Community Notes


August 04, 2006

Blood donations fall to critical level

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.

All blood types are needed, but an inventory that is less than safe of blood types O and B is being reported. Type O blood can be used for more patients than any other type. Type B blood, prevalent in the region, according to the Red Cross, is needed for local patients.

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. Each blood donation can help save up to three lives, the Red Cross says.

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.

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

Community Yard Sale at YMCA on Aug. 26

The Howard County Family YMCA will hold its Community Yard Sale from 8 a.m. to noon Aug. 26 on the Y's front lawn, 4331 Montgomery Road, Ellicott City.

Vendors are needed.

Information: Dawn Crystal, 410-465-4334.

SPRING to hold its Weekend Away

SPRING (Senior Peer Resources, Individuals, Networks and Groups) will hold its 20th Weekend Away from Aug. 26 to 29 at Skycroft Conference Center in Middletown.

The theme will be "Possibilities: Doorways to Living Later in Life."

The retreat includes food, accommodations, music, mini dinner-theater experiences, discussions and a supportive environment. Optional workshops are planned on themes such as humor, health, reaching 100, using our gifts and sharing what we've always wanted to do.

The cost is $285 for double occupancy. A limited number of single rooms are available for $325. A $75 deposit is requested to hold reservations.

Participants can register at the Bain Center, 5470 Ruth Keeton Way, Columbia, or Ellicott City Senior Center, 9401 Frederick Road.

Information: Karen Hull, 410-313-7466.

United Way taking funding proposals

United Way of Central Maryland is accepting proposals from health and human service-related nonprofit organizations for funding for programs addressing one of four designated impact areas: basic needs, family safety, school readiness, and youth achieving potential.

Organizations can submit one proposal for each impact area. Proposals should be submitted by Aug. 25.


Volunteer-awards nomination deadline

Monday is the deadline to nominate local volunteers for Howard County's 2006 Volunteer of the Year awards.

Nominees, which can be individuals, community groups, or businesses, must live or be based in Howard County, or do their volunteer work here. The work should have a significant impact on the community or on an individual.

The nominees will be recognized at a ceremony with county officials at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 14 in the Banneker Room of the George Howard Building, in Ellicott City. 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. on Nov. 2 in Baltimore.

Nomination forms are available through the Howard County public information office, 410-313-2022, or online at

NFL referee to speak at community college

National Football League referee and Glenwood resident Terry McAulay will describe his experiences in the NFL at a luncheon to help raise scholarship funds for Howard Community College students from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday.

The event, co-sponsored by the Columbia Town Center Rotary, will be held in the Kittleman Room of the college's English, Languages and Business Building (ELB-100), 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia.

The cost is $75, including lunch. Reservations are requested by Monday.

Information or reservations: 410-772-4147.

Register to vote at library branches

The League of Women voters of Howard County, in partnership with the Howard County Library, is offering several more opportunities to register to vote at all six county library branches.

Registration will be held at all branches from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday; and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 12.

The league, a nonpartisan political organization, encourages informed and active participation in government.

Information: Barbara Russell, 410-730-4024.

Meet `Sherlock' at the library

The Elkridge library, 6540 Washington Blvd., Elkridge, will offer children ages 8 to 10 a chance to meet "Sherlock Holmes," who will share his adventures and reveal secrets about his toughest cases, at 4 p.m. tomorrow.

Members of the of the local Sherlock Holmes society, Watson's Tin Box, will impersonate Holmes.

Registration is requested.

Information: 410-313-5085.

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