Community Notes

December 21, 2007

League plans events with elected officials

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.

The league will also hold a forum for congressional candidates from the 3rd and 7th Districts at 7 p.m. Jan. 10 in the Tyson Room of the George Howard Building, 3430 Court House Drive, Ellicott City.

The forum will be broadcast live on Gtv Channels 44 and 70. The public is invited.

The league will also hold a forum for Board of Education candidates at 7 p.m. Jan. 8 in the boardroom at the Department of Education, 10910 Route 108, Ellicott City.

The PTA Council of Howard County will co-sponsor the forum, which will be broadcast live on Channel 72.

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

Columbia plan topic of Jan. 8 meeting

Transportation Advocates will meet from 7:45 a.m. to 9 a.m. Jan. 8 at the Bain Center, 5470 Ruth Keeton Way, Columbia.

Gregory F. Hamm, the new regional vice president and general manager of Columbia for General Growth Properties, will present an overview of the company's vision for downtown Columbia, its potential to be more convenient for pedestrians and to support alternatives to private cars, and its role in regional transportation.

There will be an opportunity to ask questions.

Information: 410-992-1997.

County to celebrate King `40 Years Later'

The Howard County Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Commission will present its 23rd annual celebration of the life and legacy of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. at 3:30 p.m. on Jan. 20 at Long Reach High School, 6101 Old Dobbin Lane, Columbia.

This year's theme is "The Importance of the Dream: 40 Years Later." The celebration is open to the public; admission is free.

Featured in this year's celebration are speakers and entertainment from around the Washington-Baltimore region, including musical selections by Annie Dash and Ron Oaks, and a performance by Slam Poet Extraordinaire Gayle Danley. Keynote speaker Carl O. Snowden was appointed by the Maryland Attorney General as the first Director of Civil Rights.

Audrey Barnes, a reporter for W*USA 9 News -Washington will be master of ceremonies. Barnes, twice nominated, won an Emmy for her documentary on the Joffrey Ballet School.

The Howard County Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Commission will present its Commission Award to a person who exemplifies the spirit of King's message. Cash awards will be given to student contest winners from Howard County for their essays on King and his legacy.

To highlight the compassion and service of King, the commission is asking that attendees support its food drive for the needy by bringing a canned food item to the event. There will be an opportunity to sign up for community service projects planned for Jan. 21.

Information: Office of Human Rights, 410-313-6430.

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 on Jan. 7.

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

Action group's focus is environment

Town Center Community Association will sponsor an Environmental Action Group to educate the public and foster environmentally positive action in the community.

The group, which will be led by Town Center board member Stephen Meskin, will meet at 7 p.m. Jan. 8 and Jan. 22, and on the first and third Tuesdays of each ensuing month, at Historic Oakland, 5430 Vantage Point Road.

Information or registration: 410-730-4744.

Fine arts council seeking members

The Fine Arts Advisory Council is seeking parents and community arts advocates to serve on the council.

The mission of the Fine Arts Advisory Council is to ensure that high-quality, equitable and consistent fine arts programs are provided and maintained for the students in the Howard County Public School System.

The purposes of the FAAC are:

To establish and maintain a system of communication between the Howard County community and the staff of the Fine Arts programs.

To establish and maintain a community of advocates for fine arts education who view as essential the inclusion of fine arts education in the public schools.

To collect and report information/data regarding the artistic needs of Howard County students to fine arts program staff and leaders.

To advise, counsel and collaborate with school-system staff to facilitate continuous improvement in Fine Arts programs.

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