Community Notes


May 06, 2007

Free breast exams to be conducted

In conjunction with the Blossoms of Hope Program, which plants cherry trees across Howard County and works to promote breast cancer screening, the Howard County Health Department will bring a mobile clinic to designated planting sites to conduct free breast exams.

The opening event will be held at 9:30 a.m. tomorrow at the Central Library, 10375 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia. Dr. Peter L. Beilenson, the Howard County health officer, will be one of the practitioners assisting with the clinic.

Clinics will also be held from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Elkridge branch library; Thursday at the east Columbia branch; May 14 at the Glenwood branch; May 15 at the Savage branch; and May 17 at the Miller branch.

Relatives raising children can get help

Grandparents and others raising a relative's child are invited to a support group that meets from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on the second Wednesday of each month at the Bain Center, 5470 Ruth Keeton Way, Columbia.

Information on services and financial assistance will be available.

The program, Relatives as Parents, is sponsored by the Howard County Department of Citizen Services' Office of Children's Services.

Information: Debbie Yare, 410-313-1940.

Volunteers needed for wine festival

Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks is accepting applicants from volunteers, ages 21 and older, interested in volunteering at the 13th annual Wine in the Woods Festival, to be held May 19 and 20 at Symphony Woods in Columbia.

In exchange for working a 3 1/2 -hour shift, volunteers receive an admission ticket redeemable on either day. Shifts are available from 2:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. either day.

An orientation for new volunteers will be held from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. May 16 at Recreation and Parks headquarters, 7120 Oakland Mills Road, Columbia.

Information: Ann Combs, 410-313-4624.

Group for widows, widowers to meet

A continuing social and support group, Howard County Young Widows and Widowers, meets from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. on the first Wednesday of each month at Coho Grill, 11130 Willowbottom Drive, on the grounds of the Hobbit's Glen golf course in Columbia.

The group offers an opportunity for members to make friends in a supportive atmosphere.

Everyone is welcome. Information: 410-740-5858.

Early residents of Columbia sought

Families who moved to Columbia before Dec. 31, 1968, and their adult children are being sought to participate in a 40-year reunion of Columbia Pioneers June 22.

Anyone interested should leave name, address and phone number with Karol Hess, 410-381-0154.or e-mail,

Event to honor older Americans

County Executive Ken Ulman and the Department of Citizen Services' Office on Aging will sponsor an Older Americans' Day Celebration at 10:30 a.m. May 15 at Ten Oaks Ballroom in Clarksville.

Entertainment will be provided by the Dayton Oaks Elementary School String Ensemble and Chorus. Luncheon will be served at noon.

Tickets are $9. Walk-in and phone reservations will be taken at the Bain Center between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. tomorrow.

Information or reservations: 410-313-7213.

Women-only event to be held today

Women are invited to the first "Sip, Savor and Shop," a women-only event at 1 p.m. today at Belmont Conference Center in Elkridge.

Guests can enjoy a gourmet four-course luncheon and wine-tasting, and an opportunity to shop for jewelry, stationery and other items. Laurie Forster will discuss wine and the perfect wine for Mother's Day.

There is a fee.

Information: 410-772-4306.

Blood donations are urgently sought

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

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.

Help is available finding child care

Free assistance is available to Howard County parents seeking state-licensed child care centers, family child care providers, programs for school-age children and preschools.

The service, called LOCATE: Child Care, is available from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. weekdays at 410-313-1930. Trained child care counselors are available to assist in identifying child care best suited to the parents' needs, preferences and ability to pay.

A service of the Department of Citizen Services' Howard County Child Care Resource Center, the program also helps parents find programs for which they can qualify, such as subsidized health care, subsidized child care and tax credits.

Information: 410-313-1940, or

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