Community Notes

May 23, 2007

A chance to take part in oral history project

As part of the Columbia Festival of the Arts LakeFest celebration, Columbia Archives and the Howard County Library will present the inaugural piece of the This Is Your Life Project on June 9 and 10.

The 40th Birthday Oral History Project will offer residents an opportunity to be interviewed about their lives in Columbia; the interviews will be recorded and will become part of the archive's permanent collection. Those interviewed will receive a copy of their recording.

Interviews will be conducted from noon to 5 p.m. June 9 and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. June 10 at the Columbia Archives, 10227 Wincopin Circle, in Columbia Town Center.

A display of photographs depicting highlights of Columbia's 40-year history will be the backdrop for the oral history project.

Information: 410-715-3103.

Spirit of Columbia Scholarship winners

The Columbia Association has announced the winners of its Spirit of Columbia Scholarship Award. Brittany Dunbar of Harper's Choice is a student at Wilde Lake High School; Laura Hamilton of Owen Brown is a student at Oakland Mills High School.

Both are active in community and charitable programs; they will each receive a $2,500 scholarship to be used for college tuition.

Brittany and Laura will be recognized at an awards reception at 6:30 p.m. tomorrow at Columbia Association headquarters.

CAC has a new Internet site

The Community Action Council of Howard County has launched its new Web site: http:--cac-hc.org.

The organization provides programs and emergency services for low-income individuals and families in Howard County, promoting self-sufficiency and awareness of the needs of low-income people in the larger community.

Eligibility requirements for participation in the council's programs, which receive funding from government, private organizations and local businesses, are available on the Web site. The Community Action Council served about 2,600 families during the last fiscal year.

Grants to provide. pool memberships

In partnership with the Columbia Foundation, the family of the late Ann Scherr, former director of community services at the Columbia Association, has established the Ann Scherr Fund to provide scholarships for summer pool memberships.

The grants will help needy families pay a reduced rate offered by the Columbia Association.

Scherr, who died in 2005, was concerned to see that services and facilities such as after-school care, camps and pool memberships should be available to all residents. Her family and friends have established the fund in her memory.

To request an application: 410-730-1801.

Memorial Day closings listed

Howard County government offices, courts, the animal shelter, library branches and the landfill will be closed in observance of the Memorial Day holiday Monday.

Library branches will also be closed Sunday.

There will be no recycling or trash service Monday; trash will be collected Tuesday for Monday and Tuesday routes. Recycling for Monday routes will be collected June 4.

Parking meters must be fed, and parking regulations will be in effect on Memorial Day.

The 911 Center, police and fire departments are staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week. For emergencies, call 911. For non-emergencies, call 410-313-2200.

Drug court to hold its 5th graduation

Howard County District Court's DUI/Drug Treatment Court will hold its fifth graduation ceremony at 4:30 p.m. today in Courtroom 5 of the Court Multiservice Building, 3451 Court House Drive, Ellicott City.

The graduation is being held during National Drug Court Month.

Howard County's program, an alternative to incarceration, provides treatment, supervision and comprehensive judicial monitoring to habitual offenders whose crimes are driven by addiction.

The program is a collaboration among the Maryland judiciary, Division of Parole and Probation, state's attorney's office, public defender's office, county Police Department, county Health Department and substance-abuse treatment providers.

The county's drug court was established in 2004; the DUI (driving under the influence) program was added in 2005.

Girls summer camp to start June 24

Through a partnership between 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 givingcircle.org, 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, womens givingcircle@comcast.net.

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