Lake walk Sunday to aid cancer patients

COMMUNITY NOTES

June 01, 2007

The Red Devils, a nonprofit volunteer organization, will sponsor its fifth Red Devils Heat and Sole Stroll at 10 a.m. Sunday, rain or shine, at Centennial Lake in Ellicott City. Registration is to begin at 9 a.m.

The 2.4-mile walk around the lake will help raise money for support services for Maryland breast cancer patients and their families. The organization pays for transportation to medical appointments and helps pay for co-payments for prescription drugs, house-cleaning, meals and groceries.

The Red Devils, named for the nickname of a powerful cancer drug, Adriamycin, was formed in 2002 by friends and family of Jessica Cowling and Ginny Schardt, two young women who lost their lives to breast cancer.

This year's race is dedicated to Ginny Worthington, mother of Ginny Schardt and a founding member of the group, who died of thyroid cancer in February.

Registration for the walk is $35; $70 for families. Everyone (including pets) is welcome to participate in the noncompetitive event.

Information: 410-323-0135, or www.the-red-devils.org.

Relay for Life set for today, tomorrow

The Howard County 2007 Relay for Life will be held today and tomorrow at Hammond High School in Columbia.

Teams organized by friends and relatives of cancer survivors, businesses, schools, churches and other organizations camp out all night, playing music, dancing and picnicking as members take turns walking or running around a track. Each team attempts to keep a member on the track through the night.

The event begins with a Survivors' Reception at 5 p.m. today; opening ceremonies will be held at 6:30 p.m., after which cancer survivors will take a traditional first lap around the track.

A Kids Walk for children to age 14 will begin with a musician leading the walkers around the track at 7:30 p.m. Luminarias dedicated to people or pets affected by cancer will be lighted at dusk. Closing ceremonies will be held at 8 a.m. tomorrow.

The national event raises money for the American Cancer Society. Last year's Howard County event raised more than $260,000.

Information: www. acsevents.org/relay/howard.

Ulman to help launch reading program

Howard County Executive Ken Ulman and his daughter, Maddie, 6, will be guest storytellers at the kickoff for the Howard County Library's summer reading program at 11 a.m. tomorrow at the east Columbia library, 6600 Cradlerock Way.

Registration for this year's program, "Reading Roadtrip," will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the east Columbia branch. Entertainment is to be provided by the Washington National Opera and Pam the Kindersinger. The event also will feature balloon creations by Pravin Ponnuri, face painting and other activities.

The program is designed to encourage children and their families to read for pleasure, introduce them to the library's resources and help children in school maintain their reading skills over the summer.

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 include people not usually associated with serving those with disabilities; 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 www.howardcountymd.gov/DS and click on the link to the nomination form. Completed forms should be sent by July 16 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.

Choral performance set for tomorrow

A choral performance by the Nightingales -- "Flights of Faith & Fantasy 2007" -- will be held at 4 p.m. tomorrow at Emory United Methodist Church, Church Road and Emory Street, Ellicott City.

Guests are to include Michael Britt, theater organist, and Marlee Lindon, flute soloist.

Information: 410 465-6162.

Orientation set for girls camp

An orientation for parents and girls who have applied for or are interested in Journey 2007, a residential summer camp for girls entering eighth and ninth grades, will be held from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday in the media center at Atholton High School.

The camp, offered through a partnership between the Women's Giving Circle of Howard County and Maryland Leadership Workshops Inc., 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; and 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 is $495.

Information or registration: Colleen Taggart-D'Agrosa, 301- 854-1107, or e-mail, womens givingcircle@comcast.net.

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