Community Notes

COMMUNITY NOTES

July 09, 2006

International Day to be held Saturday

The Columbia Association will sponsor its 12th Columbia International Day from noon to 11 p.m. Saturday at the Town Center lakefront.

The event will include live performances by Sol Y Rumba, Charm City Klezmer, Mariachi -- Sin Fronteras, Mystic Warriors, Talawa, Rhonda Robinson Jazz, and TMD and the Brass Solution, and dance performances by Irish Dance, Jow Ga Lion Dance Troupe and Village Dances of Korea.

International food and crafts are also planned.

Children's activities from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. are to include clowns, a juggling workshop, a Moon Bounce, balloon sculptures, face-painting and a dragon maze. Umbrellas entered in this year's decorated-umbrella art exhibition will be on display.

Admission is free.

Information: 410-715-3161.

Interfaith family dilemmas to be topic

The Columbia Jewish Congregation will sponsor a forum for interfaith families, "Interfaith Family Dilemmas: the Search for Positive and Psychologically Healthy Solutions," from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the Meeting House in Oakland Mills Village Center, 5885 Robert Oliver Place, Columbia.

Everyone is invited to participate in the open discussion.

Information: 410-730-6044.

Red Cross seeks blood donors

The Red Cross says that after the July 4 holiday, blood donations have fallen to a critical level, and the community blood supply is not adequate for the needs of hospitals.

In response, the Greater Chesapeake and Potomac Region of the Red Cross is urging eligible whole blood donors to schedule an appointment to give blood.

Donors must be in good health, at least 17 (16 with written parental consent) and weigh at least 110 pounds. They must not have received a tattoo within the past year and not have donated whole blood in the past 56 days.

Those who donate will receive a "Be the One We Count On" T-shirt and a chance to win $100 worth of gas in a weekly raffle.

Information or to schedule an appointment: 800-GIVE-LIFE.

Candidate forums set in Columbia

The Association of Community Services will hold the third in its series of candidate forums, for candidates for school board, from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Wednesday at Oakland Mills Interfaith Center, 5885 Robert Oliver Place, Columbia.

Information: www.acs hoco.org (click "public policy").

Neighbor Ride named a Md. service site

Neighbor Ride, a nonprofit organization that provides transportation services for older Howard County residents, has been named a 2006-2007 Volunteer Maryland Service Site, and is seeking a volunteer coordinator.

The position will be sponsored by AmeriCorps; the coordinator will receive a $13,000 living allowance and a $4,725 post-service education grant.

Information: 410-884-3616.

Nominations sought for volunteer awards

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

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

The nominees will be recognized at a ceremony with county officials Sept. 14. One of the nominees will be selected to represent the county at the statewide volunteer recognition program.

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

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