Community Notes

Community Notes

May 21, 2006

Cancer fund begins endurance program

The Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults will initiate its new national endurance program today at the Columbia Triathlon.

The nonprofit organization is sending 14 young athletes - a mixed group of cancer survivors and others - to participate in the Columbia Triathlon and raise money. The program, called Run Tri Together, will help support the cancer fund's services for young adults affected by cancer and raise awareness of the challenges they face.

Teams are being organized to participate in endurance events in Chicago, New York, Washington, San Francisco and elsewhere.

The mission of the Ulman Fund is to support, educate and connect young adults affected by cancer.

Information: 410-964-0202.

County offices closed May 29 for holiday

Howard County government offices, courts, library branches, animal shelter and landfill will be closed in observance of Memorial Day on May 29. Library branches will also be closed May 28.

There will be no recycling or trash service May 29. Trash will be collected May 30 for Monday and Tuesday routes. Recycling for Monday routes will be collected June 5.

Parking meters must have coins, and parking regulations are in effect on Memorial Day.

For emergencies, call 911; for nonemergencies, call 410-313-2200. The 911 Center, police and fire departments operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Muslim Council to help school

The Howard County Muslim Council, in cooperation with the Baltimore Muslim Council and Baltimore Jewish Council, will sponsor a day to clean up and make repairs at Falstaff Elementary School, 3801 Fallstaff Road, Baltimore.

The group will paint the locker rooms, landscape and participate in other projects from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. today.

Adults and high school students are welcome to participate.

Information: Irfan Malik, 410-750-2739.

Special Olympics set for softball event

Special Olympics Howard County will hold a Softball Invitational at 9:15 a.m. today at Kiwanis Wallas Park in Ellicott City. Special Olympic athletes from nine Maryland counties will participate.

Registration is from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. Opening ceremonies are to begin at 9:15 a.m., and the competition is to start at 10 a.m.

The Howard County Council passed a resolution May 1 honoring Special Olympics Howard County for its contribution to the physical and emotional well-being of disabled children and adults in Howard County.

The organization recently held its fifth Inspiration Walk in Centennial Park in Ellicott City. Howard County Executive James N. Robey and athlete Nick Stewart kicked off the walk, which was attended by several hundred people and local officials.

Special Olympics Howard County offers a free, year-round program of sports training and competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities or closely related developmental disabilities.

Information or to volunteer: 410-740-0500, or www.somd

Golf tournament set for tomorrow

The Alpha Foundation of Howard County Inc., a nonprofit organization, will hold a golf tournament tomorrow 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, which 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 youths.

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

Volunteers needed at nature area

Volunteers are needed to help control invasive species and plant alder trees from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday in the woodcock seep area of the Middle Patuxent Environmental Area.

The effort to re-establish a breeding area for woodcocks is sponsored by the Howard County masters gardeners and the Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks. Volunteers should take water and gloves, and dress for the weather.

Information: 410-730-4994.

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