Community Notes

August 31, 2007

Project to combat drunken driving

The State Highway Administration, AAA Mid-Atlantic and Yellow Cab have announced a "Tipsy? Taxi! Campaign" for the Labor Day holiday. The project, which began last year, is designed to combat drunken driving on holidays.

The program provides a free taxi ride home to anyone age 21 or older who has been drinking at a restaurant or bar in Baltimore from 8 p.m. to 4 p.m. tomorrow and Sunday, and from 4 p.m. to 4 a.m. Labor Day. For those who live outside Baltimore, the program will pay for the first $50 of the fare. The rider is responsible for the rest.

Those who plan to drink during the holiday are urged not to drive. To use the free taxi service in the Baltimore area, call 877-963-TAXI.

The free taxi service is running concurrently with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's "Drunk Driving: Over The Limit. Under Arrest" campaign aimed at reducing highway fatalities.

Grand Prix raffle offers 20 prizes

In celebration of the 20th annual Columbia Classic Grand Prix, the Howard Community College Educational Foundation and the Grand Prix Advisory Board will offer 20 prizes as part of the Grand Prix raffle.

The grand prize is a choice of a 2008 Mercedes-Benz sport utility vehicle or roadster.

Other prizes include gift certificates from 20 local restaurants; golf packages; a Maryland Terrapins basketball package; a Nag's Head, N.C. getaway; two club-level Ravens tickets; and a Rep Stage theater party for 20 that includes a backstage tour.

The Columbia Classic Grand Prix features world-class equestrians competing on a course of obstacles, jumps, twists and turns. The event, which includes exhibitions, pony rides, boutiques and children's activities, raises scholarship funds for Howard Community College students.

The event will be held Sept. 23 at the Howard Community College campus, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia. Gates open at 10 a.m. Tickets are $8-$200.

Raffle tickets cost $100 each or three for $250.

Information or to purchase tickets: 410-772-4450 or www.howardcc.edu/grandprix.

Widows, widowers meet once a month

Howard County Young Widows and Widowers, a support and social group, meets from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. on the first Wednesday of each month.

The group offers an opportunity to meet new friends in a supportive atmosphere.

Information: 410-740-5858.

Harriet Tubman celebration Sept. 15

The Harriet Tubman Foundation of Howard County Inc. will sponsor Harriet Tubman Day 2007 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 15 on the grounds of Atholton High School, 6520 Freetown Road, Columbia.

The theme for this year's event is "Sharing Our History." Alumni of Cooksville and Harriet Tubman high schools and other guests have been invited.

Harriet Tubman High School, a segregated school for African-Americans, opened in 1948 and remained segregated until it was closed in 1965, said Howard Lyles, chairman of the Harriet Tubman Foundation of Howard County Inc.

The Harriet Tubman High School Class of 1957 will be honored on the occasion of its 50th class reunion, which will be held from noon to 5 p.m.

Information: Bessie Bordenave, 443-280-1935 or Howard Lyles, 410-988-9701.

Post-divorce support groups

The National Family Resiliency Center is accepting enrollment for support groups for children and teens ages 5 to 18 whose parents are separated, divorced or remarried.

The groups, which are organized by age, focus on the needs of the children, who learn that they are not different from others in similar circumstances. Children and youth learn skills to express their feelings in the setting of the support group, and in their families.

Parents and family members are included in the final two sessions.

Registration is required.

Information: Lauren Woodfork or Kathy Helt, 410-740-9553, Ext. 200 or e-mail, sales@divorceabc.com.

The fee, which is based on family income, ranges from $10 to $50 a session. The center is a private, nonprofit charitable organization.

40th-birthday items available

Souvenir items from Columbia's 40th-birthday celebration are still available to purchase.

"Columbia 40" banners will hang on light poles around Town Center until the end of the year, then will be for sale for a $40 donation to the Columbia Foundation. The banners, which cost $155 each, are being donated by General Growth Properties in the hope of raising money for the Columbia Foundation 40th Birthday Fund, to be used to fund local services and programs.

To reserve a banner for purchase: Anne Ford, 410-992-6500.

Wine bottled by Basignani Winery with a "Happy Birthday Columbia" label is available for sale at Allview Liquors, Bun Penny and Iron Bridge Wine Company, which is also selling the wine by the glass.

Cases of the wine are available from the winery. Visit www.columbia40.com/specialsdiscounts.htm for an order form.

Reprinted Columbia neighborhood posters designed by Gail Holliday starting in 1967 have been reduced from $35 to $20 each; the 40th-birthday poster has been reduced from $25 to $10. The posters can be purchased at the customer service desk at The Mall in Columbia or by calling Anne Ford, 410-992-6500.

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