Community Notes

COMMUNITY NOTES

March 23, 2007

Ravens' Stover to talk about dads, sons

Baltimore Ravens kicker Matt Stover will discuss authentic father-son relationships and what it means to be a "Real Deal Dad" at 8:30 a.m. tomorrow at Oakland Mills High School, 9410 Kilimanjaro Road in Columbia.

Also, Gatorade is sponsoring a Junior Training Camp for elementary and middle school-age sons who accompany their fathers. A light breakfast will be provided.

"Our theme for this year is `connections,' and this event will help the school connect with fathers, and fathers connect with their sons," said Oakland Mills High School Principal Frank Eastham said in a statement.

The event is free, but people interested in attending are asked to register by calling Vernette Jackson at 410 313-6945, or vernette_jack son@hcpss.org.

All-you-can-eat meal set today in Savage

The Savage Volunteer Fire Company will present an all-you-can-eat spaghetti dinner from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. today at the fire hall, 8925 Lincoln St.

Homemade meat and vegetable sauces, salad, bread and dessert are planned. Jewelry and baked goods will also be for sale.

The cost for dinner is $7 for adults; $4 for children to age 13.

Information: 410-880-5803.

Tiber Hudson cleanup tomorrow

The Tiber Hudson Stream Team, which conducted five cleanup sessions Saturday mornings along the Tiber Hudson River and its banks in Ellicott City's historic district, will resume the program from 9 a.m. to noon tomorrow. The program is sponsored by Friends of the Patapsco Valley and Heritage Greenway Inc. in partnership with the Howard County Tourism Office, Ellicott City Restoration Foundation, community residents and business owners, who help pay for supplies. 410-480-0824.

Halting violence to be session's focus

New Way of Life Outreach Inc. will sponsor a conference, "Stop the Violence; Bring the Peace," from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. tomorrow at Owen Brown Interfaith Center, 7246 Cradlerock Way, Columbia.

The organization, an affiliate of Street Law Group Inc. of Washington, was created to address perceived increases in local crime, homelessness, poor education, domestic and gang violence and substance abuse.

The organization's mission is to help redirect lives in a positive direction through counseling, training, spiritual support and the provision of transitional housing.

Speakers, live entertainment, food, awards and door prizes are planned.

Admission is free. Information: Shirley Harding, 410-531- 6779 or Patricia Putnam, 410- 730-1750.

Rights panel seeks student member

The Howard County Human Rights Commission is accepting applications for the position of student commissioner, to serve a one-year term, from July 1 to June 30, 2008, as a nonvoting member.

The application is 4 p.m. April 6.

The student must be a Howard County resident younger than 18, have an interest in human and civil rights and be willing to attend the commission's meetings, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. the third Thursday of each month.

Applicants must write a brief essay explaining why they want to serve on the commission. An interview will be held at 7:30 p.m. April 19 (business attire is required.)

The commissioners will choose a nominee, and their recommendation will be forwarded to the county executive, who will submit the nominee's name to the County Council for confirmation.

Applications are available from public high school guidance offices, or call Charlotte Beckenstein, 410-313-6430. Completed applications can be mailed to or dropped off at the Office of Human Rights, 6751 Columbia Gateway Drive, Suite 239, Columbia 21046.

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 a workshop for organizations to explain the program and discuss strategies for implementing it at 10 a.m. today 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, sheinbach@howardcounty md.gov.

`Child success' award nominees sought

Nominations are invited for an award for people or programs that have had a positive impact on the lives of children.

Howard County Executive Ken Ulman and the Howard County Office of Children's Services will recognize those selected -- whether mentors, child care providers, Scout leaders, coaches, human service workers, volunteers, businesses, school and camp programs or others -- at the eighth annual "Celebrating Successes for Children" ceremony, to be held at 7 p.m. April 24 at Ten Oaks Ballroom in Clarksville.

Nominations are due today. Forms are available (and can be submitted) online at www.co. ho.md.us/children, or the Office of Children's Services, 410-313-1940. The completed nomination forms can also be faxed to 410-313-1430.

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