Community Notes

COMMUNITY NOTES

September 22, 2006

Event to celebrate farming in county

Howard County's third Farm-City Celebration begins with Farm Heritage Days from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. tomorrow and Sunday at the Living Heritage Farm Museum, 12985 Frederick Road, West Friendship. The celebration runs through Oct. 8.

Admission is free and includes activities, demonstrations, crafts and live entertainment.

A farmers' market will be held at the Glenwood library, a Farm-City celebration that includes a Volksmarch is planned at Clark's Elioak Farm, and the $40,000 Columbia Classic Grand Prix equestrian competition will be held at Howard Community College.

Howard County Executive James N. Robey will exchange jobs with a farmer, Bob Manfuso of Chanceland Farm, on Tuesday and join Maryland Secretary of Agriculture Lewis R. Riley for a "Job Exchange Luncheon" at the Living Heritage Farm Museum.

A passport program, to encourage participants to attend events where they will receive a sticker or stamp, is new this year. Visitors must attend at least four events to be entered into a grand-prize drawing.

Events include open houses, farmers' markets, a ride by the Iron-Bridge Hounds and other attractions. Six county farms will open their doors to visitors.

Information or for a complete schedule: 410-313-6500, or www.farmheritage.org.

Education Round-Up is set for tomorrow

The Howard County NAACP Youth Council will sponsor an Education Round-Up, with speakers, presentations, games, prizes and free school supplies, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. tomorrow at Guilford Garden Apartments, 7333 Oakland Mills Road, Columbia.

The event is part of the council's Adopt-A-Block program.

Information: Bessie Bordenave, 301-490-7059.

County executive candidates forum

The Pan Hellenic Council of Howard County will present a conversation with candidates for Howard County executive from 10 a.m. to noon tomorrow at St. John Baptist Church, 8910 Old Annapolis Road (Route 108), Ellicott City.

Information: 410-992-6977.

Pedestrian facilities plan to be discussed

The Howard County Department of Planning and Zoning will hold the last in a series of public meetings to discuss the preliminary draft of the Pedestrian Facilities Master Plan.

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

The plan is intended to create a framework for guiding and setting priorities for pedestrian improvement made by the public and private sectors, looking at 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.

Information: Brian Muldoon, 410-313-4363.

Seniors can get emergency phones

Free 911-only cell phones are available for senior citizens. Each recipient will be instructed in using the device.

Used cell phones and chargers can be donated at local senior centers. The phones will be reconditioned and distributed to seniors.

The project is sponsored by Howard County S.A.L.T. (Seniors and Law Enforcement Together - TRIAD).

Information: 410-313-4784.

Church yard sale to benefit scouts

St. James United Methodist Church, 12470 Old Frederick Road, West Friendship, will hold a Huge Yard Sale to raise funds for an adventure outing for Boy Scout Troop 555 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. tomorrow, rain or shine.

Information: 410-442-2020.

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.

Red Cross calls for blood donations

The Red Cross says blood donations are nearly depleted, 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-QUIT-NOW and www.smokingstopshere.com.

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