Community Notes


November 26, 2006

Volunteers sought to help with party

Congregation Concerned for the Homeless is seeking volunteers to help with its Christmas party, to be held at 6 p.m. Friday at Wilde Lake Interfaith Center, 10431 Twin Rivers Road, Columbia.

The party is for 11 families making the transition out of homelessness. Volunteers are needed to help set up, supervise children's activities and dress as Santa and his elves.

Information: Rachel Bradley, 410-884-5408, Ext. 4.

Sierra Club to hold like-new gift swap

The Howard County Sierra Club will hold a Gift Swap & Recycle event for buying, selling and trading unwanted gifts and other like-new items that can be put to good use, at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 4 at Recreation and Parks Headquarters, 7120 Oakland Mills Road, Columbia.

Admission is free to sellers and buyers. Sellers should call 410-379-1075 before the event.

Caregivers support group to meet Dec. 4

Jewish Family Services in Howard County offers a support group for adults who are caring for an elderly family member or friend. The group meets from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. on the first Monday of each month at the federation's offices, 8950 Route 108, Suite 115, Columbia.

The next meeting will be held Dec. 4. The cost is $15 a person; $22.50 a couple.

Information or registration: Liz Schoen, 410-730-4976, Ext. 25, or e-mail,

Comments sought on bus service

The Howard County Public Transportation Board is inviting public comment on changes in bus service. Its next meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Tyson Room of the George Howard Building, 3430 Court House Drive, Ellicott City.

The changes, which are to be implemented in March, eliminate less-used or redundant route segments and restructure services to offer shorter waiting times, earlier morning and later evening hours, and service to new destinations.

Those unable to attend the meeting can submit written comments to the Public Transportation Board, c/o Corridor Transportation Corp., 312 Marshall Ave., Suite 104, Laurel 20207.

Information: 800-270-9553, or

Hospital auxiliary book sale is Dec. 5-7

The Howard County General Hospital Volunteer Auxiliary will sponsor a book sale from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 5-7 in the main lobby of the hospital, 5755 Cedar Lane, Columbia.

Proceeds will benefit the hospital's expansion program.

Information: 410-312-9140.

Holiday luncheon to be held Dec. 7

The Howard County Department of Citizen Services' Office on Aging will sponsor its SPRING holiday luncheon from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Dec. 7 at Turf Valley Conference Center, 2700 Turf Valley Road, Ellicott City.

Entertainment will be provided by Larry Scott, and the Martin Cohn SPRING Volunteer of the Year Award will be presented to a SPRING volunteer.

The cost is $22. Registration deadline is tomorrow. Information: Elaine Widom, 410-313-7283.

SPRING is an acronym for Senior Peer Resources, Individuals, Networks and Groups.

Nominations sought for women's award

Soroptimist of Howard County is seeking nominations for the 2006 Making a Difference for Women Award, which honors women who are making a difference in the lives of women and girls and inspiring other women to do the same.

The winner of the $250 club-level award will compete at the regional ($500) and federation ($5,000) levels of the Soroptimist organization. The finalist should be available to accept the award in person.

Nominations are due by Friday. Information: Pat Wagner, 410-319-0664.

Recycle: Donate leaves and grass

Howard County residents are invited to recycle leaves and grass by donating them to others who will use the materials for composting.

The Howard County Master Gardeners program will match rakers - residents willing to rake and bag their leaves and grass - with takers - those who want leaves and grass for composting.

Bags should not exceed 20 pounds. Leaves or grass from lawns that have had chemical treatments such as insecticides, herbicides or fungicides cannot be accepted.

Registration: Barbara Dawson, 410-730-2124.

Plan pinpoints spots for curbs, sidewalks

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. Printed copies are to be available soon.

Information or comments: Brian Muldoon, 410-313-4363 or

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