Community Notes

COMMUNITY NOTES

August 06, 2006

League holding candidates forum

The League of Women Voters will hold a public forum for candidates in contested primary election races for county executive and County Council from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday in the Tyson Room of the George Howard Building, 3430 Court House Drive, Ellicott City. The forum will be broadcast on Gtv 70.

The public is encouraged to attend.

The forum is sponsored by the league's Education Fund, and league members will be moderators. The forum will be rebroadcast at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday through Aug. 14; and at 8 p.m. Wednesday, 9 p.m. Aug. 11 and 10 p.m. Aug. 12 and 13.

A forum for state senators and delegates will be held from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Aug. 15; for state's attorney and Circuit Court judges, on Aug. 22. The forums will be broadcast live from the George Howard Building.

A forum for Board of Education candidates will be held from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Aug. 29 in Room B37 at the Applications and Research Lab, 10920 Route 108, Ellicott City.

Information: Barbara Russell: 410-730-4024.

Library branches to extend hours

Howard County Library branches will extend their hours, beginning Aug. 28. The new hours will be 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday; and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

The central library and the Miller branch library in Ellicott City will maintain regular Sunday hours during the summer; the east Columbia, Elkridge, Savage and Glenwood branches will be closed Sundays from the third week in June through Labor Day.

Information: www.hclibrary .org.

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.

Low-income taxpayers can get free help

Low-income taxpayers can receive free assistance in disputes with the Internal Revenue Service or in filing back taxes from the Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service.

Volunteers will help negotiate a payment plan, resolve disputes over the Earned Income Tax Credit and prepare back tax returns.

The service is available all year.

Information: 410-539-6800.

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 programs addressing one of four designated impact areas: basic needs, family safety, school readiness and youth achieving potential.

Organizations may submit one proposal for each impact area.

Proposals should be submitted by Aug. 25.

Information: www.uwcm.org.

Volunteer-awards nomination deadline

Tomorrow is the nominations deadline for Howard County's 2006 Volunteer of the Year awards.

For forms: 410-313-2022, or www.co.ho.md.us.

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