Community Notes

COMMUNITY NOTES

September 13, 2006

Harriet Tubman Day is set for Saturday

The Harriet Tubman Foundation of Howard County Inc. will sponsor Harriet Tubman Day on Saturday. 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 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.

Meetings to address plan for pedestrians

The Howard County Department of Planning and Zoning will hold public meetings tomorrow and Sept. 26 to discuss the draft of the Pedestrian Facilities Master Plan.

The plan is intended to create a framework for guiding and prioritizing pedestrian improvement made by the public and private sectors. Projects will be prioritized on the basis of safety, level of demand, engineering feasibility, cost and other factors.

The plan and a list of proposed locations for improvements are in the preliminary stage. The drafts can be found at www.co.ho.md.us; click on "Departments," then on "Planning and Zoning," and "Transportation Planning." Comments are welcome.

The meetings will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. tomorrow in the Tamar Room at Stonehouse, 8775 Cloudleap Court, Columbia; and from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 26 in the Tyson Room of the George Howard Building, 3430 Court House Drive, Ellicott City.

The latter meeting will be part of the regularly scheduled Public Transportation Board meeting.

Information: Brian Muldoon, 410-313-4363.

Basket bingo slated Saturday at fire hall

The Savage Volunteer Fire Company's Ladies Auxiliary will sponsor a basket bingo at 7 p.m. Saturday at the fire company hall, 8925 Lincoln St., Savage.

Admission is $15 in advance; $17 at the door (if available) and includes 20 games and door prizes. Seating is limited; children are welcome if they pay admission.

Jackpot games and raffles are also planned. Food will be for sale.

Information: 301-725-6409 or 301-604-2468.

Charity golf, tennis tourney planned

The Elite Sportsclub Network will hold a charity golf and tennis tournament Monday at Hobbit's Glen Golf Course in Columbia to benefit the Active Survivors Network, an organization offering support to survivors of catastrophic or long-term illness.

Information: www.esnclubs.com.

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.

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. Saturday at Oakland Mills High School in Columbia.

The event, which honors Oakland Mills resident David Hillen, who recently received his second 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 still to be determined.

Information: Karen Hillen, 410-964-1175.

Red Cross calling for blood donations

The Red Cross says blood donations have fallen to a state of near depletion and the community blood supply cannot meet the needs of hospitals. All blood types are needed.

Eligible donors are encouraged to call 800-GIVE-LIFE to schedule a blood donation immediately. 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 in Maryland) 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.

Stop-smoking sessions scheduled

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

The eight-week programs, which include free medication, 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.

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