Community Notes


October 13, 2006

Drive-through flu clinic Sunday

The Howard County Health Department will conduct a drive-through flu clinic from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday during the county's second Community Readiness Week. County Executive James N. Robey plans to receive the first vaccination.

The clinic will consist of three stations. At the first, information will be collected and consent forms signed; at the second, payment will be collected; at the third, medical professionals will administer the vaccine.

The FluMist nasal vaccine and traditional flu shots (for those ages 50 and older) will be available. The cost is $20 for a dose of vaccine. Through a partnership between state and federal agencies and Medimmune Inc., the vaccine's manufacturer, children ages 5 to 11 will be eligible to receive the FluMist at no cost.

The clinic will test the county's ability to provide mass immunizations in the event of an influenza or other pandemic. Motorists are asked to arrive no earlier than 11 a.m. Information: 410-313-6503 or

Fall festival in Oakland Mills

The Oakland Mills Community Association will hold its annual International Fall Festival from 11 am. to 4 p.m. tomorrow at Oakland Mills Village Center.

The Kinderman, the Rhythm Drum Circle, a 14-member Chinese Dragon and Lion Dance, Tres Amigos and other entertainment is planned. A display of foreign cars, handmade crafts, and representatives from local nonprofit groups will be on hand. Local congregations will sponsor a Red Cross Blood Drive at The Other Barn.

Information: 410-730-4610.

Workshop to focus on preparedness

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

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

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

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

Gala to benefit abuse victims

The Domestic Violence Center of Howard County will hold its Hope Gala at 6 p.m. tomorrow 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 among those waiting on tables and earning tips, which will be donated to the Domestic Violence Center.

Tickets are $150 each. Reservations are required. Information: 410-997-0304.

Candidate forums are scheduled

The League of Women Voters of Howard County, the Association of Community Services, the Commission for Women and other groups will co-sponsor two candidate forums.

A forum for state Senate and House candidates will be held from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday in Smith Theatre. The league, the Commission for Women and the Association of Community Services are sponsors.

A forum for school board candidates, co-sponsored by the community services group, the Commission for Women, the PTA Council and the league, will be held 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

Information: 410-312-6330.

Seniors can get emergency phones

Free 911-only cell phones are available for senior citizens. Recipients will be instructed in how to use them.

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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