promoting, checking seat-belt use

The Howard County Police Department is participating in the 2006 Maryland Chief's Challenge, an education and enforcement campaign to raise awareness of the benefits of using safety belts: saving lives and reducing injury.

The program, which strives to achieve a 92 percent seat-belt usage rate by the end of the year, runs until June 6. The focus of the Chief's Challenge is to enforce Maryland's seat-belt and child safety seat laws. The Police Department will conduct periodic seat-belt and child safety-seat checkpoints and inspections across the county.

Etiquette program for children slated

Ambassador Protocol of Columbia will present a two-hour etiquette program for students 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 children in grades four through eight will be offered from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. June 10 and June 24. The cost is $30. Information: 410-465-8500.

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