Human rights dinner takes place Saturday


December 12, 2007

Amnesty International Chapter 228, the Howard County Human Rights Commission and Howard County Friends of Latin America will sponsor the 10th annual Human Rights Potluck Dinner from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Saturday at the Bain Center, 5470 Ruth Keeton Way, Columbia.

The event, which begins with the dinner, commemorates the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Those who attend are asked to bring a main dish to share.

Political satirist Ira Shorr will perform. Orlando Tizon of Torture Abolition and Survivors Support Coalition International, will speak about working to defend human rights.

Information: 410-381-4899 or visit www.friendsoflatinameri of www.friendsoflatin

Soroptimists pitch in for Healthy Families

Soroptimist International of Howard County will assist Healthy Families of Howard County at its holiday party for clients, to be held from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. tomorrow at Slayton House in Columbia.

Soroptimist members will help serve a hot meal, staff a craft table and provide a framed photo ornament for children.

The Healthy Families agency provides in-home support services to first-time parents, pregnant women, and families with children from birth to age 3. Soroptimist has initiated a mobile lending library for young children of Healthy Families clients.

Soroptimist International is an international volunteer service organization for business and professional women that works to improve the lives of women and girls.

Information: Karen Trennepohl, 410-750-9413.

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. tomorrow 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, 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.

Giving trees help Success in Style

Success In Style, a local nonprofit organization that provides business attire and coaching to disadvantaged women seeking employment, is displaying two Holiday Giving Trees, at the Maple Lawn 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 accepted.

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

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

Toys for Tots ends tomorrow

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

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 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.

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

The Arc collecting linens for homes

The Arc of Howard County is collecting linens to refurbish residential homes for people with cognitive and developmental disabilities.

Needed are bath and kitchen towels, pillows and pillow cases, twin- and double-bed sheets, mattress pads and comforters. The drive runs through Dec. 30.

Donations can be dropped off at The Arc's offices: 11735 Homewood Road, Ellicott City.

Also, The Arc is selling raffle tickets for a Bose home theater system with 50-inch plasma television. The tickets cost $25 each; 1,000 tickets will be sold.

The winning ticket will be drawn at a Super Bowl Social to be held from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Jan. 31 at The Arc's offices. Refreshments will be served.

Information: 410-730-0638.

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 and Resource Center, 410-313-7161; or Marianne Ross, 410-379-1072.

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