Community Notes

COMMUNITY NOTES

September 06, 2006

Success in Style benefit is Sept. 30

Success in Style, a nonprofit organization that provides free business attire, advice and support to women in crisis who are entering the work force, will hold its annual benefit, a black-tie Masquerade Ball, from 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Sept. 30 at Historic Oakland, 5430 Vantage Point Road, Columbia.

Live music, dancing, mystery celebrity guests, roving musicians, a prize wheel, a raffle for a plasma television set and an auction for a vacation in France are planned. Fine wine and cuisine will be included, and guests receive masquerade masks.

Tickets are $200 a person.

Information or reservations: 410-750-6475.

Muslim Council plans food drive, picnic

The Howard County Muslim Council, a nonprofit group focused on the well-being of Howard County residents, will hold its fifth food drive and picnic at 1 p.m. Sunday at Meadowbrook Park, 5001 Meadowbrook Lane, Ellicott City.

Food, games and activities are planned. Donations of nonperishable food items are needed.

Stop-smoking classes start today

In support of the new Howard County smoking ban, the Health Department's Tobacco Control Program will offer free smoking-cessation classes, open to anyone who lives or works in the county.

The eight-week program, which includes free medication, will be held from noon to 1 p.m. or 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesdays, starting today.

The program will be held at the Howard County Health Department, 7178 Columbia Gateway Drive, Columbia.

Registration is required.

Information or registration: 410-313-6268.or www.hchealth. org. Or 800-QUITNOW and www.smokingstopshere.com.

Harriet Tubman Day is set for Sept. 16

The Harriet Tubman Foundation of Howard County Inc. will sponsor Harriet Tubman Day 2006 Sept. 16. The focus of this year's event will be "Honoring Our Parents."

Parents will be recognized for providing words of encouragement to help their children strive for excellence. Also honored will be the Harriet Tubman Class of 1956, which is celebrating its 50th class reunion.

The event will be held from noon to 5 p.m. at Atholton High School, 6520 Freetown Road, Columbia. The rain date is Sept. 30.

The community is invited to share in the celebration. Family activities and refreshments are planned.

Information: Howard Lyles, 410-988-9701.

Donate Life walk and run to be held

The second Donate Life 5K Walk and Run to benefit the National Transplant Assistance Fund will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Sept. 16 at Oakland Mills High School in Columbia.

The event, which honors Oakland Mills resident David Hillen, who recently received a liver transplant, is sponsored by the Oakland Mills High School PTSA and local businesses.

The cost is $15 in advance; $17 at the gate.

Saturday Night Out, an afternoon and evening fundraiser for the transplant-assistance fund that also honors Hillen, has been postponed; a date is to be determined.

Information: Karen Hillen, 410-964-1175.

Bird club planning a walk Saturday

A beginner bird walk will be held at 8 a.m. Sunday at the Howard County Conservancy at Mount Pleasant Farm, 10520 Old Frederick Road, Woodstock.

The walk is sponsored by the Howard County Bird Club. Participants will learn bird-identification tips and be given advice about binoculars and field guides.

Information: 410 461-3361.

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