Community Notes


May 09, 2007

Benefits counseling offered for veterans

As part of the 2007 "Harley's Heroes" Tour, veterans in Howard County and surrounding areas can receive free counseling and assistance with their government benefits from noon to 4 p.m. Friday at Harley-Davidson of Maryland, 7010 Troy Hill Drive, Elkridge.

A mobile service office of the Disabled American Veterans will provide counseling to veterans who suffer from service-related injuries and may not have filed a claim or have had difficulty working with the Department of Veterans Affairs.

The tour, which is made possible by a $1 million grant from the Harley-Davidson Foundation, is to include more than 600 stops around the country, including at 150 Harley-Davidson dealerships.

College Center holds open house

The Laurel College Center, 312 Marshall Ave., off U.S. 1 in Laurel, invites the public to visit the campus between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. today, tomorrow or Friday and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday to talk to an adviser and be treated to breakfast or lunch.

"At-Your-Leisure Week" is intended to provide a convenient way to learn about courses and programs offered by the Laurel College Center, a partnership between Prince George's and Howard community colleges that offers credit and noncredit courses.

The college also has partnerships with four-year institutions.

Information: 1-866-228-6110 or visit

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 is bringing a mobile clinic to designated planting sites to conduct free breast exams.

Clinics are to be held from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. today at the Elkridge branch library; tomorrow at the east Columbia branch; Monday at the Glenwood branch; Tuesday 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 people, ages 21 and older, who are 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.

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

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