Community Notes


June 08, 2007

County library catalog expanded

The Howard County Library catalog, AquaBrowser, has been expanded to offer additional resources. Researchers will no longer receive a "no results found" message when searching; every search will yield results.

Customers are now able to enter any keyword and receive a broad list of possible topics and categories. The list includes the library's calendar of events and electronic databases, as well as the American Memory Collection from the Library of Congress, and medical Web sites from the National Library of Medicine and National Institutes of Health.

Searches can be narrowed by format (for instance, digital video discs) or target audience (for example, children). A search for "gardening," for example, can yield books, Web sites, magazines and DVDs from the library's collection, as well as listings for library events, photographs and early motion picture clips from the American Memory Collection and health information from MedlinePlus.

The AquaBrowser catalog has been available at the Howard County Library since January 2006.

The library is also offering one-on-one instructional sessions on using computer technology for research, writing, editing and downloading electronic books and music.

Sessions are available at all branches. The service is free.

Information: 410-313-7890, or

Society for Sight fundraiser tomorrow

The Maryland Society for Sight, an organization founded in 1909 to prevent blindness and preserve sight, will sponsor "Traditions in Vision," a fundraiser to support the society's work, tomorrow at Toby's Dinner Theater, 5625 O'Donnell St., Baltimore, in the Best Western Hotel and Conference Center.

Doors open at 6 p.m. A buffet dinner will be served at 6:15 p.m. and a show - Fiddler on the Roof - is to begin at 8 p.m. A raffle, and live and online auctions are also planned.

Tickets are $55.

Information: 410-243-2020, or

Karaoke Extravaganza for kids tomorrow

The Columbia Association Middle School Advisory Committee will sponsor a Karaoke Extravaganza for middle school youth from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. tomorrow at Columbia Teen Center, 5853 Robert Oliver Place, in Oakland Mills Village Center.

All middle-schoolers are invited to sing, play games and win door prizes. Admission is $5. Individuals and groups are welcome.

Information: 410-715-5523.

Rescued horses can be adopted

Arabians, quarterhorses, thoroughbreds, standardbreds, paints and other rescued horses are available for adoption from Days End Farm Horse Rescue Inc. in Lisbon. Many of the horses have been impounded by animal control and brought to the farm to regain their health.

Visitors are welcome to tour the farm from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily. Those interested in adopting a horse should call for an appointment. Horses available for adoptions have had medical examinations, vaccinations and have had their feet trimmed and been wormed.

Pictures and description of the horses are at www.defhr. org/horses/horses.htm. Photographs of horses still in rehabilitation but available for sponsorship can be seen at the same Web address.

The farm is at 15856 Frederick Road, near Routes 144 and 94. Information: 301-854-5037 or 410-442-1564.

Twenty-four horses rescued from a farm in Sharpsburg are among those available for adoption at Days End. Horses rescued from the Sharpsburg facility and still waiting for homes can also be seen at the Human Society of Washington County (301-733-2060, Ext. 237) and at Pheasant Hill Farm, Adamstown (301-639-8994.)

Relatives as Parents group to meet

Relatives as Parents (formerly Grandparents as Parents), an information and support group for those raising the children of relatives, will meet from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Bain Center, 5470 Ruth Keeton Way, Columbia.

The group, which meets on the second Wednesday of each month, offers information, referrals and other services.

Information: 410-381-4800 or 410-313-1940.

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.

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