Community Notes


April 27, 2007

`Cherrybration' set at 4 p.m. tomorrow

Howard County's Office of Tourism will premier an outdoor festival, the "Comcast Cherrybration," from 4 p.m. to dusk tomorrow at Centennial Park in Ellicott City.

The community celebration of "Blossoms of Hope ... the Howard County Cherry Tree Project" will feature music, children's art activities and displays about wellness, the outdoors and the importance of nature. A luminaria procession is planned at dusk.

A free lantern-making workshop will be offered at 9 a.m. tomorrow in Pavilion H at Centennial Park. Participants can carry their lanterns in the parade or donate them for sale to benefit the Claudia Mayer Cancer Resource Center.

The celebration is planned to coincide with the blossoming of 1,000 cherry trees that have been planted to beautify the county and raise awareness and encourage cancer prevention. Thirty percent of the sponsorship fee for each tree benefits the Claudia Mayer Cancer Resource Center. Forty Kwanzan cherry trees have been planted in Centennial Park.

Comcast, one of the sponsors of Blossoms of Hope, is a title sponsor of the project's new annual signature event.

Admission is free.

Information: 410-313-1900.

Meet and talk with school board

The Board of Education of Howard County will sponsor a "Coffee and Conversation" session from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. tomorrow in the media center at Thunder Hill Elementary School, 9357 Mellenbrook Road, Columbia.

The sessions, which are held at schools around the county, offer an opportunity for residents to share a cup of coffee and chat informally with board members.

Information: 410-313-6682.

Cedar Lane School fundraiser tomorrow

A "Walk for Our Stars," a Cedar Lane School fundraiser, is planned for 10:30 a.m. tomorrow, rain or shine, at Maple Lawn Community Center, 7600 Maple Lawn Blvd.

Walkers, runners and those who just want to mingle are welcome. Free popcorn, cotton candy and other treats are planned.

Ice hockey tryouts to start Sunday

The Howard Huskies ice hockey organization will hold travel team tryouts for the 2007-2008 season from Sunday through May 6 at Columbia Ice Rink.

Recreational and travel team players at the mite, squirt, peewee, midget U16 and midget U18 levels are encouraged to try out for the competitive teams.

Information: www.Howard or e-mail, info@

A copper beech wins tree award

A copper beech tree on the grounds of the Residences at Greystone in Ellicott City is winner of the 2007 Howard County Champion Tree Award.

The tree is estimated to be more than 200 years old and about 87 feet high. Its circumference is 15 feet, 8 inches. It was selected for the award by the Howard County Forestry Board based on its beauty, its caretakers' efforts to preserve it and its accessibility to the public.

A ceremony is to be held at 10 a.m. today. The tree is at 3700 College Ave. Light refreshments will be served and those who attend will receive free tree seedlings.

Information: Steve Parker, 410-313-7251.

Poster contest entries sought

The Human Rights Commission invites Howard County public school students, kindergarten through 12th grade, to enter its Fair Housing Calendar poster contest, conducted in observance of April as Fair Housing Month.

The contest's theme is "Building Strong Communities Through Fair Housing."

Entries must be on white 18-by-24-inch poster board in landscape format and must be submitted by 4 p.m. Monday to the Office of Human Rights, 6751 Columbia Gateway Drive, Suite 239, Columbia 21035.

Twelve posters will be featured in the commission's 2008 Fair Housing Calendar, which will be distributed to government officials, schools and the public.

Top winners receive U.S. Savings Bonds.

Information: Charlotte Beckenstein, 410-313-6430.

Blood donations are urgently sought

The Red Cross is appealing for blood donations, with types O positive, O negative and B negative urgently needed.

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.

Eligible donors should Call 800-GIVE-LIFE for an appointment

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

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