Community Notes


October 06, 2006

Voter registration to be held Tuesday

The Arc of Howard County, in partnership with the Howard County Department of Citizen Services, will sponsor voter registration from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday at the Department of Citizen Services, 6751 Columbia Gateway Drive, Columbia.

Volunteers will be on hand to help people register to vote.

Information or directions: 410-313-6410.

School board candidates forum

Howard County Chinese School, Huaxing Chinese Language and Culture Center in Columbia and the Korean American Community Association of Howard County will sponsor a forum for Board of Education candidates and voter registration from 1:45 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. Sunday in the cafeteria at Howard High School, 8700 Old Annapolis Road, Ellicott City.

Chinese Language School of Columbia is the host.

Each candidate will have a few minutes to speak, and all the candidates will answer questions.

The forum is being organized by the Association of Chinese Americans -- Howard County. Everyone is welcome.

Information: 410-461-5146, or

PFLAG holding candidates forum

The Howard County chapter of PFLAG (Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) will hold a candidates night at its next general meeting, to be held at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Owen Brown Interfaith Center, 7246 Cradlerock Way, Columbia.

Those seeking elected local offices will have an opportunity to discuss issues of concern to the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community, their families and friends.

The Howard County League of Women Voters will provide moderators for the forum, which, because of limited time, will include only candidates for the state Senate and House of Delegates. Candidates from all political parties have been invited.

Information: Colette Roberts, 410-290-8292.

Hear candidates at three forums

The League of Women Voters of Howard County will co-sponsor three candidates forums with the Association of Community Services (ACS), the Commission for Women and other groups.

Candidates for county executive and County Council will speak from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Oct. 11 in Smith Theatre, Howard Community College. The Howard County Citizens Association and the Ellicott City Restoration Foundation are co-sponsors.

A forum for the offices of state senator and delegate is planned from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Oct. 18 in Smith Theatre. The league, the Commission for Women and ACS are sponsors.

A forum for school board candidates, co-sponsored by ACS, Commission for Women, the PTA Council and the league, is planned from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Oct. 25 in Room B-37 of the Applications and Research Laboratory, 10920 Route 108, Ellicott City.

For the league's Voters' Guide: Information about human service issues:, or 410-796- 7824.

Lake-dredging information on Web

The Columbia Association's Open Space Management Division has placed its presentation on dredging projects at Lake Kittamaqundi and Lake Elkhorn on the association's Web site:

The presentations cover lake conditions, goals, an evaluation of options, how restoration will be approached and questions and answers.

Information: 410-312-6330.

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 senior centers. The phones will be reconditioned and distributed to senior citizens.

The project is sponsored by Howard County Seniors and Law Enforcement Together -- TRIAD.

Information: 410-313-4784.

Red Cross calls for blood donations

The Red Cross says blood donations have fallen, supplies are nearly depleted and 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 in January at the Howard County Health Department, 7178 Columbia Gateway Drive, Columbia. Registration is required.

Information or registration: 410-313-6268, or Or 800-QUIT-NOW and

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