Community Notes

COMMUNITY NOTES

July 05, 2006

Luau planned for wounded GIs

The Yingling-Ridgely Veterans of Foreign Wars and its Ladies Auxiliary will sponsor a Hawaiian luau Saturday for wounded troops from Walter Reed Army Medical Center and Bethesda Naval Hospital. Hawaiian dancers and music, food, door prizes and games for children are planned.

The event will be held from noon to 4 p.m. at the VFW post in Ellicott City. The luau is co-sponsored by Maryland for Our Military, whose members join members of the VFW's auxiliary and junior girls' unit in arranging weekly visits to Walter Reed and to the Molonge and Fisher houses, overflow housing on hospital campuses for troops and their families.

The visitors bring milk, bread, cereal, canned foods, snacks, fresh fruit, DVDs, CDs, gas cards and gift cards from retail stores and local restaurants for the soldiers. Additional visitors are welcome, as are donations of food, money for gas and gift cards, and prizes for the luau.

Many of the GIs are missing arms, legs, eyes or other body parts, said Sandi Kriebel, past department president of the state VFW and an organizer of the visits and the luau.

The VFW post is at 4225 VFW Lane, off Old Columbia Pike. Information: Sandi Kriebel, 410-750-3941 or Kathy Ratti, 410-549-0938.

Nominations sought for volunteer award

Nomination forms are available for Howard County's 2006 Volunteer of the Year awards for individuals and groups.

Nominees must be residents of the county or do their volunteer work in the county; their work should have a significant impact on the community or on an individual.

The nominees will be recognized at a ceremony with county officials Sept. 14. One of the nominees will be selected to represent Howard County and its volunteers at the annual statewide Maryland You are Beautiful volunteer recognition program, to be held by Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. in September.

Nomination forms are available through the Howard County public information office (410-313-2022) or online at www.co.ho.md.us. The deadline for nominations is Aug. 7.

Habitat to hold open house

Habitat for Humanity of Howard County Inc. will hold an open house and public meeting from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at 6570 Dobbin Road, Columbia.

The group will explain its work and invite people to participate. Light refreshments will be provided and a raffle for a children's playhouse is planned.

Information: 410-997-4949.

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