Community Notes


November 03, 2006

Heart Walk scheduled to be held tomorrow

The Howard County Heart Walk, to benefit the American Heart Association, will be held at 9 a.m. tomorrow at Centennial Park, off Route 108 in Ellicott City. Registration is scheduled for 8:15 a.m.

A 3K and a 5K walk are planned. Individuals and teams can walk; walkers are encouraged to ask friends, colleagues and neighbors to sponsor them, and prizes will be awarded.

A Kids Zone, music, food and information about wellness will be available.

Information: www.heart county.

Voter assistance hot line available

The Election Protection coalition, a nonpartisan effort led by the People For the American Way Foundation (a nonprofit organization), the NAACP and the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law and other groups, is offering a national voter-assistance hot line (866-OUR-VOTE) staffed by volunteer operators and a poll-location Web site (www. MyPolling

Call center operators will offer help with problems such as voter identification requirements, provisional ballots, voting machine malfunctions, voter intimidation and other issues.

Candidate forums being rebroadcast

The League of Women Voters of Howard County Inc. has arranged to have candidates forums rebroadcast on Gtv Channel 70 and HCC Channel 71.

A candidates forum for the General Assembly (state Senate and House of Delegates), held Oct. 18, will be rebroadcast at 9 p.m. today on Gtv Channel 70.

A forum for Board of Education candidates, held Oct. 25, will be rebroadcast at 7 a.m., 2 p.m. and 9 p.m. tomorrow; 3 p.m. Sunday; and 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. Monday.

Voter guides, which include information on all candidates appearing on the ballot in Howard County and information on all the Ballot Questions, have been distributed to libraries, senior center and community centers. An online version is available at

A new National League Web site with election regulations for 50 states and a national polling place locator is available at

Information: 410-730-0142.

Master gardener training planned

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.

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.

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

Information : 410-313-2707.

Residents invited to talks on planning

General Growth Properties and Howard Community College are presenting "Voices of Vision," talks and discussions with experts on effective urban planning and design, and their impact on quality of life.

Residents are invited to participate in open forums on topics that relate to the future of Columbia and Howard County.

Ann Forsyth, author of Reforming Suburbia: The Planned Communities of Irvine, Columbia and The Woodlands, will speak at 7 p.m. Nov. 16 at Smith Theatre, Howard Community College, Columbia. Admission is free, but registration is requested. 877-311-2944.

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