Community Notes

COMMUNITY NOTES

March 14, 2007

St. Patrick's Day for kids - at library

The Kiwanis Club of Columbia will hold a St. Patrick's Day celebration for children and youth from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday at the central library, 10375 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia.

The program will include stories and an explanation of the holiday's history, the history of Irish immigration, a chance to make greeting cards for nursing home residents, as well as other activities. A live shamrock plant will be on display.

Information: 410-730-8584.

Support group set for divorced men

The National Family Resiliency Center will offer a support group for men who are considering or experiencing separation or divorce.

The group will meet for six to eight weeks from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Mondays, starting next week, in Columbia.

The group is intended to offer a safe, confidential environment for discussion and support. The cost is $50 a session; a sliding scale is available for those who qualify. Registration and a meeting with a counselor are required.

Information: 410-740-9553.

Hometown Heroes nominees sought

Nominations for the American Red Cross of Central Maryland Hometown Heroes awards are due Friday.

Those nominated will be honored at the ninth Red Cross Hometown Heroes Breakfast, to be held June 25. The event honors people who have shown extraordinary bravery, courage, kindness or service to the community and who embody the spirit of humanitarianism.

Nominees need not be Red Cross volunteers, but they must live or work in Central Maryland.

To submit a nomination: 410-624-2037, or www.redcross- cmd.org.

Blood donations are urgently sought

The Red Cross is appealing for blood donations because, it reports, the blood supply has reached a crisis level.

Type O positive, O negative and B negative are urgently needed. The short supply has forced hospitals to cancel or delay procedures such as transplants and other surgeries.

Donors should be in generally good health, at least 17 years old (or 16 with written parental consent), weigh no less than 110 pounds, have not received a tattoo within the past year, and have not donated whole blood in the past 56 days.

Eligible donors should call 800-GIVE-LIFE to schedule an appointment to donate blood. Platelet donors should call 800-272-2123.

The Red Cross is also seeking businesses, churches, community groups and civic organizations to sponsor blood drives.

Information: 800-787-9282, Ext. 4925.

Design to highlight accessible housing

The Homes for Life Coalition of Howard County will meet from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. today 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."

Information: 410-917-5767.

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