Community Notes

November 30, 2007

Parks department holds Holiday Mart

The Howard Count Department of Recreation and Parks will hold its 2007 Holiday Mart - a juried arts and crafts show that includes entertainment, door prizes, a children's craft corner and photographs with Frosty - from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. tomorrow at Centennial High School, 4300 Centennial Lane, Ellicott City.

Admission is $3 at the door; $1 for children ages 3 to 12.

Information: 410-313-7275; TTY, 410-313-4665.

Symphony of Lights open through Jan. 5

The Symphony of Lights, a display benefiting Maternal Child Services at Howard County General Hospital, is open to vehicles and this year, groups of walkers, through Jan. 5.

The display of more than 70 giant animated and stationary light creations is open from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week, including holidays.

Admission is $20 a car for vehicles of up to 11 passengers; those holding 12-24 passengers pay $35; and buses of 25 or more passengers pay $125.

Groups of 50 or more may walk through the display between 4:30 p.m. and 5:45 p.m. The cost is $5 a person.


Teens and driving to be program topic

The central library and HC DrugFree will co-sponsor "Dangerous and Destructive Decisions: Teen Drinking, Speeding and Distracted Driving," an interactive program for parents and high school students on avoiding the tragic consequences of hazardous behavior.

The program will be from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday at the library, 10375 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia. It will be presented by Laurel Stiff, a Maryland Shock Trauma Center nurse from PADDD (Positive Alternatives to Dangerous and Destructive Decisions).

Registration is required. Those who want to attend should call or visit the branch.

Information or registration: 410-313-7860.

Singers needed to harmonize

Men who enjoy singing holiday songs are invited to participate in December performances with the Heart of Maryland Barbershop Chorus.

Experience and long-term commitment are not required. There are no dues.

Rehearsals are held from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesdays at Trinity United Methodist Church, 2100 Westchester Ave., Catonsville.

Information: 410-788-4595 or

Richardson Award applicants sought

Soroptimist International of Howard County is seeking applicants for its Violet Richardson Award, recognizing girls 14 to 17 who volunteer in their schools or communities.

Applications, which are due tomorrow, Dec. 1 are available from high school counselors or from Eileen Singleton: 410-461-5486 or

The winner of the local award will receive $250; an additional $250 will be donated to a charity of her choice. The winning application will also be entered into the Soroptimist South Atlantic Region competition, in which the winner and her chosen charity each receive $1,000.

Soroptimist is an international volunteer service organization for business and professional women. The organization works to improve the lives of women and girls in communities around the world.

Information: Karen Trennepohl, 410-750-9413.

Emergency planning to be seminar topic

The Community Emergency Response Network and the Neighbor-to-Neighbor Program of Howard County are presenting "Communication is the Key," a one-hour seminar designed to help older adults prepare for unexpected emergencies.

Participants can learn how to create an emergency kit and tag home equipment in the event of lost power, water or heat. Discussion will focus on the importance of establishing a community or neighborhood network of support before an emergency or disaster occurs.

The seminar will be offered at:

10 a.m. Tuesday at Glenwood Senior Center

1 p.m. Tuesday at East Columbia Senior Center

10 a.m. Thursday at Guilford Gardens.

Information or registration: 410-313-5952.

Registration today for gardening class

Registration is due today for the master gardener training program offered by the Maryland Cooperative Extension, Howard County office. New and experienced gardeners are invited to register.

The training will cover topics related to sustainable gardening and the environmental impact of gardening practices.

Training is to be held from 9 a.m. to noon Mondays and Wednesdays, Jan. 28 to March 31, at the extension office in Ellicott City. The cost is $160.

Participants are expected to volunteer time to educate consumers. Anyone with a keen interest in gardening is welcome; those with skills or interests such as writing, graphics and computers are needed.

Information or for a registration packet: 410-313-2707.

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