Community Notes


May 16, 2007

ACS to announce award winners

The Association of Community Services will announce winners of its Audrey Robbins Humanitarian Awards for 2007 and distribute the awards at its 32nd humanitarian awards luncheon to be held from noon to 2 p.m. today at the Meeting House in Oakland Mills, Columbia. Terry Owens of WMAR-TV News will be master of ceremonies.

Joe Willmott has been named Volunteer of the Year for his work with youth through the A-OK Mentoring program, the Homelessness Board and Congregations Concerned for the Homeless.

Linda Zumbrun of the Department of Social Services has been named Employee of the Year.

The Employee Team of the Year is the Mobile Crisis Team, which responds to psychiatric emergencies, family crises and conflict, traumatic deaths and other emergencies. The team is a partnership of Grassroots, Humanim, the Howard County Police Department and the Mental Health Authority.

Prepare for Success Community Partnership, a program that since 2002 has provided 8,700 students with backpacks filled with school supplies, is Volunteer Team of the Year.

Cancer-affected artists to display their work

Lilly Oncology on Canvas, an art exhibit by people whose lives have been touched by cancer, will be on display at the Howard County Conservancy on Thursday and Friday and at the Mall in Columbia on Sunday.

Fifty artworks coming to Howard County were selected from 2,151 entries in an international art competition sponsored by Eli Lilly and Co. The local exhibit is sponsored by Howard County General Hospital, the conservancy, the Howard County Arts Council and several local oncology practices.

A reception, which will include light refreshments, will be held from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. tomorrow at the conservancy. For complimentary tickets: 410-740-7601.

The exhibit will be open to the public at the conservancy from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and at the mall from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Selections from the exhibit will be at the sponsoring oncology practices from Monday through May 23.

Information: 410-720-8759.

Applications available for camp for girls

Through a partnership with the Women's Giving Circle of Howard County and Maryland Leadership Workshops Inc., applications are available for Journey 2007, a residential summer camp for girls entering eighth and ninth grades in the fall.

The camp for 50 Howard County girls will run from June 24 through June 30 at Washington College in Chestertown. Students in the program will live in the college dorms, eat in the cafeteria and experience a collegiate atmosphere.

The camp is a part of the Women's Giving Circle's efforts to support young girls during a formative time in their lives. The camp's program includes workshops on empowerment and motivation; communication and decision-making skills; goal-setting and conflict resolution; group projects; mentoring; and recreational activities such as swimming, athletics, dance, and team-building games and activities.

The theme of "Womanhood and what it means to be a woman" will be addressed throughout the program.

The cost of the camp is $495. Applications, available at middle schools or at www.womens, are due May 30. An orientation for parents and girls will be held from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. June 3 in the media center at Atholton High School.

Information or registration: Colleen Taggart-D'Agrosa, 301-854- 1107 or e-mail, womensgiving

Moderate-housing lottery deadline near

Howard County's open application period for the Moderate Income Housing Unit Program ends May 23.

The program requires developers of new housing in certain districts to sell or rent a certain percentage of the dwelling units to households of moderate income.

The first lottery for applicants certified as eligible will be held in June.

Information: 410-313-6318, or

I-95 ramp closures set today, tomorrow

As part of the State Highway Administration's $15 million safety and resurfacing project along Interstate 95 between Routes 32 and 100, the southbound I-95 ramp to eastbound Route 100 will be closed today and the westbound Route 32 ramp to southbound I-95 will be closed tomorrow, weather permitting.

The ramps are to be closed between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m. Detours will be posted, the SHA said.

Information: 301-624-8100 or 800-635-5119.

Slave quarters renovation complete

The Columbia Association will hold a Jubilee to celebrate the renovation of the Woodlawn Slave Quarters at 3 p.m. Sunday at Woodlawn, off Bendix Road in Columbia.

Parking and shuttle vans will be available at the Dorsey Building, 9250 Bendix Road. After tours of the site and a ribbon-cutting, a reception will be held from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at Oakland Manor, 5430 Vantage Point Road, Columbia.

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