Housing director to speak at community meeting

East Columbia

March 18, 2007

Stacy L. Spann, newly appointed director of Howard County's Department of Housing and Community Development, will speak Wednesday at the Association of Community Services' monthly meeting.

He will discuss housing issues in the community and will answer questions.

The meeting will be held from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the Meeting House in Oakland Mills Village Center, 5885 Robert Oliver Place. Admission is free.

Those who attend can take a lunch or preorder one by returning a lunch form (available at www.acshoco.org) tomorrow. The cost for lunch is $7, payable at the door.

Information: 410-796-7824, or www.acshoco.org. Fax: 410-379-1308.

Military

Graduates -- Air Force Airman Katie L. Galante, daughter of Marion Galante of Kings Contrivance, has graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio. She is a 2006 graduate of Hammond High School.

Around Town

Candidates sought -- Nomination petitions are available through Wednesday for members of the Long Reach Community Association who are interested in running for village office. Members of the community association can be owners or lease-holding tenants of lien-paying properties in Long Reach village. Two village board members and one Columbia Council representative will be elected April 21 for two-year terms. Each candidate must submit a completed election petition and candidate's statement by 6 p.m. Wednesday to be included on the ballot. Information packets, which include petition forms and election rules, are available at Stonehouse in Long Reach Village Center. Stonehouse hours are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, and 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday. 410-730-8113 or contact William A. Taylor, chairman of the election committee, 301-596-7152.

La Leche -- La Leche of Columbia will meet at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Owen Brown Community Center. The group offers support, information and guidance for breast-feeding mothers. Pregnant women, as well as infants and toddlers, are welcome. 410-309-4940, 301-421-1177 or 410-461-3423.

Beginning bridge -- "Bridge for the Absolute Beginner" will be offered from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays at the 50+ Center at the east Columbia library. The six-week class costs $60, plus $5 for a textbook. A drop-in bridge program is offered from noon to 3 p.m. Tuesdays at the same location. Players at all levels are welcome. Lessons in mah-jongg are also offered. The cost is $31 for three classes. Registration is required. 410-290-5430.

Science, Dr. Seuss -- The east Columbia library is offering a four-week program for children ages 3 to 6 with an adult, "Spring into Science," at 9:30 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. Thursdays, through March 29. Tickets are available at the children's desk an hour before the 45-minute program. There will be no session this week. 410-313-7730.

Preschool open house -- East Columbia Preschool, a cooperative program for children ages 3 and 4, will hold an open house for prospective families from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday at Owen Brown Community Center, 6800 Cradlerock Way. Children are welcome to attend. 410-290-9166, or www.east columbiapreshcool.com.

Teen advisers -- The east Columbia library, 6600 Cradlerock Way, is sponsoring a meeting of its Teen Advisory Board for those ages 11 to 16 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. April 7. Teens will have an opportunity to meet with friends, have a snack and share ideas about what the library should offer their peers. Registration begins Saturday. 410-313-7700.

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