Community Notes


May 17, 2006

Foundation plans golf tournament

The Alpha Foundation of Howard County Inc., a nonprofit organization, will hold a golf tournament Monday at Hobbits Glen Golf Club in Columbia.

The shotgun start, featuring a captain's choice scramble, is set for 8 a.m. The cost is $125 a person, and includes a greens fee, golf cart, breakfast and lunch, range balls and a gift bag.

Sponsorships also are available. Proceeds will help advance educational opportunities for Howard County African-American youth.

Information or registration:, or Harold Burgess, 410-730-4749;

Heart Association benefit is Saturday

A benefit for the American Heart Association, "Portraits of the Heart: Heart Ball 2006," is planned from 6 p.m. to midnight Saturday at Kossiakoff Center, 11100 Johns Hopkins Road, North Laurel.

Tickets, which are $175 a person, include a heart-healthy dinner. There will be dancing to the music of the Encore Band and silent and live auctions.

Information: 410-637-4512.

Fund being started to help pay pool fees

The Columbia Foundation and the family of the late Ann Scherr, former director of the association's Community Services Division, are seeking to establish a fund to offer grants for summer pool memberships for lower-income families.

The grants, offered by the Ann Scherr Fund, will be made to families paying the Columbia Association reduced rates.

Scherr, who died in 2005, was committed to ensuring that all residents have access to the Columbia Association facilities and services.

Information: 410-730-1801.

Effort on to promote cancer screening

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 the Kwanzan cherry trees planted by Howard County's Blossoms of Hope project.

The new venture includes mobile breast-examination clinics at libraries and low-cost ($50) mammograms at the hospital.

Free, half-day walk-in clinics will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. today at the Elkridge library; and 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. tomorrow at the central library.

To schedule an appointment for a mammogram: 410-740- 7900.

The Health Department also provides free mammograms to women who qualify: 410-313- 4255.

Opinions sought on shuttle changes

The Corridor Transportation Corp. will begin a 30-day period for public comment on potential fare increases that will affect Connect-A-Ride Service and potential changes to its G and H routes. The G route connects Laurel and College Park; Columbia travelers can take the E from The Mall in Columbia to Laurel Mall to connect to the G. The H route connects Laurel to Greenbelt. The proposed fare increase and route changes are scheduled to take effect July 3.

A public meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. June 1 in the first-floor conference room at the Corridor Transportation Corp.'s headquarters, 312 Marshall Ave., Suite 104, Laurel.

The proposed increase would raise the base fare from $1.50 to $1.75; fares for people with disabilities and seniors will remain 75 cents. The new fare structure would include a 25-cent transfer fee with each transfer for those with disabilities and seniors, and a 50-cent transfer fee for others. Information: www.corri

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