Community Notes


October 11, 2006

Hope Gala to benefit abuse victims

The Domestic Violence Center of Howard County will hold its Hope Gala 6 p.m. Saturday at the Kossiakoff Center at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory in North Laurel.

Columbia philanthropist Yolanda Bruno, a founder of the Women's Giving Circle and an advocate for women and girls in Howard County, is the honoree.

County Executive James N. Robey and candidates for public office will be waiting tables and earning tips, which will be donated to the Domestic Violence Center (to be donated to the Domestic Violence Center).

Admission is $150.

Reservations are required. Information: 410-997-0304.

Program focuses on teen dating

A program for parents and teens on teen relationships, "Crushes, Going Out and Pressures to be Sexy: Teens and Parents Talk," will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. today at the Miller branch library, 9421 Frederick Road, Ellicott City.

Parents and teens, ages 11-15, will meet separately and together. Laura Smit of the Howard County Coalition for Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention will lead the discussion. Admission is free and dinner is included.

Registration is requested. Information: 410-313-1950.

Genealogical Society to sponsor talk

The Howard County Genealogical Society will sponsor a talk by Ross Kelbaugh, "Guide to the Identification and Care of Family Photographs," at 7:30 p.m. today at the Ellicott City Senior Center, 9401 Frederick Road, Ellicott City.

Those who attend are welcome to bring old photographs to be evaluated. Admission is free and open to everyone.

Information: 410-203-9386.

Workshop to focus on preparedness

In conjunction with Howard County's Community Readiness Week activities, volunteers from CERN (Community Emergency Response Network) will present "Neighbor to Neighbor" workshops at 7 p.m. Tuesday and Oct. 18 at Historic Oakland, 5430 Vantage Point Road, Columbia.

The workshops are to encourage communication within families and neighborhoods to prepare families and communities to be self-reliant for three days after a disaster or emergency.

Participants will learn how to "shelter-in-place" without assistance from local government or emergency personnel. Refreshments will be served.

Registration is encouraged. Information: 410-730-4744.

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. today in Smith Theatre, Howard Community College. The Howard County Citizens Association and the Ellicott City Restoration Foundation are co-sponsors.

A forum for state Senate and House of Delegates candidates 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: www.columbia

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

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.

Howard County Seniors and Law Enforcement Together - TRIAD sponsors the project.

Information: 410-313-4784.

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