League plans events with elected officials

COMMUNITY NOTES

December 23, 2007

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 non- members.

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.

Election forum to be held Jan. 12

AAIHC (African-Americans in Howard County) will hold a presidential primary election forum from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jan. 12 at St. John Baptist Church's Agape Hall, 8910 Route 108, Ellicott City.

The forum will cover major public offices (U.S. president, congressional representatives, judges of the Circuit Court), including delegates to the Democratic and Republican national conventions, and candidates for the Howard County Board of Education.

Topics are to include affordable housing, Medicaid cuts, transportation services, affordable health care, education and the balance of powers between the legislative and executive branches of government.

Information: Sherman Howell, 301-596-5240.

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.

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 tomorrow through New Year's Day.

Tomorrow 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.

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 nonredeemable 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. 2008 Gift certificates may be redeemed for tickets.

Information: 410-715-3044.

Arc is collecting linens for homes

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

Needed are bath and kitchen towels, pillows and pillowcases, 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.

The Arc also 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.

Family services moves temporarily

Family and Children's Services of Central Maryland is moving its operations in Columbia to two temporary locations, effective Jan. 7, while its offices in the Family Life Center in Wilde Lake are being renovated.

Counseling services will be offered in the historic Rose Price House on the grounds of Oakland Manor, 5430 Vantage Point Road, Columbia.

The Healthy Families Howard County program, which provides services to first-time parents, and the Elder Services program, which offers in-home care for older adults and people with disabilities, will be at 30 Corporate Center, Suite 300, 10440 Little Patuxent Parkway.

The Wilde Lake offices are expected to be completed in the spring. Family and Children's Services also has offices in the North Laurel-Savage Multiservice Center in the Whiskey Bottom Shopping Center.

Information: 410-997-3557.

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