Community Notes


December 01, 2006

Cold-weather shelter program under way

Grassroots' cold-weather shelter program has begun its fourth season. This year, 15 churches are hosts for the shelter for one or two weeks through March 25.

Last year, participating congregations provided shelter, meals, transportation, clothing, medicine and laundry services for 97 homeless Howard countians and families who were unable to get into the Grassroots shelter because it was full.

Participating congregations this year include Atholton Seventh-day Adventist Church, Gary Memorial United Methodist Church, Locust United Methodist Church, Columbia Community Church, Kittamaqundi Community Church, Christ Memorial Presbyterian Church, St. Paul's Catholic Church, Bethany United Methodist Church, Linden-Linthicum United Methodist Church, Glen Mar United Methodist Church, First Presbyterian Church of Howard County, Trinity Episcopal Church, Chapelgate Presbyterian Church, Cornerstone Community Church and St. John Baptist Church.

Grassroots provides the county's only shelter for homeless people and is headquarters for the county's Mobile Crisis Team, which responds to psychiatric emergencies and family crises.

Information: 410-531-6677 or 800-422-0009.

Literacy Fair slated tomorrow at college

The Howard County Literacy Fair - sponsored by the Association of Community Services, FIRN, Howard County schools, the county public library and Howard Community College - will be held from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. tomorrow in ELB 100, Howard Community College, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia.

Information will be available about programs and classes for those who depend on others to read or translate for them.

A magic show is planned from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Refreshments and giveaways are planned. Admission is free.

Information: Young-chan Han, 410-313-6667, Ext. 144.

Legislative Ministry forum is tomorrow

The Unitarian Universalist Legislative Ministry of Maryland will sponsor a program at Owen Brown Interfaith Center, "Becoming Effective Advocates in the Maryland Legislative Process," from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. tomorrow.

Michael E. Busch, speaker of the House of Delegates, and Dels. Elizabeth Bobo and Richard S. Madaleno Jr. are to speak and participate in a panel at 10:45 a.m.

Global warming, health care and equality in marriage are among the topics to be discussed during the day.

Admission is $15.

The interfaith center is at 7246 Cradlerock Way, Columbia.

Information: Maureen Harris, 410-353-5904 or

Arts mart is today at the Bain Center

The Bain Center, 5470 Ruth Keeton Way, Columbia, will hold its Winter Arts Market from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. today.

Artisans and vendors will offer mosaics, glass jewelry, pottery, scarves, ornaments, pictures, natural beauty products and other items for sale.

Admission is free.

Information: 410-313-7213.

Soroptimists seeking award nominees

Soroptimist of Howard County, a chapter of the international volunteer service organization, is seeking nominations for the Violet Richardson Award, which recognizes a young woman, ages 14 to 17, who volunteers in her school or community.

Applications, which are due by Jan. 3, are available from school counselors or from Eileen Singleton, 410-461-5486. The winner will receive $200 and an additional $300 to go to a charity of her choice.

The winning application will be entered into the Soroptimist South Atlantic Region competition.

Applications are also being sought for the Woman's Opportunity Award, which helps women who are heads of households and must work to support their families. Applicants must show financial need, be enrolled in a vocational or undergraduate degree program and be motivated to succeed.

The winner of the local competition will receive $1,250; regional awards are $3,000 and $5,000. Applications are due by Jan. 15.

Information: 410-461-5922, or write to Soroptimist of Howard County, 8321 Main St., P.M.B. 101, Ellicott City 21043.

Soroptimist of Howard County meets on the third Thursday of each month.

Information: Karen Trennepohl, 410-750-9413.

Food donations asked for Christmas party

Congregation Concerned for the Homeless is seeking donations of prepared foods for its Christmas party, to be held at 6 p.m. today at Wilde Lake Interfaith Center, 10431 Twin Rivers Road, Columbia.

The party is for 11 families making the transition out of homelessness.

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. Monday at Department of 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.

Support group for caregivers to meet

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 cost is $15 a person; $22.50 a couple.

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

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