Community Notes

COMMUNITY NOTES

November 15, 2006

`Vision' series slates author Ann Forsyth

General Growth Properties and Howard Community College will present Ann Forsyth, director of the Metropolitan Design Center at the University of Minnesota, as the second speaker in their Voices of Vision lecture series.

Forsyth, who holds appointments in the university's architecture and landscape architecture departments, specializes in the social aspects of urban design and development.

Forsyth, who is author of Reforming Suburbia: The Planned Communities of Irvine, Columbia and The Woodlands, will speak at 7 p.m. tomorrow at Howard Community College's Smith Theatre, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia.

Information: www.columbia towncenter.info. To reserve a place: 877-311-2944.

Columbia program seeks teenagers

The Columbia Association is seeking high school students with an interest in exploration, creativity and community service to participate in a Teen Vision Program.

The program's goal is to encourage teenagers to expand their understanding of Columbia's vision and structure, and as a team, develop a book, digital video disc or compact disc to educate other teens about the planned community.

Information: Carol Wasser, 410-715-5523.

Pedestrian plan released by county

Howard County Executive James N. Robey has announced the release of the Howard County Pedestrian Master Plan, prepared by the county's Department of Planning and Zoning with contributions from residents and state and local public agencies.

The plan identifies more than 160 locations in the county where sidewalks, crosswalks, curbs and other amenities are needed. The purpose of the plan is to guide the development of pedestrian improvements by the public and private sectors. Potential projects have been prioritized on the basis of safety, demand, engineering feasibility, cost and other factors.

To see the Pedestrian Master Plan map and a list of proposed improvement locations: www. co.ho.md.us/planning. Printed copies will be available this month.

Information or to submit comments: Brian Muldoon, 410- 313-4363, or bmuldoon@co. ho.md.us.

VFW packing parcels for GIs overseas

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. today 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 and Boy Scout Troops, members of the community, Maryland for the Military and local merchants.

Information: Sandi Kriebel, 410-750-3941.

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