Candidates forum to be held Tuesday League of Women...

EDUCATION NOTES

August 27, 2006

Candidates forum to be held Tuesday

League of Women Voters and the PTA Council will hold a public forum for Board of Education candidates running in the primary from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the Applications and Research Laboratory, Room B37, 10920 Route 108, Ellicott City. The public is welcome.

The forum will be rebroadcast on Channel 72 at 10 a.m., 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. Wednesday; 2 p.m. and 9 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m., 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. Sept. 6; and 2 p.m. and 9 p.m. Sept. 9.

The League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan political organization, encourages informed and active participation in government.

Information: Barbara Russell, 410-730-4024.

Autism fundraiser set for Wednesday

The Melting Pot restaurant, 10451 Twin Rivers Road, Columbia, will be host for a fundraiser for the Cure Autism Now Foundation from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday.

Food, drinks, networking, raffles and a silent auction are planned. The event is intended as a warm-up for CAN's nationwide WALK NOW campaign; a walk will be held in Washington on Oct. 21.

CAN, founded in 1995, is an organization of parents, clinicians and scientists committed to research, education and outreach efforts to prevent and cure the disorder.

Information: Kristen Mullaney, 443-831-0387.

School board panel seeks new members

The Citizens Advisory Committee to the Board of Education is seeking new members for this school year.

The state-chartered residents group reviews school system policies and practices and makes recommendations to the Board of Education.

Members meet monthly and may also participate in school staff committees and in online discussions. People representing all segments of the community, whether or not they have children in school, are encouraged to participate.

Meetings, which are open to the public, are usually held at 7:30 p.m. on the third Tuesday of each month at the Department of Education in Ellicott City.

Information: 410-313-6682 or www.citizensadvisorycommitt ee.info.

Session set for child care providers

Maryland Public Television invites grandparents, friends and relatives who care for children in the home to a free program, "Grow Right Grow Bright," that provides informal child care providers with information about health, safety and child development.

The interactive program, which will include information about sudden infant death syndrome, lead poisoning and asthma, will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday at the central library, 10375 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia.

Participants can take home a free tote bag filled with educational materials, storybooks and videos. Refreshments will be served.

Information or registration: 866-440-0010.

School-supplies drive being held at mall

The Mall in Columbia is holding a school-supplies drive for children in Howard County schools.

The drive, which will continue until Labor Day, is collecting supplies in a box outside Guest Services on the lower level of the mall, near Lord & Taylor department store.

Supplies for children in kindergarten through 12th grade are needed.

Information: 410-730-3300, Ext. 3.

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