Community Notes

November 02, 2007

Training center open house tomorrow

Howard County government will hold an open house and offer tours of the new James N. Robey Public Safety Training Center from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. tomorrow. The center is at 2200 Scott Wheeler Drive, off Sand Hill Drive, in Marriottsville.

As part of Howard County's Community Readiness Week, the local Civil Air Patrol Howard Composite Squadron will hold field training exercises and the Police Department's Helicopter Operations Unit and K-9 Search Team will demonstrate their work.

The county's new Emergency Services Command Unit, which offers on-the-scene advanced technology to first responders, also will be on site.

Admission is free.

Information: 410-313-2022.

Phantom Masquerade Ball set tomorrow

Success in Style, a local nonprofit organization that provides free business attire to disadvantaged women who are seeking employment, will hold its Phantom Masquerade Ball from 7:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. tomorrow at Historic Oakland Manor, 5430 Vantage Point Road, Columbia.

An open bar and gourmet food, a mime, comedian and juggler Michael Rosman, a phantom pianist and other amusements are planned. Frank and Patricia Curreri will provide live dance music. A platinum and diamond necklace will be raffled. A gift will be presented to the wearer of the most fantastic costume, and one winner of the live auction will win a week's vacation in the south of France.

Tickets are $200. Masquerade masks and gifts for everyone are included. The event is black tie.

Information: 410-750-6475.

Environmental rally to be held tomorrow

The Sierra Club, Chesapeake Climate Action Network, Environment Maryland and League of Conservation Voters will sponsor a "Step-It-Up Rally for Global Warming Solutions" from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. tomorrow.

Del. Elizabeth Bobo and Joshua Feldmark, executive director of the county's Commission on the Environment and Sustainability, will speak.

The rally, which includes demonstrations and booths, will be held at the Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks headquarters, 7120 Oakland Mills Road, Columbia.

Information: 410-313-8826.

`Casino Night' benefit is tomorrow

The Coalition of Geriatric Services will hold its second "Casino Night" to help support programs the benefit needy senior citizens: the Vivian Reid Fund, which helps pay for emergency needs not covered by public funds, and Neighbor Ride, which provides transportation by volunteer drivers for Howard County residents ages 60 or older.

The event, which will include casino-style gaming, a buffet with beer and wine included, a cash bar, poker tournament, a disc jockey and dancing, a silent auction and raffles, will be held from 7 p.m. to midnight tomorrow at the Bain Center, 5470 Ruth Keeton Way, Columbia.

Tickets are $50.

Information: Christy Clark, 410-790-5073.

Fun fitness event is postponed

The Columbia Association's Fun Fitness Night Out for Middle-Schoolers, scheduled for Sunday has been postponed. It will be rescheduled at a later date.

Information: 410-715-5523.

New grocery store is opening today

A Trader Joe's market is scheduled to open this morning at the new Gateway Overlook shopping center in Columbia.

Billed as a "unique, neighborhood grocery store with foods and beverages from the exotic to the basic," the store plans to hold a ceremonial lei-cutting at 8:30 a.m. It will be officially open to shoppers at 9 a.m.

The 11,100-square-foot store is at 6610 Marie Curie Drive, off Route 175. Operating hours will be 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily.

Information: 410-953-8139.

Association begins fitness program

The Columbia Association has launched a program called Fit Beginnings, a physician-referral fitness initiative that links patients with personal trainers at the Columbia Athletic Club.

Patients who are referred to the program by their primary-care doctors will meet for 30 minutes twice a week with an association sport and fitness specialist over 60 days for a one-time fee of $60. The specialists, who are all certified personal trainers, will design a program based on the referring physician's guidelines. Participants do not have to be Columbia Association members to take part.

Upon completion of the program, participants will receive $30, or half the fee, as a reward or can credit the entire amount toward a Columbia Association membership.

Information: Carol Binzen, 410-715-5514.

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 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.

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