Community Notes

COMMUNITY NOTES

May 11, 2007

`Celebracion Latina' to be held tomorrow

Ritmo Latino, the Conexiones organization's after-school program for middle school students, will present the third "Celebracion Latina" from 1:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. tomorrow at the central library, 10375 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia.

The event celebrates the completion of a photojournalism project by members of the program, which provides social and academic support to Hispanic students. The students, who were each given a disposable camera, documented in photographs and writings the differences they experienced between Latino and American cultures.

Local officials are expected to attend; speakers and refreshments are planned.

Information: Luz-Maria Gomez, 410-707-6704.

Police memorial service set Monday

In observance of National Police Week, the Howard County Police Department will hold a memorial service at noon Monday honoring law enforcement officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty in the county.

The service, which is open to the public, will be held in the Banneker Room of the George Howard Building, 3430 Court House Drive, Ellicott City. A wreath-laying ceremony at the Memorial Courtyard and Garden at police headquarters is to conclude the observance.

Jayne Miller, investigative reporter for WBAL TV, will speak.

Teams of department members will participate today in the U.S. Secret Service's National Police Challenge, a 50-kilometer relay competition. The event benefits COPS (Concerns of Police Survivors), an organization providing assistance to families of fallen officers.

During Police Week, Howard County police vehicles will display blue commemorative ribbons, and officers will wear black shrouds over their badges.

Festival offering `Evening with Waters'

The Columbia Festival of the Arts will present "An Evening with John Waters" at 6:30 p.m. today at the Spear Center, 10275 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia.

Waters is director of Hairspray, Serial Mom and Pink Flamingos.

The program includes a cocktail reception, sit-down dinner and open bar. Children are not allowed.

Tickets are $150; $1,500 for a table of 10.

Information: 410-715-3044 or www.columbiafestival.com.

Benefits counseling offered for veterans

As part of the 2007 Harley's Heroes Tour, military veterans in Howard County and surrounding areas can receive free counseling and assistance with government benefits from noon to 4 p.m. today 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 nationwide.

College Center holding 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 and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. tomorrow to talk to an adviser and be treated to breakfast or lunch.

"At-Your-Leisure Week" is intended to provide a convenient way for people 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: 866-228-6110 or www.laurelcollegecenter.org.

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. Monday at the Glenwood branch; Tuesday at the Savage branch; and Thursday 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.

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