Community Notees

September 14, 2007

Habitat for Humanity benefit is tomorrow

Habitat for Humanity of Howard County is holding a 5K run/walk at 8 a.m. tomorrow, starting and ending at Copeland's restaurant on Little Patuxent Parkway. Registration is $25, and prize money is awarded.

Funds raised will go to help Habitat build homes for people in need in Howard County. The course runs through Wilde Lake and is one of only two recognized and nationally certified courses in Maryland. More than 200 runners are expected.

All registrants will receive T-shirts, and there will be music and a DJ. The first three runners will receive portions of $1,000 in prize money and others can receive other prizes.

Copeland's will provide a complimentary brunch, including fruit, breakfast sandwiches and drinks for the runners and their families after the race. Other local businesses are also supporting the event.

ACS is planning to `Meet the Press'

The Association of Community Services will "Meet the Press" at its monthly meeting from noon to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Meeting House, 5885 Robert Oliver Place, Columbia.

Representatives from local newspapers will offer insights on how to get stories about human services into the newspapers and on their Web sites.

Admission is free. Those who attend are welcome to take a lunch or order one. Lunch orders must be received by fax (410-715-9547), e-mail (info@acs hoco.org) or online (www.acshoco.org/ lunch-sept.php) today.

Information: 410-715-9545, or www.acshoco.org.

Fraternity starting coat drive tomorrow

The Columbia alumni chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc. will conduct a coat drive tomorrow, and Oct. 20, Nov. 17 and Dec. 15.

Coats may be dropped off from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. tomorrow at the Giant Food store on Centre Park Drive, off Route 108, in Ellicott City. County organizations and local churches are being contacted to arrange for the coats to be distributed to those who need them.

Information: 443-812-2467.

Bull & Shrimp Feast tomorrow at fire hall

The Savage Volunteer Fire Company will hold a Bull & Shrimp Feast at 7 p.m. tomorrow at the fire hall, 8925 Lincoln St., Savage.

The cost is $32 in advance; $37 at the door. Food and drinks are included. Food will be available from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.; dancing is expected to continue until midnight.

Information or to reserve tickets: Kristin Cox, 301-347-1251.

Discussion Thursday on immigration

The League of Women Voters of Howard County will sponsor a discussion on immigration with community leaders from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday in the Banneker Room of the George Howard Building, 3430 Court House Drive, Ellicott City.

Donald Kerwin, executive director of the Catholic Legal Immigration Network Inc., will give an overview of immigration law. The impact of immigration on families and employment also will be discussed.

The program will be broadcast live on Gtv channels 70 and 44.

The discussion will continue at community sessions to be held from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Oct. 2 at the Miller branch library, 9421 Frederick Road, Ellicott City, and 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Oct. 10 at Laurel Woods Elementary School, 9250 North Laurel Road, North Laurel.

The programs are being presented in partnership with the Howard County Office of Human Rights, the Howard County Commission for Women, the Howard County Health Department, and Howard County Library and Gtv.

The League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan political organization, encourages informed, active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and to influence public policy through education and advocacy.

Information: 410-730-0142, or www.howard.lwvmd.org.

Fundraiser planned for tomorrow

Tickets are on sale for the Hope Gala, a fundraising event for the Domestic Violence Center of Howard County.

The event, which will honor state Sen. James N. Robey, features celebrity waiters for the black-tie-optional gala dinner and dance. It will be held from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. tomorrow at the Kossiakoff Center of the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory in North Laurel.

Robey is being honored for his continuing support of the Domestic Violence Center. The nonprofit agency provides emergency and long-term shelter, legal assistance, counseling, intervention in abuse cases and a 24-hour telephone line to individuals and families in crisis.

Tickets to the Hope Gala are $150. Information or to purchase tickets: Kelly Wardenfelt, 410-997-0304, or www.dvcenter.org.

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. the first Wednesday of each month.

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

Information: 410-740-5858.

Tubman celebration scheduled tomorrow

The Harriet Tubman Foundation of Howard County Inc. will sponsor Harriet Tubman Day 2007 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. tomorrow 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.

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.

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