Community Notes

COMMUNITY NOTES

April 06, 2007

`Gospel Extravaganza' to be held April 14

A "Gospel Extravaganza" will be held at 6 p.m. April 14 to benefit the Vivian L. Reid Community Fund for the elderly. and help provide scholarships for needy students.

The concert, to be emceed by Patrick Ellis of WHUR Radio, will be held at Jim Rouse Theatre for the Performing Arts at Wilde Lake High School, 5460 Trumpeter Road, Columbia.

Performing will be the Gospel Revelations, TAGE ensemble's steel drums, The Voices of Inspiration, St. Bernardine's Church choir and Voices of Praise of New Fellowship Christian Community Church.

The cost is $20; $8 for children to age 12.

Sponsors include the Howard County Department of Citizen Services' Office on Aging and Tau Pi Foundation Inc. of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity's Tau Pi Chapter.

Information: Barbara Harris, 410-313-6448 or Clinton Sellers, 410-531-2152.

Lake Kittamaqundi dredging to be topic

Columbia Association staff members will discuss the dredging of Lake Kittamaqundi at a Town Center village meeting at 7:45 p.m. Wednesday, immediately after a candidates forum for village elections, to be held at Vantage House retirement community, 5400 Vantage Point Road, Columbia.

Staff members will present options for staging the work and allowing access to the lake for equipment.

Comments and questions from members of the community are welcome.

Information: 410-730-4744.

Good Friday closures listed

Howard County government offices, the animal shelter and libraries will be closed today in observance of Good Friday.

The landfill will be open, and regular trash and recycling services will be in effect. Parking meters must have coins.

The 911 Center, police and fire departments remain staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week. For emergencies: 911. For non-emergencies: 410-313-2200

County offices will open at regular business hours Monday.

An environmental discussion set Monday

The Howard County Citizens Association invites the community to join in a discussion about protecting and improving the environment at 7:30 p.m. Monday at the Howard County Conservancy's Gudelsky Center on Mount Pleasant Farm, 10520 Old Frederick Road, Woodstock.

Susan Lower, a science teacher at River Hill High School, will talk about "Climate Change: Individuals Can Make a Difference."

Local organizations will provide information about their environmental programs, and members of the Howard County Commission on the Environment and Sustainability will attend.

Information: Ray Cole, 443- 283-3967, or www.howard -citizen.org.

Rights commission applications due

Applications are due by 4 p.m. today for the position of student commissioner, to serve a one-year term on the Howard County Human Rights Commission from July 1 to June 30, 2008, as a nonvoting member.

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 submit a brief essay explaining why they want to serve on the commission. Interviews 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 Charlotte Beckenstein, 410-313-6430. Completed applications can be 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 physical activity among county residents.

Information: Steve Heinbach, sheinbach@howardcounty md.gov.

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 in the region 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.

For an appointment to donate blood: Eligible donors should call 800-GIVE-LIFE for 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.

Boating safety classes scheduled

The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary will offer two basic boating safety classes this month. John Galleazzi will teach the one-day classes.

The classes, which satisfy the Maryland requirement that anyone born after July 1, 1972, complete a boating safety course before operating a vessel in Maryland waters, will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. tomorrow and April 14 at 22 Walker Ave., Pikesville. Registration is required.

The cost is $35, with a discount for additional family members or groups. Information and directions: 410-336- 7734.

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