Community Notes


January 21, 2007

`Empty Bowls' to help fight hunger Feb. 3

The Columbia Association Art Center will sponsor "Empty Bowls: A Community Event to Help Fight Hunger in Howard County," from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Feb. 3. Proceeds will go to Grassroots Crisis Intervention Center. Tickets are $15 in advance; $20 at the door.

Patrons can select a handcrafted ceramic bowl (to take home) and have a meal accompanied by live music, art demonstrations, a silent art auction and raffle drawings.

Local ceramic artists have donated more than 300 bowls at the art center, which supplied materials, clay and kiln firings for the project. Local restaurants and businesses have contributed food and beverages and made other in-kind and monetary donations. Several musicians are donating their services.

The Columbia Art Center is at 6100 Foreland Garth, in Long Reach Village Center. Information or tickets: 410-730- 0075.

Senior Tax Credit Task Force to meet

Howard County's Senior Tax Credit Task Force will hold its second meeting at 2 p.m. Tuesday in the Tyson Room of the George Howard Building, 3430 Court House Drive, Ellicott City. A third meeting is scheduled for 2 p.m. Thursday in the Ellicott Room of the George Howard Building.

The meetings are open to the public.

The task force is a citizens committee created by the County Council to determine, by Feb. 15, any changes that should be made to a law that grants a 25 percent property tax cut to those ages 70 and older, whose incomes are less than $75,000 a year. The law requires a freeze at the discounted level for qualified seniors' tax bills.

The law was approved by the last council, just before the November election, and the task force is charged with determining if it is adequate or needs adjustment.

A public hearing will be held at 7 p.m. Jan. 30 in the Banneker Room of the George Howard Building, 3430 Court House Drive, Ellicott City. Comments and suggestions are invited.

The committee must examine the size of the tax cut (25 percent) and the income limit ($75,000) by the February deadline. The group will continue meeting and produce a final report in November.

Information: 410-313-2001.

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.

Essays should be e-mailed to or mailed to Commission for Women Student Essay Contest, P.O. Box 348, Simpsonville 21150-0348.

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