Community Notes

COMMUNITY NOTES

November 10, 2006

VFW to prepare military care packs

The Yingling-Ridgely Veterans of Foreign Wars and its Ladies Auxiliary will pack military holiday care packages for soldiers, sailors and Marines stationed in Iraq and Afghanistan at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the VFW Post, 4225 VFW Lane, Ellicott City.

The packages will be filled with Christmas and personal items, decorations, food, games, drinks, calling cards and snacks. The items have been collected from VFW and Auxiliary members, senior centers, Girl Scout and Boy Scout troops, members of the community, Maryland for the Military and local merchants.

To donate items or participate in packing them, or to suggest names of military personnel who should receive packages: Sandi Kriebel, 410-750-3941.

County offices, courts closed today

Howard County government offices, courts, animal shelter and libraries will be closed today in observance of the Veterans Day holiday.

The landfill is open, and regular trash and recycling services are in effect. Parking meters must be fed.

County offices will reopen at regular business hours Monday. The 911 Center, police and fire departments are staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

MADD chapter plans bingo night

The Howard County chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) will hold basket bingo at 7 p.m. tomorrow at the Lodge, 2832 Nine Mile Circle, Catonsville.

Prizes are Longaberger baskets filled with useful items. Raffles, door prizes and refreshments are planned. Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets - $15 in advance, $18 at the door - include 20 games.

Information or to reserve tickets: 410-465-5757, or e-mail, admin@maddhowardcounty. org. Reserved tickets can be picked up at the door.

Grassroots moving during construction

Grassroots Crisis Intervention Center will relocate its program and services while its new facility is built. Construction, to begin shortly, is expected to be completed in a year.

The shelter programs will move to a two-story cottage at the site of Taylor Manor in Ellicott City, where Sheppard Pratt Hospital operates. Grassroots' crisis intervention programs will operate from a county-owned house on Vollmerhausen Road. The move is planned for the middle of this month.

Grassroots' mailing address (6700 Freetown Road, Columbia 21044) and phone numbers (hot line: 410-531-6677 or 800-422-0009; business: 410-531-6006) will remain the same.

Direct access to the shelter programs will be through a new number that is not active, but callers will be referred to the shelter programs through the old numbers. The old facility will be demolished this month.

Call the numbers above for directions to Grassroots' temporary locations.

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. The deadline is Nov. 30.

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.

Information : 410-313-2707.

`Columbia Matters' seeks new host

Columbia Matters, the Columbia Association's television program, is seeking a new host for 2007.

Current host Barbara Kellner, manager of the Columbia Archives, will continue the "Explore Columbia" segment of the program; her duties at the archives will prevent her from continuing as host for the entire program.

Candidates should communicate, plan, organize and write well. Previous television, acting or reporting experience is helpful. The volunteer position will require about 10 hours a month.

Those interested should send a cover letter, resume and photograph to Columbia Matters TV program, c/o The Columbia Association, 10221 Wincopin Circle, Suite 100, Columbia 21044.

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