Community Notes


July 16, 2006

League to hold candidates forum

The League of Women Voters will hold a public forum for candidates running in contested primary election races for congressional Districts 3 and 7 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday in the Banneker Room of the George Howard Building 3430 Court House Drive, Ellicott City.

The forum, for which the league will provide a moderator, will be broadcast on Gtv 70.

The league will also sponsor forums for primary candidates for the office of county executive and seats on the County Council from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Aug. 8; for state senators and delegates, on Aug. 15; for state's attorney and circuit court judges on Aug. 22. All will be held in the George Howard Building and televised on Gtv.

A forum for Board of Education candidates will be held from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Aug. 29 in Boardroom A at the Department of Education, 10910 Route 108, Ellicott City. It will be televised on Channel 72.

The public is encouraged to attend; there will be an opportunity to ask questions.

Information: 410-730-4024.

Meet the candidates Saturday in Columbia

The Howard County NAACP Youth Council will sponsor a Meet the Candidates event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Guilford Gardens Apartments, 7333 Oakland Mills Road, Columbia. There will be an opportunity to ask questions.

A health fair is scheduled for Aug. 26. Programs are also planned on education and economic empowerment.

Admission is free.

Information: Sonja Jones, 410-948-3282, or winged

Grant to fund philanthropy study

The Columbia Foundation has received a $10,000 grant from the Horizon Foundation to commission a study of ways to encourage individuals and families in the county to leave a portion of their estates to local nonprofit organizations.

Jean Moon & Associates, which in 2005 completed "Portrait of Philanthropy: The Capacity for Individual Giving in Howard County," will conduct the study, and The Columbia Foundation will develop strategies that nonprofit organizations can adopt to encourage bequests.

Since its founding in 1969, the Columbia Foundation has awarded nearly $8 million in grants to Howard County organizations delivering human services and educational, civic, arts and cultural programs.

Money for the grants come primarily from income generated by the foundation's endowment, which is supported by more than 180 funds established by Howard County businesses, families and individuals.

Information: 410-730-7840 or to read Portrait of Philanthropy.

`Building Green' tour and talk set

The Howard County Citizens Association will sponsor a tour of the nonprofit Green Building Institute in Jessup and a discussion of "Building Green," at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the institute, 7761 Waterloo Road, Jessup.

The event is open to the public.

Information: Ray Cole, 443-283-3967, or www.

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 COPE, 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.

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 years old (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.

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.

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

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