Community Notes


May 27, 2007

Disability panel seeks nominees for awards

The Howard County Commission on Disability Issues is accepting nominations for its 2007 awards program, recognizing outstanding efforts to promote independence and full participation in community life for people with disabilities.

Categories for nominations include Employer of the Year, Service Provider, Accessibility Award - General and Universal Design, and Individual Achievement Award - General, Adult and Youth.

Additional consideration may be given to advocacy groups that engage people not usually associated with serving those with disabilities in efforts to improve their quality of life; personal or business initiatives that achieve a benefit or remove a barrier; and the development and execution of a creative plan for inclusion of people with disabilities in new areas of community life.

Nominees must live, work or provide service in Howard County.

Information: 410-313-6431, or and click on the link to the nomination form. Completed forms should be sent to the Commission on Disability Issues, 6751 Columbia Gateway Drive, No. 300, Columbia 21046.

Award winners will be recognized at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 4 at an awards celebration in the Banneker Room of the George Howard Building, Ellicott City.

Applicants sought for girls camp

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, are due Wednesday. 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

Applicants sought for Democratic panel

The Howard County Democratic Central Committee has announced a vacancy on the committee. Applicants must be registered Democrats in Howard County.

Interviews will be conducted at 7 p.m. June 27 at the office of the Howard County Democratic Central Committee, 7050 Oakland Mills Road, Columbia.

Applicants should submit a resume and letter outlining their political activities and reasons for applying to serve on the Howard County Democratic Central Committee.

Resumes and letters should be sent to HCDCC, P.O. Box 1363, Columbia 21044.

Information: Michael McPherson, 410-290-9791.

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 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 Friday will have a chance to win a $200 gas card.

Information: 800-GIVE-LIFE, or

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.

Information: 410-715-3103.

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