Community Notes

August 22, 2007

Vendors sought for housing fair

The Howard County Department of Housing and Community Development is seeking vendors for its Come Home to Howard County housing fair, to be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 29 at Wilde Lake High School, 5460 Trumpeter Road, Columbia.

The fair is designed for individuals and families who want information on home ownership or rental opportunities and financing, as well as Howard County programs, services and amenities. Educational workshops, hands-on seminars for homebuyers and giveaways are planned. Admission is free.

Sponsors are welcome.

Information: Christopher Julien, 410-313-6343.

Restaurant to hold hospital fundraiser

The Melting Pot restaurant in Wilde Lake Village Center, Columbia, will hold a fundraiser for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, a cause the company has supported with donations nationwide of more than $2 million. The hospital in Memphis, Tenn., specializes in treating childhood cancer and other catastrophic diseases.

The event will be held from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Aug. 30 at the restaurant, 10451 Twin Rivers Road. Those who attend can sample each of the restaurant's dishes, including cheeses, chicken, shrimp, tuna, filet mignon and chocolates, prepared fondue-style.

The cost is $35; $15 for children to age 18. Cocktails are included.

Proceeds will be donated to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. The restaurant's servers are also donating their earnings for the night.

Information or reservations: 410-740-9988.

Safe driving urged in work zones

After the recent accident on U.S. 29 near the Howard-Montgomery county line in which two highway workers were killed and three were injured, the Maryland State Highway Administration is urging motorists to reduce speed and stay alert when passing through work zones.

According to an announcement by the administration, more than 2,200 work-zone-related crashes last year resulted in the loss of 13 lives and injury to 1,072 people.

Motorists are urged to learn the location of active work zones (, slow down, stay alert and drive carefully.

Soroptimist holding a picnic tomorrow

Soroptimist of Howard County will start its new club year with a picnic at 6:15 p.m. tomorrow at Patapsco Female Institute in Ellicott City.

A brief business meeting will include discussion of projects and fundraisers for the fall.

Soroptimist is an international volunteer service organization for business and professional women that works to improve the lives of women and girls around the world. Those interested in community service are invited to attend.

Information: Joan Webb Scornaienchi, 410-290-0436.

Comments taken on bus service cuts

The Corridor Transportation Corp. is accepting comments on service cuts and fare increases that have been proposed for Laurel-based Connect-A-Ride buses.

The changes in Connect-A-Ride are being proposed in response to a deficit in CTC's budget.

In response to investment by Howard County, Howard Transit's services on the Gold, Purple and Blue routes are to be extended.

Comments will be accepted through Sept. 7.

CTC, a private nonprofit corporation, has managed public transportation services in the Baltimore-Washington corridor since 1989.

Seventy percent of its riders use the services to commute to and from work.

Information: 301-725-4000, or

Back-to-School Picnic canceled

The Back-to-School Picnic sponsored by the Columbia Association's Teen Advisory Committee and the Middle School Advisory Committee, and scheduled for Friday at Lake Elkhorn Park in Columbia, has been canceled.

Information: 410-715-5523.

Red Cross calling for blood donors

The Greater Chesapeake and Potomac Region of the Red Cross has announced that the community blood supply remains at crisis level and is urging eligible blood donors to call 800-GIVE-LIFE to schedule a donation.

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 not have received a tattoo within the past year or donated whole blood within the past 56 days.

Those who give blood will receive an "It's Hip to Give" T-shirt and a chance to win a $250 gas card in a weekly raffle.

Information: 800-GIVE-LIFE.

Kiwanis Club meets Monday evenings

The Kiwanis Club of Ellicott City, an organization of community volunteers, meets at 6:45 p.m. Monday at the Kiwanis Wallis Hall, 2300 Norbets Way, Ellicott City.

Everyone is welcome.

Information: Harry Slade, 410-418-8218.

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