Budget meeting slated for citizens
County Executive Ken Ulman will hold his second citizens budget meeting for the fiscal 2008 budget cycle at 7:30 p.m. March 7 in the Banneker Room of the George Howard Building, 3430 Courthouse Drive, Ellicott City.
A summary of county departmental requests, as well as summary information on the capital budget as submitted to the Planning Board, will be available tomorrow in county library branches, on-line at www.howardcountymd.gov, or by calling the county's public information office, 410 313-2022.
Sign-up for those who wish to testify at the March 7 meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. Speakers must sign up individually, and one person may not sign up for several testifiers.
People who prefer to send comments via the Internet can do so by going to the county Web site.
`The Music Man' at River Hill High
The River Hill High School drama department will present the musical The Music Man, directed by drama teacher Pam Land and student directors Amanda Ogorzalek, Elianna Stone and Allison Spada. Joe Blasko, a longtime friend of the school's drama department, will oversee set construction.
The cast includes more than 75 River Hill students and the school's marching band, the River Hill Marching Hawks.
Performances are planned at 7:30 p.m. today, tomorrow, Friday and Saturday; and at 2 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $8 in advance; $10 at the door. Tickets are available in the school's Dining Center.
Mahalia Jackson tribute set Sunday
The Oakland Mills Community Association and its Music and Arts Committee will present "A Tribute to Mahalia Jackson," featuring jazz singer Lavenia Nesmith, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at the Meeting House, 5885 Robert Oliver Place.
The one-woman musical drama portrays the gospel singer's life in monologue and song.
Tickets are $25 in advance; $30 at the door. Tickets are available at The Other Barn, 5851 Robert Oliver Place. A percentage of the proceeds will go to the Coalition for Compassion, an interfaith community service organization.
Information: Ben Hunter, 410-730-1129.
Coffee chat set for March 14
The Board of Education will hold a "Coffee & Conversation" session from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. March 14 in the media center at Long Reach High School, 6101 Old Dobbin Lane.
County residents can drink coffee and chat with board members. The meetings are held around the county.
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.
Happy Wanderers walks are Sunday
The Freestate Happy Wanderers, which meets in Savage, will hold noncompetitive 5K and 10K walks Sunday at the Severna Park Elks Lodge, 160 Truck House Road, in Severna Park.
An all-you-can-eat breakfast will be served at the lodge for $6. Breakfast will be served from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Walkers can begin any time between 7:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. and finish by 1 p.m.
Information: 410-437-2164 or 301-717-3604 before 8 p.m., or www.ava.org.
Skate-A-Thon to aid Leukemia Society
The Maryland chapter of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society will sponsor a Lace Up for Leukemia Skate-A-Thon from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday at Gardens Ice House in Laurel.
Recreational and experienced skaters of all ages are invited to skate laps for pledges. Registration is to begin at 2:30 p.m. Proceeds will go to the Maryland chapter of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society to help fund research and improve the quality of life of patients and their families.
Information: Vince Fiduccia, 410-527-0220, Ext. 21.