Stream cleanup to be held tomorrow

VOLUNTEER NOTES

June 01, 2007

In observance of National River Cleanup Week, Friends of the Patapsco Valley and Heritage Greenway will hold a stream cleanup from 9 a.m. to noon tomorrow at the Patapsco River. Volunteers are needed.

The group will meet off Oella Avenue, in the unpaved parking area across from the Trolley Stop Restaurant, just past the bridge over the Patapsco River, which separates Baltimore and Howard counties.

Parking is available in Parking Lot A, next to the Trolley Stop Restaurant. Wear comfortable shoes and clothing (long pants and shirts) to protect against underbrush and insects. Those willing to go into the water should wear appropriate clothes and boots. Sunscreen and insect repellent are recommended.

The event will be rescheduled in case of rain. If there is light rain, call 410-480-0824. For a map of the area: www.ellicott city.net/tourism/parking/ road_map/index.html.

Cleanups are also planned for June 22, July 15 and Aug. 3.

Advocates sought for at-risk children

Voices for Children, a nonprofit organization, is seeking volunteers to be court-appointed advocates and mentors to abused, neglected and at-risk children in Howard County.

Voices for Children is part of the National Court Appointed Special Advocate Association, which provides advocates for children involved with the juvenile court system.

Volunteers must be at least 21, complete a 30-hour training program and undergo a background check. They will work with children, their families, agency professionals and the courts to ensure that the children are safe and receive appropriate services.

Information or for an application: 410-740-0933, or Voices for Children, 5550 Sterrett Place, Suite 215, Columbia.

Columbia City Fair seeks volunteers

The Columbia City Fair Committee, a subcommittee of the Columbia 40th Birthday Task Force, is seeking volunteers for its city fair, a celebration to be held June 29, 30 and July 1 at the Columbia Lakefront.

The event will include rides for children, food, entertainment, arts-and-crafts vendors and community exhibits.

Information: www.columbia birthday.com or e-mail, cityfair @columbiaassociation.com.

Columbia's 40th birthday will be celebrated Wednesday through July 15.

Assistance needed for disaster work

The Volunteer Center Serving Howard County, in cooperation with the Community Emergency Response Network, is recruiting and referring volunteers to local nonprofit and government agencies to help with disaster preparedness and recovery.

A disaster volunteer orientation will be held from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Volunteer Center, 10221 Wincopin Circle, Columbia.

Volunteer Mobilization Center training, in which members of the community will be taught to assist the volunteer center in registering volunteers to help in the event of a disaster, will be held from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. July 10 at the same location.

Registration is required for both programs.

Information or registration: 410-715-3179.

Theater company needs assistance

Volunteers are needed for traffic and crowd control and as ushers, gate-watchers and parking attendants for the Chesapeake Shakespeare Company In-The-Ruins productions of Henry V and As You Like It today, and June 8, 15, 22, 29 and July 6 at Patapsco Female Institute Historic Park, 3691 Sarah's Lane, Ellicott City.

Volunteers are needed before, during and after the performances.

The park is owned and operated by Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks.

Information: 410-465-8500.

Send volunteer announcements to howard.events@baltsun.com or fax to 410-715-2816.

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