Community Notes

COMMUNITY NOTES

February 25, 2007

Chinese Feast to aid program at HCC

Hunan Manor Restaurant of Columbia will hold a Chinese Feast to benefit the Howard Community College Silas Craft Collegians program.

The buffet dinner will be held from 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. March 5. Tickets are $40 a person, including beverages, dessert, tax and gratuity.

Proceeds will provide scholarships for the Silas Craft program, a learning community designed to encourage recent high school graduates to live up to their potential. The program includes mentoring and peer re- inforcement and leads to an associate of arts degree.

Hunan Manor is at 7091 Deepage Drive.

Information: 410-772-4450, or www.howardcc.edu/special events.

Boating safety classes scheduled

The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary will offer three basic boating safety classes next month and in April. The one-day classes will be taught by Howard County resident John Galleazzi.

The classes, which satisfy the Maryland requirement that anyone born after July 1, 1972, complete a boating safety course before operating a vessel in Maryland waters, will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 24, April 7 and April 14.

Registration is required. Classes will be held at 22 Walker Ave., Pikesville. The cost is $35, with a discount for additional family members or groups.

Information and directions: 410-336-7734.

Sports Hall of Fame nominations sought

Nominations are invited for Howard County's Community Sports Hall of Fame, sponsored by the county's Department of Recreation and Parks.

The honor recognizes those who have gained prominence or made substantial contributions as athletes, coaches, managers, officials or behind-the-scenes contributors to community recreational sports in the county.

Nominees must have been Howard County residents or have been involved in community sports in Howard County during the time they made a contribution to community sports.

Nomination forms are available from the Department of Recreation and Parks (410-313- 4711), at library branches or online at www.howardcounty md.gov/RAP. Nominations must be postmarked by March 15 and mailed or delivered to Recreation and Parks Community Sports Hall of Fame, 7120 Oakland Mills Road, Columbia 21046-1677.

The Howard County Community Sports Hall of Fame is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays at Department of Recreation and Parks Headquarters, 7120 Oakland Mills Road, Columbia.

Open house to honor CA and its president

The accomplishments of the Columbia Association, its president, Maggie J. Brown, senior staff and team members will be celebrated at a Community Open House from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. today at the Loft of The Other Barn in Oakland Mills Village Center.

The association's mission is to enhance quality of life for people living and working in Columbia and to ensure that it is an open, integrated and caring community.

The Columbia Association offers recreational, cultural and community services, including an art center, a teen center, before- and after-school care, summer camps, concerts, an archive, volunteer center and exchange program with sister cities in France and Spain. The association offers sports and recreational facilities and maintains open space that includes lakes, parks, tot lots and bike trails.

The open house is sponsored by Friends of CA. Refreshments will be served and admission is free.

Information: 410-715-3206.

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