Giving trees help Success in Style

COMMUNITY NOTES

December 09, 2007

Success In Style, a local nonprofit that provides business attire and coaching to disadvantaged women seeking employment, is displaying two Holiday Giving Trees, at the Maplelawn branch of Howard Bank, 10985 Johns Hopkins Road, North Laurel, and at Keller Williams Realty Centre, 6230 Old Dobbin Lane, Suite 150, Columbia.

The trees, made of white shimmery material and decorated with pink purses and black pumps, represent the contributions of Success in Style to the community; the organization has helped more than 1,000 women find meaningful employment in the past six years.

Contributions are gratefully accepted.

Those shopping online can donate a portion of the price of their purchase by going to www.goodsearch.com and designating Success In Style.

A portion of gifts ordered from the Community Giving page at www.giftstotreasureinc.com will be donated to Success in Style.

Talk to focus on Columbia's past

The Columbia Archives will present a talk by archives manager Barbara Kellner on "Finding History Where You Live" at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Historic Oakland, 5430 Vantage Point Road, Columbia.

The program will focus on Columbia's ties to its agrarian past through the business of horse racing and will include some recent history.

Admission is free, but registration is encouraged. The Columbia Archives is at 10227 Wincopin Circle in Columbia's Town Center.

Information: 410-715-3103.

Autism group to screen movie

The Howard County Autism Society and AMC Columbia 14 at the Columbia Mall will present Alvin and the Chipmunks, a sensory-friendly movie experience for families with special-needs children, at 9:30 a.m. Saturday.

Tickets, available at the door, are $6. Two movie theaters will be open. Light and sound will be adjusted, and sensory breaks are encouraged.

Information: Howard County Public School System's Family Support & Resource Center, 410-313-7161; or Marianne Ross, 410-379-1072.

Toys for Tots drive continues

The Columbia Association in partnership with the Elite SportsClub Network (ESN), is participating in the 2007 Toys for Tots drive through Thursday.

Donation boxes to collect new unwrapped toys are set up in the Columbia Athletic Club, Columbia Gym and Supreme Sports Club.

Toys for Tots, in its 60th year of collecting toys for needy children, is sponsored by the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve.

Formed in 2005, ESN includes the Arena Club, the Columbia Association clubs, LifeBridge Health & Fitness, Maryland Athletic Club & Wellness Center and Merritt Athletic Clubs.

The partnership enables club members to enjoy privileges and discounts at participating clubs and affiliated organizations.

Information: Staff Sgt. Thomas A. Montanaro, 410-444-6200.

Residents can offer budget priorities

Howard County Executive Ken Ulman is inviting residents to share their priorities at his first residents' budget meeting for the fiscal year 2009 budget cycle.

The meeting will be held at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in the Banneker Room of the George Howard Building, 3430 Court House Drive, Ellicott City.

Those who wish to testify must sign up individually and in person. Sign up begins at 6:30 p.m. Testimony will be heard in the order in which residents sign up.

Testimony also can be presented via the Internet at www.howardcountymd.gov, the county's Web site. (Such testimony is considered public information and is subject to the Freedom of Information Act.)

To request a sign-language interpreter: 410-313-6400 (TTY, 410-313-6401) at least seven working days before the meeting.

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