Community Notes

COMMUNITY NOTES

July 12, 2006

Meeting set today on U.S. strategy

The Maryland State Highway Administration and Howard County will hold an open house on the U.S. 1 Corridor Improvement Strategy in the county. The meeting will focus on roadway improvements and future development patterns east of Interstate 95.

Comments and suggestions on the future of the U.S. 1 corridor are invited.

The open house will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. today at Elkridge Elementary School, 7075 Montgomery Road, Elkridge.

Information: Harriet Levine, 410-837-5840.

Emergency management session

The Maryland Emergency Management Agency will sponsor a seminar on the role of elected leaders during emergencies from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. tomorrow at the Kossiakoff Center of the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory, North Laurel.

William M. Lokey of FEMA, federal coordinating officer for the response to Hurricane Katrina, and Robert Latham, director of the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency, will speak. Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. will also speak.

The event, a training seminar for local elected officials, is not open to the public.

Information: 410-517-3633.

Independent voters to meet July 24

Independent Voters in Howard County, a new organization, will meet from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. July 24 at the Miller branch library, 9421 Frederick Road, Ellicott City.

Speakers are to include Angela Beltram of C.O.P.E., Citizens for an Open Process for Everyone; Steve Wallis, independent candidate for Howard County executive; and Kevin Zeese, independent candidate for U.S. Senate.

Information: Mona Brinegar, 443-889-9070.

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. today 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 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. today at Oakland Mills Interfaith Center, 5885 Robert Oliver Place, Columbia.

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

Neighbor Ride named a state 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 do their volunteer work 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 Howard 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 nomination deadline is Aug. 7.2006

NAACP sponsors young-voter drive

The Howard County NAACP Youth Council is sponsoring an "Adopt-a-Block Program," focused on a get-out-the-vote campaign for young voters, this year.

A candidates forum is planned for July 22, and a health fair is scheduled for Aug. 26. Programs are also planned on education and economic empowerment.

Information: Bessie Bordenave, 301-490-7059.

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 ages 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. For a vendor packet: www.co.ho.md.us/OA/50+expo.htm.

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