Community Notes

COMMUNITY NOTES

February 07, 2007

Senior centers convert to broadband service

Howard County Executive Ken Ulman has announced that all nine Howard County senior centers and four Senior Plus sites, which serve older people with disabilities, have converted their dial-up Internet service to broadband, a faster, more efficient way to stay connected to family, friends and resources that can improve seniors' quality of life. The broadband service will also be used by staff members.

Seniors can now learn to set up e-mail addresses, receive and send e-mails, download photographs and talk to family and friends through instant messaging, shop, do online banking and gain access to other resources and services quickly and easily.

Classes are held by Computer Seniors of America at the Ellicott City, Bain and Glenwood centers. The Elkridge and Savage senior centers also have computer labs; with sufficient interest, classes might be held at these centers. Open lab time with volunteer instructors is planned.

The announcement about the new service was made Jan. 30 at Glenwood Community Center's computer lab in Cooksville.

Information: 410-313-2022.

Howard `Roots' celebration is Sunday

The villages of Columbia, the African Art Museum of Maryland, Howard County Center of African American Culture and Columbia Association will sponsor "Roots of Howard County in Celebration of African-American History," from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

The event will be held at Historic Oakland, 5430 Vantage Point Road, Columbia. Admission is free.

A commemoration of Black History Month, the program will include a visit to the African Art Museum of Maryland, displays organized by the Howard County Center of African American Culture, children's entries in the Columbia Association's "Images of Freedom" poster contest, a musical performance by Rae Bernard of Harmony of Sol and a panel of speakers that is to include Maggie J. Brown, Herman Charity, C. Vernon Gray, Morgan Rollins, Barbara Russell, Jean Toomer and Diop Wallace.

Light refreshments will be served. Reservations are not needed. There is no snow date.

Teen Center plans trip to D.C. on Friday

The Columbia Teen Center will sponsor a "school's closed" trip for those ages 11 to 14 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday.

Participants will visit the International Spy Museum in Washington, see interactive displays about secret spy missions and tour a "School for Spies."

The cost is $45 for Columbia residents; $54 for nonresidents. Before- and after-care is available.

Registration is required.

Information: 410-992-3726.

PJs party to benefit Success in Style

Baltimore's Best Party Entertainers, whose owner, Gia Magliano, serves on the board of Success in Style, will sponsor a benefit for the Howard County nonprofit organization from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. tomorrow at Confetti's Event Center, 802 Gleneagles Court, Towson.

The networking party, "Professionals in PJs," includes hors d'oeuvres, wine and beer. Pajamas are requested but not required.

Tickets are $35. Registration is requested. Information or registration: 410-825-2378.

Success in Style provides free professional clothing and coaching to low-income women re-entering the work force.

Job fair today at Fort Meade

The Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation and Fort Meade Morale, Welfare and Recreation will sponsor a Technical Job Fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today at Club Meade, 6600 Mapes Road, Fort Meade.

More than 60 employers are seeking to fill 4,000 technical, communications and other positions. The fair is open to all. Admission is free.

Information: Jerome Duncan, 410-674-5240.

Board of Education to meet tomorrow

The Howard County Board of Education will hold a regularly scheduled meeting at 4 p.m. tomorrow in the boardroom at the Department of Education, 10910 Route 108, Ellicott City.

The afternoon session, and an evening session that is to begin at 7:30 p.m., will start with a public forum during which members of the public can address the board on any topic for which there is no formal hearing process. Sign-up in advance is preferred.

To sign up to speak: 410- 313-7194.

To request a sign-language interpreter for any meeting of the Board of Education: Colleen Rice, 410-313-7046. Two-weeks advance notice is preferred.

Kiwanis Club meets Monday evenings

The Kiwanis Club meets at 6:45 p.m. Mondays at Kiwanis-Wallis Hall in Ellicott City.

Information: Harry Slade, 410-418-8218.

Closures planned for Presidents Day

Howard County government offices, courts, libraries and the animal shelter will be closed in observance of Presidents Day on Feb. 19. The landfill will be open, and regular trash and recycling services will be in effect. Parking meters must be fed.

The 911 Center, police and fire departments remain staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week. For emergencies, dial 911. For nonemergencies: 410-313-2200.

County offices will reopen for regular business hours Feb. 20.

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