Community Notes


January 17, 2007

Women's history essay contest set

The Howard County Commission for Women will sponsor an essay contest in honor of Women's History Month, celebrated in March. The contest, focused on the theme "Generations of Women Moving History Forward," is open to Howard County students in grades six to 12.

The essay subject should be a contemporary or historical American woman and her ability to overcome obstacles, encourage dreams and bring communities together. The deadline for submissions is Feb. 7.

Winners will be invited to read their essays at the Women's Hall of Fame induction ceremony, to be held at 7:30 p.m. March 15 in the Banneker Room of the George Howard Building, 3430 Court House Drive, Ellicott City.

Information about the contest is available at school guidance offices, from the Department of Citizen Services (410-313-6400) or at Essays should be e-mailed to or mailed to Commission for Women Student Essay Contest, P.O. Box 348, Simpsonville 21150-0348.

Film about Rouse to be shown Jan. 28

Barbara Kellner, director of the Columbia Archives, will offer coffee, dessert, conversation and a film about James W. Rouse and Columbia from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Jan. 28 at Historic Oakland, 5430 Vantage Point Road, Columbia.

The program, "Columbia: Share the Vision," is sponsored by the Town Center Community Association. Kellner will share stories about Rouse and the early days of Columbia.

Reservations are requested. Information or to reserve a place: 410-7-30-4744.

Group to discuss philanthropy

The Association of Community Services will discuss "A Portrait of Philanthropy: Howard Legacy Study," at its meeting from noon to 1:30 p.m. today at the Meeting House in Oakland Mills Village Center, 5885 Robert Oliver Place in Columbia.

The study identifies the capacity for bequest-making in the county and is designed to assist Howard County nonprofit groups in encouraging bequests as a financial resource. Board members of local nonprofit organizations are encouraged to attend.

Jean Moon of Jean Moon & Associates, author of the study, will speak.

Information: 410-796-7824, or

Renovations to close center temporarily

The Howard County Center of African American Culture Inc., 5434 Vantage Point Road in Columbia, will temporarily close for renovation and repairs.

The center's collection is being packed and will be put into storage. The staff and volunteers will be at the center's research library at Howard Community College, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway in Columbia.

The staff will be preparing a pictorial exhibition, Native Howard County, Md., Families: 1875-1950, and a 20th-anniver- sary celebration.

New and renewed memberships and donations are being sought.

Renovations and repairs to the building on Vantage Point Road will be managed by the Columbia Association. A new sprinkler system, railings, painting, carpeting and other changes are planned.

The center plans to reopen at the end of May.

Information: Wylene S. Burch, 410-715-1921 or 410-772-4002.

4 malls to extend weekend hours

General Growth Properties Inc. has announced that four of its malls -- The Mall in Columbia, Owings Mills Mall, Towson Town Center and White Marsh Mall -- will be open longer on weekends.

New mall hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday; 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday; and 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday.

The change is the result of research and the company's desire to remain competitive in a changing marketplace. According to a recent survey conducted by GGP, 65 percent of consumers wanted mall hours extended throughout the year.

Jan. 27 is deadline for dance contest

The enrollment deadline for "The Battle of the Dance," sponsored by the Columbia Association's Teen Advisory Committee, is Jan. 27.

The competition for individual and team dancers will be held from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 10 at The Other Barn, 5851 Robert Oliver Place, Columbia. Each teen dancer or team will be asked to bring music on a compact disc (no explicit lyrics are allowed) and will have five minutes to perform. Judging will be done by three local dance professionals.

Admission is free.

Information or registration: 410-715-5523.

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