Community Notes

January 16, 2008

Session's goal is to battle negative thoughts in kids

The Student Services Advisory Committee of Howard County schools will sponsor a workshop for parents and guardians of children in kindergarten through grade 12, "Smashing ANTS (Automatic Negative Thoughts)."

The workshop, being presented by Nancy Sheain of Building Futures LLC, will provide a tool kit of strategies to empower children to turn negative thoughts into positive self-talk. The workshop will be held from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. today at Homewood Center, 10914 Route 108, Ellicott City.

Information or registration: e-mail,

Special Education Job Fair to be held tomorrow

Howard County schools will hold a Special Education Job Fair from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. tomorrow at Harper's Choice Middle School, 5450 Beaverkill Road, Columbia.

The fair is open to those seeking employment in special education, as an occupation or physical therapist, speech-language pathologist, school psychologist, vision teacher, teacher of the deaf or hard of hearing, behavior specialist or alternative education teacher.

There will be opportunities to interview with staff members from the Office of Special Education, hear about programs for special-needs students and meet school administrators.

Information: to request an application packet or register for the job fair: 410-313-6693, or

Soroptimist Interna tional planning a dinner meeting tomorrow

Soroptimist International of Howard County will hold a dinner meeting at 6:15 p.m. tomorrow at Cafe de Paris, 8808 Centre Park Drive, Columbia.

Projects, community service and Soroptimist awards programs will be discussed.

Note that the location for the meeting has been changed; the meeting was originally to have been held at the Bob Evans Restaurant.

The international volunteer service organization for business and professional women works to improve the lives of women and girls around the world. The Howard County group meets on the third Thursday of each month.

Information or reservations: Karen Trennepohl, 410-750-9413.

County set to celebrate King `40 Years Later'

The Howard County Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Commission will present its 23rd celebration of the life and legacy of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday 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 WUSA9 in 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 those who attend support its food drive for the needy by taking 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.

Transportation pan el planning `listening sessions'; first is Tuesday

The Howard County Public Transportation Board will hold the first of several "listening sessions" to hear concerns, comments and recommendations for the future of Howard Transit, the county's local bus service.

The first session will be held at 7 p.m. Jan. 22 in the Tyson Room of the George Howard Building, 3430 Court House Drive, Ellicott City.

The sessions will begin a six-month to nine-month process to prepare a transit development plan for the next five years. The plan will examine the route structure, frequency of service, on-time performance, condition of the vehicles, customer service and other factors.

It will also evaluate demand based on projected residential and employment growth.

Ridership on Howard Transit is expected to exceed 900,000 trips during this fiscal year.

To request a sign-language interpreter for the meeting: 410-313-6401 (TDD). Requests should be made at least three days in advance. Requests for transportation should be made at least three days in advance: 410- 313-1921.

Closures scheduled Monday for Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Howard County government offices, courts, animal shelter and library branches will be closed Monday in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The landfill is open, and regular trash and recycling services are in effect. Parking meters must have coins, and parking regulations must be followed.

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