Community Notes


October 25, 2006

Hear school board candidates tonight

The League of Women Voters of Howard County will present a forum for school board candidates, co-sponsored by the Association of Community Services, Commission for Women, PTA Council and the league, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. today in Room B-37 of the Applications and Research Laboratory, 10920 Route 108, Ellicott City.

The county executive and County Council forum, held Oct. 11 at Howard Community College, will be rebroadcast at 12:20 p.m. and 8 p.m. today, 12:30 p.m. tomorrow, 12:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. Friday, and 10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday on Gtv Channel 70.

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

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

NAACP convention to be held Friday

The 66th Annual Convention of the Maryland State NAACP Conference will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Friday and 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at the Radisson Hotel, 20 W. Baltimore St., Baltimore.

The theme is "Voting Our Values -- Valuing Our Votes."

Plenary sessions and workshops on HIV/AIDS, criminal justice, economic and voter empowerment, education, civil rights, membership and other topics are planned. Public officials and candidates will speak.

A Religious Affairs Luncheon is to be held at noon Friday.

Jenkins Odoms, NAACP state president and president of the Howard County NAACP branch, will preside over the opening plenary session and the business meeting that is to close the conference.

The cost is $40; $15 for youth and college students. The Friday luncheon costs $35; a Friday dinner costs $50 and a Saturday luncheon, $40. Students pay $25 for the Friday luncheon.

Information: 410-336-3300 or 410-663-3199.

Executive candidates forum scheduled

The Association of Chinese Americans -- Howard County Inc. is organizing a county executive candidates forum, to be held from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sunday in Room N220 of the Nursing Building at Howard Community College.

The Howard County Chinese School is the host; Chinese Language School of Columbia, Huaxing Language and Culture Center and Korean American Community Association of Howard County Inc. are sponsors.

Admission is free and open to everyone.

Master gardener training slated

Registration is open for the 2007 master gardener training, sponsored by the Maryland Cooperative Extension, Howard County office.

New and experienced gardeners are invited to register. Those with an interest in writing, graphics and computers, as well as gardening, are encouraged to apply. The deadline is Nov. 30.

The training will cover plant, insect and disease problems, and other topics related to sustainable and environmental impacts of gardening practices.

The training is scheduled from 9 a.m. to noon Mondays and Wednesdays, from Jan. 29 through March 28, at the Maryland Cooperative Extension office in Ellicott City. The cost is $150.

Since the master gardeners work to educate consumers, willingness to volunteer is essential.

Information or to request a registration packet: 410-313- 2707.

Wellness session set for parents

The Parent Resource Place of Jewish Family Services in Howard County is sponsoring the last session of a three-part series on wellness for parents, focused on the whole person.

"Transitions and Me" will be discussed from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. tomorrow at the federation offices, 8950 Route 108, Columbia.

The Parent Resource Place offers opportunities for parents to meet and discuss parenting, make friends and explore resources in the Jewish community. Programs include parent workshops, Shabbat circle, a drop-in "Child and Me" program, and childbirth preparation with a Jewish perspective.

Information: Helaine Brenner, 410-730-4976, Ext. 26.

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 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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