Community Notes


March 09, 2007

LeFaivre named hearing examiner

Michele LeFaivre, an attorney in Baltimore, has been named Howard County hearing examiner for the Board of Appeals.

She will replace Thomas P. Carbo, who resigned in December after being appointed deputy director of the county's Department of Housing and Community Development.

The County Council announced LeFaivre's appointment yesterday.

She received a bachelor's degree in American studies in 1976 from Towson University and has a master's degree in planning and public policy and a doctorate in geography from Johns Hopkins University.

LeFaivre in 1998 received her law degree from the University of Maryland School of Law in Baltimore.

She was staff counsel to the National Association of Home Builders from 1999 to 2002 and, before becoming a lawyer, worked in the Office of Planning and Zoning in Baltimore County.

The hearing examiner's position was created in 2000 to help relieve the workload of the Board of Appeals.

Conservatory camp holding auditions

Slayton House Conservatory Camp, an arts camp for youth in grades nine through 12, is holding auditions for High School Musical, to be performed June 25 through July 13, and West Side Story, which is to run from July 16 through Aug. 4.

Sharon Lea is camp coordinator. Cate Barry of the Glenelg Country School will direct High School Musical; Kathryn Carlsen of Centennial High School is to direct West Side Story.

Auditions will be held from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday; 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. April 27 and 10 a.m. to noon April 28.

To arrange for an audition: 410-730-3987 or 301-596-4883.

Coffee chat set for Wednesday

The Board of Education will hold a "Coffee & Conversation" session from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday 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.

Information: 410-313-6682.

`Beauty and Beast' at Wilde Lake High

Wilde Lake High School's theater arts department will present Disney's Beauty and The Beast at 7 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday and March 16 and 17 in the school's Jim Rouse Theatre for the Performing Arts.

Tickets, available at the box office from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday or at the door, cost $10 in advance; $12 at the door.

Information: 410-313-6965.

Jazz ensemble set to perform March 23

The Glenelg Jazz Ensemble will present its annual concert at 7:30 p.m. March 23 with soloist and jazz trumpeter Alex Norris of Howard County.

Tickets, available at the door or at the school's front office (410-313-5528), are $10. Proceeds will help pay for the band's European tour this summer.

The band is to play at the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland; and in Lyon, France; Freiburg, Germany; and at an event near Nice on the French Riviera.

Glenelg High School is at 14025 Burntwoods Road, Glenelg.

Benefit basket bingo to be held March 30

A basket bingo to benefit the Howard County 4-H All Stars will be held at 7 p.m. March 30 at the Mount Airy Fireman's Activity Building, Twin Arch Road, Mount Airy. Doors open at 6 p.m.

The event includes 20 regular games, four specials and three raffles. All the baskets will be filled.

Tickets are $15 in advance; $18 at the door.

Information or tickets: 301-829-1449 or 410-489-6258.

Homes coalition to meet Wednesday

The Homes for Life Coalition of Howard County will meet from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Gateway Center, Room 303, 6751 Columbia Gateway Drive, Columbia.

Eric Anderson of Accessible Housing Services Inc. will discuss "A Model Home Integrating Accessible and Universal Design," and describe about 70 design concepts he incorporated into the renovation of a 1,000-square-foot ranch home in suburban Baltimore.

The concepts, such as no-step entrances and wider hallways and doorways, allow able-bodied people and wheelchair-users to live comfortably, safely and independently in the home without the need for further modification.

The Homes for Life Coalition, founded in 1999, advocates for homes to be welcoming to visitors, barrier-free and designed to be comfortable for everyone.

Refreshments will be served.

Information: Diane Caplan, 410-917-5767, or

Columbia Association to hold open house

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

The event, originally scheduled last month, was postponed because of inclement weather.

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

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