Community Notes

COMMUNITY NOTES

May 31, 2006

County to dedicate two of its new parks

Howard County will dedicate two of its new parks: Western Regional Park in Glenwood at 10 a.m. and Meadowbrook Park in Ellicott City at 1 p.m. Saturday.

Western Regional Park, at 14800 Carrs Mill Road, is a 160-acre site that includes three baseball diamonds, a concession building and plaza area, two basketball courts, a playground, two synthetic-turf multipurpose fields and athletic lighting for three fields.

A maintenance building, equestrian trails, picnic pavilions, pathways, playgrounds, parking, restrooms and a covered roller-hockey pavilion are still to be constructed.

Meadowbrook Park is a 77-acre community park with a 2.5-mile perimeter pathway that runs through wetlands, meadows and a bird habitat. It has three baseball diamonds, two tennis courts, two basketball courts, picnic shelters, open play areas and the largest playground in the county.

The public is invited to attend the dedication ceremonies.

Vendors sought for 50+ Expo

Vendors are still being sought for the 50+ Expo, to be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 20 at Wilde Lake High School in Columbia.

Limited spaces remain. Fees vary and are based on exhibitor category and location at the expo, which is designed for people ages 50 and older, their families, caregivers and friends.

The expo features a health fair, health screenings, an alternative care fair, an "Ask the Experts" series, workshops, demonstrations, an auction, entertainment and food.

Information or to reserve a space: 410-531-5472. To download a vendor packet: www.co.ho.md.us/OA/50+expo.htm.

Relay for Life benefit set Friday, Saturday

The Howard County Relay For Life, an overnight event to raise money for the American Cancer Society, will be held Friday and Saturday at Hammond High School in Columbia.

Teams camp out around a track all night, while team members take turns walking or running around the track. Music, dancing, games and picnics entertain participants.

The event will begin with a Survivors Reception, followed by opening ceremonies at 6:30 p.m. Friday. Survivors will take the traditional first lap around the track. At dusk, luminarias - candles honoring a person or a pet who has had cancer - will be set out. The cost is a $10 donation in advance. A victory lap and awards ceremony will be held at 7:30 a.m. Saturday.

A Kids' Walk for children up to age 14 will be held from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Saturday. Participants must register. Late registration will be available from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. Saturday. Entertainment will be provided for children from 9:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. Saturday. Each child who raises at least $35 will receive a relay T-shift and be eligible for prizes.

Information: www.howard countyrelay.com.

Sessions to focus on seniors' needs

The Columbia Association's Senior Advisory Committee will organize focus groups to discuss the needs of Columbia's older adult community. Participants will be asked about programs and services they would like to have and which of the association's programs and facilities they use the most.

The groups are open to people who live or work on Columbia Association-assessed property. Sessions last 1 1/2 hours and are limited to 12 participants.

Sessions for those ages 55 to 65 will be held at 7 p.m. today at Slayton House on Wilde Lake Village Green, and at 10 a.m. June 21 at Owen Brown Community Center, 6800 Cradlerock Way. Sessions for those ages 66 and older will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Slayton House, and 7 p.m. July 18 at Owen Brown Community Center. Light refreshments will be served. Registration is required. Information or registration: 410-715-3175.

Success in Style plans open house

Success in Style, a nonprofit organization that provides free business attire and interview training to women, will hold an open house from noon to 5 p.m. tomorrow at 3290 Pine Orchard Lane, Suite A-2, Ellicott City. The first 50 guests will receive a gift.

Information: 410-750-6475, or visit www.successinstyle.org.

Conservation board seeks nominations

Nominations are being sought for an appointment to the Howard Soil Conservation District Board of Supervisors. The appointment will be for a term that expires July 10, 2011.

Any interested individual or organization can submit a recommendation. Supervisors must be residents of the district; district boundaries are the same as county boundaries.

Nominations, which must be received by June 26, should be sent to: State Soil Conservation Committee, Department of Agriculture, 50 Harry S. Truman Parkway, Room 306, Annapolis, 21401.

Nomination forms are available through the Maryland Cooperative Extension - Howard County, 3525-L Ellicott Mills Drive, Ellicott City 21043-4561. Forms are also available at the Soil Conservation District Office, 708 Lisbon Center Drive, Suite E, Woodbine.

Information: Caragh Fitzgerald, 410-313-2707.

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