Community Notes

COMMUNITY NOTES

June 09, 2006

Columbia to mark 39th birthday

Columbia's 39th birthday celebration will be held today at the Columbia Lakefront as part of the Columbia Festival of the Arts LakeFest.

A cake-cutting ceremony with Columbia Association President Maggie J. Brown and the Columbia board of directors is planned at 7:30 p.m. Everyone is invited to join in singing "Happy Birthday."

Information: 410-715-3161.

PATH to hold public assembly

PATH - People Acting Together in Howard - will hold its first public assembly at 6:30 p.m. Sunday at St. Augustine Church, 5976 Old Washington Road, Elkridge. The organization invites religious groups, civic organizations, schools and other community groups to participate. PATH's goal is to improve life in the county and guide its development. A musical performance is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m.

Information: Hector R. Rodriguez, 443-631-0115.

`4 for Families' race set for tomorrow

The National Family Resiliency Center, a nonprofit organization, will sponsor a four-mile race fundraiser, "4 For Families," at 8 a.m. tomorrow.

The hilly, challenging racecourse starts on the parking lot at Century Plaza, 10632 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia. Teams are welcome. Registration is required. Participants will receive a T-shirt and are eligible for door prizes.

A free children's festival, with races, crafts, games, face-painting, balloons and a visit from the fire department, will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at Century Plaza. An adult must accompany children.

Information: 410-740-9553.

Teen Advisory postpones event

The Columbia Association's Teen Advisory Committee has postponed the basketball tournament honoring the memory of Dessalines Jacques, who died in a traffic accident.

The event, originally scheduled for June 16, will be held in October at a date to be determined.

Information: Carol Wasser, 410-715-5523.

Juneteenth event will be held Sunday

The Howard County Center of African American Culture will hold its annual Juneteenth Celebration, a nationally celebrated commemoration of the end of slavery in the United States, at 3 p.m. Sunday at the center, 5434 Vantage Point Road, Columbia.

Admission to the family program is free. Light refreshments will be served.

Information: 410-715-1921.

CA board seeking applicants for panel

The Columbia Association's board of directors is seeking applicants to fill three vacancies on the Environmental Matters Committee, a subcommittee of the association's Open Space Committee. Members of the subcommittee will advise the Open Space Committee and the board on environmental issues, interests, opportunities and concerns related to Columbia's open space.

Applicants, who must live on Columbia Association-assessed property, should have a background in natural resource management or policy, or parks, grounds or outdoor recreation planning and management.

Letters of interest, with a resume, should be sent by Thursday to Daniel D'Amore, Columbia Association, 10221 Wincopin Circle, Columbia 21044; or faxed to 410-312-6327.

Information: 410-381-0186.

Vendors sought for 50+ Expo

Vendors are 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.

Fees vary and are based on exhibitor category and location at the expo, which is designed for people 50 and older and their families, caregivers and friends. The expo will feature 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.

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.

A session for ages 55 to 65 will be held at 10 a.m. June 21 at Owen Brown Community Center, 6800 Cradlerock Way, Columbia; a session for those 66 and older will be held at 7 p.m. July 18 at the same location. Light refreshments will be served.

Registration is required. Information or registration: 410-715-3175.

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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