Community Notes

COMMUNITY NOTES

March 18, 2007

Program promotes activity, fitness

The Get Active Howard County Committee is encouraging businesses and organizations to participate in the 3rd Annual Get Active Howard County program.

The 10-week program is designed to promote a variety of physical activities to help county residents become fit.

The committee is offering two workshops for organizations to explain the program and discuss strategies for implementing it; workshops will be offered at 7 p.m. Tuesday and at 10 a.m. Friday at Department of Recreation and Parks headquarters, 7120 Oakland Mills Road, Columbia.

Information, to reserve a place or arrange for an individual meeting: Steve Heinbach, shein bach@howardcountymd.gov.

County libraries to close Thursday

All branches of the Howard County Library will be closed Thursday for an in-service day for staff.

Regular hours will resume Friday.

Information: 410-313-7890, or http:--hclibrary.org.

Giving Circle to hold social

The Women's Giving Circle of Howard County, a local group building a community of women philanthropists to address the needs of women and girls in the county, will hold its 5th Anniversary Annual Meeting and Social from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday at Ten Oaks Ballroom in Clarksville.

Gwendolyn E. Boyd, executive assistant to the chief of staff at Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, will discuss "Women and Philanthropy."

A review of the group's accomplishments is planned. The Women's Giving Circle, which has about 500 members, has established a response network for women in crisis, scholarships, an e-news service to educate the community on women's needs and the "Journey" camp for middle school girls.

Tea and refreshments will be served. Admission is $30; tickets will be held at the door.

Information: 410-730-7840.

Open houses, job fairs set

Howard County General Hospital will hold two open houses and job fairs for those interested in employment in nursing and related health professions.

An open house and job fair will be held from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday in the hospital's main lobby, 5755 Cedar Lane, Columbia. A second open house will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday.

Representatives from the hospital's human resources department will answer questions about employment opportunities and employee benefits.

Participants will have an opportunity to tour the hospital's units, meet management and staff members and participate in on-the-spot interviews. Light refreshments will be served.

Applications for open positions may be submitted online at www.hcgh.org. Bilingual applicants are encouraged to apply. 410-740-7815.

Disaster preparation topic of seniors event

TRIAD/SALT (Seniors and Law Together) of Howard County will sponsor a presentation, "Disaster Preparation and You," at 1 p.m. tomorrow at the Bain Center, 5470 Ruth Keeton Way, Columbia.

Joan Driessen and Becky Maerten, N2N community outreach coordinators, will lead the discussion. The N2N (Neighbor-to-Neighbor) program is part of the Community Emergency Response Network of Howard County.

TRIAD is a national group that works for seniors' safety.

Information: 410-531-6638.

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 tomorrow, in Columbia.

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.

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