Community Notes


June 13, 2007

Human services and the Assembly

Members of the Howard County delegation will discuss the success or failure of human services initiatives during the 2007 session of the Maryland General Assembly at the next meeting of the Association of Community Services, to be held from noon to 1:30 p.m. June 20 at the Meeting House, 5885 Robert Oliver Place, in Oakland Mills village, Columbia.

The delegates will also discuss the 2008 legislative session and how the next budget may affect human services.

Those who attend can order lunch by completing and returning the lunch form at by Friday. Lunch is $7, payable at the door. Orders can be e-mailed to Participants are also welcome to take a lunch to the meeting.

The association has moved to 10480 Little Patuxent Parkway, Suite 920, Columbia. The organization's new telephone number is 410-715-9545; fax, 410-715-9547.

Affordable housing to be topic today

The Columbia Democratic Club will sponsor a discussion on affordable housing at 8 p.m. today at Jeffers Hill Neighborhood Center, 6030 Tamar Drive in Columbia.

Rev. Robert A.F. Turner, who serves on the Howard County Housing Task Force, will be the keynote speaker. He is scheduled to be joined by Casey Spann, head of the county's Department of Housing and Community Development; William Ross, a member of the Howard County Housing Commission; Tim Sosinski, an architect who serves on the Columbia Housing Corp. Board; and Bob Buchmeier, a member of the Interfaith Committee for Affordable Housing.

$3,000 grant to benefit `green' education

The Columbia Foundation has awarded the Green Building Institute of Jessup a $3,000 project grant for an educational program, "Go Green, Save Green."

The free class, which is open only to individuals who earn $25,000 or less annually and families whose income is $50,000 or less, will be held from 8:45 a.m. to noon Dec. 1 at the institute's offices, 7761 Waterloo Road, Jessup.

The program will present information and demonstrations of natural lighting, renewable building materials, solar hot water and electrical systems, passive solar design and other inexpensive and environmentally friendly resources for homes and apartments.

The nonprofit institute also offers "How to be Green," a one-day seminar open to everyone.

Information or registration: 443-733-1234, or Registration for the Green building Institute E-newsletter is available at the Web site.

Soroptimist group plans dinner meeting

Soroptimist of Howard County, a local chapter of the international volunteer service organization for business and professional women, will meet for dinner at 6:15 p.m. June 21 at Bob Evans Restaurant, 4900 Beaver Run Court, off Route 100, Ellicott City.

Hanah Cho, a Sun reporter, will discuss women's earning power and equal pay for equal work.

Soroptimist has present two "unsung heroine" awards: Lucy Wang of Howard High School received the Soroptimist Book Award at a ceremony May 23; Rubab Ali of Mount Hebron High School also received an award on May 24. Both received $100 gift certificates to Barnes and Noble Booksellers.

The winners were honored for being responsible school citizens, willing volunteers and community leaders.

The Howard County club meets on the third Thursday of each month.

Information: Karen Trennepohl, 410-750-9413.

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. today 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.

Travel to Cooperstown to see Ripken honored

The Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks will sponsor a trip to Cooperstown, N.Y., to see Cal Ripken Jr. inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.

The trip, which includes accommodation for three nights at the Best Western Binghamton Regency, one dinner, three breakfasts and admission to the Baseball Hall of Fame and the induction ceremony, will run from 9 a.m. July 27 to 4 p.m. July 30.

The cost is $449 for double accommodation; $399 triple; $289 quadruple; and $499 for single. Transportation by fully equipped motor coach is included.

An information meeting will be held at 7 p.m. June 26 at Recreation and Parks headquarters, 7120 Oakland Mills Road, Columbia. Registration is due by Monday.

Information: 410-313-4634. Registration: 410-313-7275, or

Neighbor Ride needs volunteer drivers

Neighbor Ride, a volunteer-based supplemental transportation program for Howard County residents ages 60 and older, is seeking drivers for daytime, evening and weekend service.

Neighbor Ride volunteer orientations are scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday and noon June 29 at Neighbor Ride's office, 8808 Centre Park Drive.

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