Community Notes

December 19, 2007

League planning lawmakers lunch

The League of Women Voters of Howard County will hold its annual luncheon with the county delegation to the General Assembly at 11:30 a.m. Jan. 5 in the auditorium of Bethany United Methodist Church, 2875 Bethany Lane, Ellicott City.

There will be an opportunity for questions.

The event is open to the public. The cost is $15 for nonmembers.

Information or to reserve a place: 410-730-0142.

Transit to operate on holiday schedule

The Corridor Transportation Corp., manager of Connect-A-Ride and Howard Transit regional bus service, will operate on a holiday schedule Monday through New Year's Day.

On Monday and Dec. 31, Connect-A-Ride will operate on a Saturday schedule; Howard Transit will operate on a regular weekday schedule.

There will be no service on Connect-A-Ride and Howard Transit on Christmas Day or New Year's Day.

Connect-A-Ride service changes, designed to address a budget deficit, are to begin Jan. 7.

Information: 800-270-9553 or 301-725-4000.

Board of Education to meet tomorrow

The Howard County Board of Education will hold a regularly scheduled meeting at 4 p.m. tomorrow in the boardroom at the Department of Education, 10910 Route 108, Ellicott City.

The afternoon session will start with a forum during which members of the public can address the board on any topics for which there is no formal hearing. An evening session will not be held.

Advance registration is requested. To sign up to speak: 410-313-7194. To request a sign-language interpreter, contact Colleen Rice, 410-313-7046. Two weeks' notice is preferred.

FIRN classes to help with citizenship test

FIRN Inc., a nonprofit organization providing resources and help to the foreign-born, will offer free classes to local foreign-born residents seeking to become naturalized.

Classes to prepare students for the federal government's new U.S. Citizenship Test, to be taken by naturalization applicants beginning Oct. 1 next year, will begin in June. Classes to prepare for the current test format begin in February.

Information: 410-992-1923.

Volunteers needed for MLK board

The Martin Luther King Holiday Commission is seeking residents from diverse communities in Howard County to serve an initial term of two years on the commission.

Volunteer commissioners meet on the first Wednesday of each month to plan the county's annual Martin Luther King Holiday Celebration.

Those interested should send a letter and a biography to the Office of Human Rights, 6751 Columbia Gateway Drive, Columbia 21046, or call 410-313- 6430. Commissioners are appointed by the Howard County executive.

Festival of the Arts has gift certificates

Columbia Festival of the Arts will offer an opportunity to "Give the Gift of the Arts" in the form of gift certificates for the 2008 performance season.

The certificates, which will help support the nonprofit Columbia Festival, are available in denominations of $25, $50 and $100.

The 2008 performance schedule will be announced in March. Gift certificates can be redeemed for tickets.

Information: 410-715-3044.

Arc is 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.

The Arc provides housing, job placement, vocational training and individual and family-support services to people with cognitive and developmental disabilities and their families.

Information: 410-730-0638.

Veterans invited to tell life stories

The Howard County public library is seeking veterans to interview as part of the countywide "This Is Your Life" initiative to encourage residents ages 50 and older to record their personal histories.

The Columbia Archives will preserve the oral histories in its permanent collection.

Information: 410-313-7750, or

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