Community Notes


February 09, 2007

2nd Black Saga contest tomorrow

The second Howard County Black Saga Competition, an academic African- American history contest in which students from Oakland Mills, Patapsco and Wilde Lake middle schools will compete, will be held tomorrow at Wilde Lake Middle School in Columbia.

Registration is to begin at 9 a.m., and the contest is scheduled to conclude with an awards ceremony at 11 a.m.

After the competition, the teams will move to compete against students from other school systems at the state competition in March.

Cocker Spaniel adoption show set

Oldies But Goodies Cocker Spaniel Rescue will hold an adoption show from noon to 3 p.m. tomorrow at the Columbia PetSmart, 9041 Snowden River Parkway.

All dogs offered for adoption have been spayed or neutered and received vaccinations. More than 100 cocker spaniels are in need of homes. Foster homes also are needed.

Information: 703-533-2373, or and click on "Dogs Available," and then on "Best Friends."

County government has new Web address

Howard County government's Web site has moved from its old address ( to a new Web address (www.

County government employees have new e-mail addresses that will begin jsmith, for example (for John Smith) and end with howardcountymd. gov. The full e-mail address would be jsmith@howard

Information: 410-313-2022.

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.

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

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

Information: 410-313-2022.

Howard `Roots' program is Sunday

The villages of Columbia, the African Art Museum of Maryland, Howard County Center of African American Culture and Columbia Association will sponsor an afternoon program, "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 D.C. trip Friday

The Columbia Teen Center will sponsor a "school's closed" trip for area teens, 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.

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.

Presidents Day closures listed

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 non-emergencies: 410-313-2200.

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

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