`Taste of Howard' for hospice today

COMMUNITY NOTES

October 21, 2007

Hospice of Howard County will hold its annual fundraiser, the Taste & Auction of Howard County, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. today at Turf Valley Resort in Ellicott City.

The event's theme will be Caribbean Dreamin' and will feature a steel-drum band, auction items and food provided by 20 Howard County restaurants. A 50/50 raffle and a raffle for a 2007 Mustang convertible are also planned.

Honorary co-chairs for the event are County Executive Ken Ulman and his wife, Jaki.

Tickets are $85 at the door. Proceeds will benefit Hospice of Howard County, which provides medical, emotional and spiritual services to people who are dying.

Information: www.hospiceof howardcounty.org.

Candidates sought for scholarship

The Columbia Association is seeking candidates for its annual Spirit of Columbia Scholarship Award, given each year to high school seniors who have shown extraordinary dedication to community service.

As many as six $2,500 scholarships will be awarded this year to graduating high school seniors who live on Columbia Association-assessed property or have a parent who works full time on assessed property. Candidates must have at least a "C" average, and a demonstrated history of voluntary service to the Columbia community.

Winners will be honored at a reception.

Applications are available at local high schools, Columbia community centers and Columbia Association headquarters (10221 Wincopin Circle). They can also be downloaded from www.columbiaassociation. org.

Applications must be submitted by March 1.

Information: 410-715-3175.

`Oliver!' production continues today

Shadow Block Production is continuing performances of the musical Oliver! at 3 p.m. today and 8 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, at the Drama Learning Center, 9130 Red Branch Road, Columbia.

Tickets to the production, based on Charles Dickens' Oliver Twist, are $15; $12 for seniors, students and groups. Reservations are recommended.

Information: 410-997-9352.

Discussion topic is sewer project

The Howard County Department of Public Works will hold a public meeting to inform residents about the design and construction of about 10 1/2 miles of the Little Patuxent parallel sewer project. The meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Banneker Room of the George Howard Building, 3430 Court House Drive, Ellicott City.

The project is necessary to increase the capacity of the sewer system. It will begin at the water reclamation plant in Savage and extend north through Savage Park; the villages of Kings Contrivance, Owen Brown, Oakland Mills, Wilde Lake and Dorsey's Search; Columbia Town Center; Lake Kittamaqundi, and Fairway Hills Golf Course, ending at Route 108.

Information: Lisa Brightwell, 410-313-3440.

Vendors sought for Kiwanis fair

The sixth annual Kiwanis fall craft fair and pancake breakfast will be held from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday at Kiwanis Wallas Park, Route 144 and U.S. 40 in Ellicott City.

Admission to the craft fair is free. The pancake breakfast costs $5.

Sellers are still needed; those who rent a table receive a free breakfast; children to age 8 eat for free. Spaces for sellers cost $15.

Proceeds will help pay for Kiwanis community service projects. Information: Gus Katsampis, 410-465-1891.

Women sought for Hall of Fame

The Howard County Commission for Women invites nominations of outstanding women for induction into the Women's Hall of Fame. The 12th annual Hall of Fame induction will honor women who have achieved distinction in their work, made lasting contributions to the community and improved the quality of life for other people.

Nominees must be natives of Howard County or have lived in the county for at least 10 consecutive years.

Nomination forms, which must be received by Nov. 16, are available online at www.howardcountymd.gov/CitizenServices/CS_Home Page.htm, at county libraries, or at the Gateway Building, 6751 Columbia Gateway Drive, Columbia. They also can be obtained by calling 410-313-6400.

Completed forms can be mailed to the Commission for Women, Women's Hall of Fame Committee, P.O. Box 348, Simpsonville 21150-0348. They should be sent with three letters of recommendation, a typed biographical account (limited to two pages) and a 5-inch-by-7- inch black-and-white head-and-shoulders photograph of the nominee.

Nominations are reviewed by an independent committee, which makes recommendations to the Women's Commission. The nominees will be honored at a public ceremony during Women's History Month in March.

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.

A men's support group is also available.

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

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