Community Notes


September 15, 2006

Final Elkhorn fest is set tomorrow The Owen Brown Community Association will hold its 33rd and final Lake Elkhorn Festival from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. tomorrow at Lake Elkhorn Park.

The Columbia Concert Band will play at 11 a.m. Singer Iris Hirsch will perform at 12:15 p.m. and Dean Turner will present a magic show at 1 p.m. The Kinderman is scheduled for 2 p.m.; a pet show (all animals welcome) for 3 p.m.; and Eyes of Alice, a teen band, will play at 4 p.m.

Bingo, games for children, a pet show, pony rides, an auction, arts and crafts, raffles, international food and drinks, a bake contest, big-wheel races, a German band, vendors and other treats are planned.

Admission is free.

Information: 410-381-0202.

Harriet Tubman Day to be held tomorrow

The Harriet Tubman Foundation of Howard County Inc. will sponsor Harriet Tubman Day 2006 tomorrow. 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.

Pedestrian facilities plan to be discussed

The Howard County Department of Planning and Zoning will hold a public meeting 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; click on "Departments," then on "Planning and Zoning," and "Transportation Planning." Comments are welcome.

The meeting will be held from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the Tyson Room of the George Howard Building, 3430 Court House Drive, Ellicott City, and will be part of the regularly scheduled Public Transportation Board meeting.

Information: Brian Muldoon, 410-313-4363.

Basket bingo slated tomorrow at fire hall

The Savage Volunteer Fire Company's Ladies Auxiliary will sponsor a basket bingo at 7 p.m. tomorrow at the Savage Volunteer 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.

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 noon tomorrow 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.

Benefit auction, meal set at Trinity School

The Mia Sutphin Foundation will hold its annual benefit auction and dinner from 4:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. tomorrow at Trinity School in Ellicott City.

The foundation's mission is to help children and families with medical, financial and emotional needs.

Italian cuisine, live entertainment and a silent auction are planned.

The nonprofit foundation was established in 2002 in memory of Mia Helene Sutphin, a 27-year-old Ellicott City nurse who died in 2003 while volunteering at an orphanage for HIV-positive children in Kenya.

Admission is $50.

Information: Debbie Derwart, 443-768-3556 or www.mia

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.

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