Community Notes


May 25, 2007

Red Cross seeks blood donors

The Greater Chesapeake and Potomac Region of the Red Cross is expecting a significant decline in blood donations as the Memorial Day weekend approaches, resulting in a dangerously low community blood supply.

The Red Cross is urging eligible blood donors to call 800-GIVE-LIFE to schedule a donation as soon as possible.

Platelet donors should call 800-272-2123 to schedule an appointment.

Donors must be in generally good health; at least 17 years old or in Maryland, age 16 with written parental consent; weigh 110 pounds or more; and have not received a tattoo within the past year or donated whole blood within the past 56 days.

Those who donate blood before June 4 will receive a limited edition Red Cross T-shirt and a Kiss the Donor apron, and will be entered into a raffle to win four tickets to a Friday night Orioles' home game. Those who donate before June 1 will have a chance to win a $200 gas card.

Information: 800-GIVE-LIFE. Or visit

Kiwanis Club meets Monday evenings

The Kiwanis Club of Ellicott City, an organization of volunteers, meets at 6:45 p.m. Mondays at the Kiwanis Wallas Hall, 3300 Norbets Way, Ellicott City.

Everyone is welcome.

Information: Harry Slade, 410-418-8218.

Five-day camp slated for seniors

Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks will sponsor a Summer Camp for Seniors, ages 55 and older, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 11-15 at the Bain Center, 5470 Ruth Keeton Way, Columbia.

Activities are to include arts and crafts, health and fitness, canoeing, nature studies and indoor rock-climbing.

The cost is $110 for the five-day camp, and includes supplies, lessons, a camp T-shirt and one lunch. Transportation will be provided to all activities.

Information or registration: 410-313-7320 or 410-313-7279.

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.

CAC has a new Internet site

The Community Action Council of Howard County has launched its new Web site:

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.

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 have coins, 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: 911. For nonemergencies: 410-313-2200.

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'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 cost of the camp is $495. Applications, available at middle schools or at www.womens, are due Wednesday.

Information or registration: 301-854-1107.

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