Community Notes


April 11, 2007

Benefit basket bingo set at the YMCA

The YMCA of Central Maryland, Ellicott City Center, will hold its Family Basket Bingo on Friday to benefit its annual giving campaign.

Longaberger baskets will be featured. Doors open at 6 p.m.; games begin at 7 p.m. Tickets are available in advance.

The YMCA will celebrate "Healthy Kid's Day," a festival focused on family health and fitness, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

Community organizations will provide information and activities that are to include a Moon Bounce, giant obstacle course, minigolf and carnival games. Admission is free.

The YMCA is at 4331 Montgomery Road.

Information: 410-465-4334.

Toastmasters chapter marking 10th year

Patuxent Toastmasters, a local chapter of the national organization that promotes communication and leadership skills, will celebrate its 10th anniversary from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. tomorrow at Oliver's Carriage House (home of Kittamaqundi Community Church), 5410 Leaf Treader Way, Columbia.

The program is to include an interactive educational segment on public speaking and refreshments.

Information: Heather Applegate, 908-581-5318.

Success in Style set to benefit from event

Women and Wine Events, a for-profit organizer of events for women, has named Success in Style of Howard County as a beneficiary for its next event.

The event, "Ooh la la French Wine & Food!" will be held at 6:30 p.m. tomorrow at Tersiguel's French Country Restaurant, 8293 Main St., Ellicott City.

French wines and food will be served. An estate-planning expert and financial adviser will answer questions on legacy planning, philanthropic giving, living wills, and strategies to ensure a comfortable retirement.

The cost is $65 for members of Women and Wine; $75 for nonmembers. Designated drivers pay $60.

Information or registration:

Gospel concert to be held Saturday

A "Gospel Extravaganza" will be held at 6 p.m. Saturday 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.

`Dog Day Afternoon' is slated Saturday

The Columbia Association will host a "Dog Day Afternoon" from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Columbia Lakefront.

The association invites dog owners to take their pets and stroll around Lake Kittamaqundi, where there will be doggy treats, activities and entertainment. The free event also will feature local businesses and organizations that focus on the health and happiness of dogs.

Information, call 410 715-3104.

Tres Amigos set to perform Friday

Oakland Night Music Series, sponsored by Town Center Community Association, will present Tres Amigos, a local band specializing in Latin, Brazilian and popular music, from 8 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Friday at Historic Oakland, 5430 Vantage Point Road, Columbia.

Admission to the informal concert is free, but donations for the performers are encouraged.

Musicians interested in performing at Oakland Nights should contact Patricia Loeber, 410-730-4744.

Bridal Showcase to be held Sunday

The Town Center Community Association will sponsor a Bridal Showcase at Historic Oakland, 5430 Vantage Point Road, from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sunday.

Vendors from the Baltimore-Washington area will display their wares, including food, music, floral designs, photographs and bridal and formal clothing.

Tickets are $10 in advance; $15 at the door. 410-730-4801 or 800-730-4801.

Library board seeks trustee applicants

The Howard County Library's board of trustees is seeking applicants to fill positions of two trustees representing council District 1 (the library's Elkridge branch) and Council District 2 (its east Columbia branch.)

Trustees, who serve voluntarily as advocates for the library system and its educational enterprise, serve a five-year term and may be reappointed for a consecutive term.

The board establishes and reviews policies, approves budgets and ensures that library system programs meets the needs of Howard County residents.

Although the board typically meets quarterly, trustees must be available for meetings scheduled for 7 p.m. on the third Wednesday of each month. Trustees must live in the district they are to represent.

Those interested in applying should submit a cover letter and resume by April 20 to Leona McNair, support services specialist, Howard County Library, 6600 Cradlerock Way, Columbia 21045.

Information: Library Director Valerie J. Gross, 410-313-7750, or

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.

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

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

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