Community Notes

COMMUNITY NOTES

December 17, 2006

Drug coverage help available at center

The Howard County Office on Aging's Senior Health Insurance Assistance Program will help seniors research, choose and enroll in prescription drug coverage from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Dec. 28 at the Bain Center, 5470 Ruth Keeton Way, Columbia.

Counselors are also available weekdays.

The annual open enrollment for Medicare Prescription Drug Coverage, Part D, will end Dec. 31.

Information or to schedule an appointment: 410-313-7392.

Oriole Mora due at Howard High

Oriole Melvin Mora will be at Howard High School in Ellicott City from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday to sign autographs and thank contributors of sports equipment and clothing for children in his native Venezuela.

The school's baseball teams have been helping Mora collect new and used baseball and softball equipment, soccer balls and shoes, T-shirts, hats and other items for a second year. Mora will send the items to Venezuela through the Melvin Mora Foundation.

Information: Rich Jenkins, 410-707-6387.

King breakfast to be held Jan. 7

The Alpha Foundation of Howard County Inc. will hold its 32nd Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Breakfast to celebrate King's vision and legacy. The breakfast is to be held Jan. 7 at Martin's West.

Darryl R. Matthews Sr., the fraternity's general president, will speak.

The theme will be "Reviving the Dream: What Would Martin Want Us to Do?"

Tickets are $37, and $23 for children to age 12. Proceeds will help fund scholarships, leadership development and mentoring programs for African-American students in Howard County.

Information: Harvey Moran, 410-992-7459.

Drug court grads to be honored

Seven new graduates of the Howard County District Court's DUI/Drug Treatment Court program will be honored at a graduation ceremony at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday in Courtroom 5 of the District Court Multiservice Building in Ellicott City.

The group is the fourth to graduate from the Howard County program.

County Executive Ken Ulman and a drug treatment court graduate will speak.

Luggage donations for youths sought

The Howard County Board of Social Services is seeking donations of luggage for foster children to use when they move from one placement to another.

The children are sometimes forced to pack their belongings in plastic trash bags, according to a statement by Jeffrey Levitt, chairman of the Howard County Social Services Board, quoted in a news release. The board is spearheading the luggage drive, which is focused on the goal of affording dignity to the children despite their difficult circumstances.

Luggage can be left at Department of Social Services, 7121 Columbia Gateway Drive, Columbia, through Friday. Donations will be accepted between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. weekdays.

Information: 410-872-8700, Ext. 8261.

Marine Corps League is collecting toys

The Howard County Marine Corps League is collecting new unwrapped toys for the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation's national program. Local businesses are participating.

Collection boxes have been placed at the four county branches of Provident Bank.

Information: Bill Pastino, 410-336-9039.

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.

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.

Service group seeks nominees for award

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, age 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 also are 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.

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