Register for primary election by Tuesday

COMMUNITY NOTES

January 20, 2008

The deadline to register to vote in this year's presidential primary is 9 p.m. Tuesday, which also is the deadline for certain voters to request a change in polling place.

To vote in the primary, Maryland residents who are eligible but not yet registered (including 17-year-olds who will be 18 on or before by Nov. 4) must complete a voter registration application and mail or hand-deliver it to the Board of Elections.

A hand-delivered application must be received by the local Board of Elections by 9 p.m. Tuesday; a mailed application must be postmarked by Tuesday.

Registered voters who have moved since the last election must provide their current address information to the local board by the same deadline.

To request a voter registration application: 800-222-VOTE.

An elderly or disabled voter who is unable to reach the assigned polling place must request reassignment to a more convenient polling place by 9 p.m. Tuesday. The form to request reassignment is available at www.elections.state.md.us (type polling place reassignment in the search field).

Arts celebration planned in April

The Howard County Arts Council has announced its 11th Celebration of the Arts in Howard County, which will be from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. April 26 at Jim Rouse Theatre for the Performing Arts in Columbia.

The gala will feature a reception from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., with a silent auction of work by local artists. Also planned are gourmet food from area restaurants and caterers and musical performances on the Main Street Stage.

After the reception, guests are invited into the theater for presentation of the Howie Awards and the Rising Star Competition for young performing artists. The audience will choose three winners to receive prizes of $5,000, $2,500 and $1,000.

In 10 years, the celebration has raised more than $700,000 for arts grants in the community.

Information: 410-313-ARTS or www.hocoarts.org.

The Arc plans raffle fundraiser

The Arc of Howard County is selling raffle tickets for a home-theater system with a 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 Arc offices, 11735 Homewood Road, Ellicott City.

The Arc was started by a group of parents in 1961 as an advocacy and support group. The organization provides housing, job placement, vocational training and individual and family-support services to people with cognitive and developmental disabilities, and their families.

Information or reservations: 410-730-0638.

Recycle your Christmas tree

The Howard County Merry Mulch program allows county residents to recycle their Christmas trees at parks, garden centers and at the landfill. Since its inception in 1993, the program has kept thousands of trees out of the landfill.

Recycled trees will be delivered to the composting site at the Alpha Ridge Landfill to be made into compost and mulch.

Trees can be dropped off from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily through Monday at these sites:

Kendall's Hardware, 12260 Route 108, Clarksville.

River Hill Garden Center, 12165 Route 108, Clarksville.

Cedar Lane Park, 5081 Cedar Lane, Columbia.

Grandfather's Garden Center, 5320 Phelps Luck Drive, Columbia.

Rockburn Park, 5400 Landing Road, Elkridge.

Small Circuit Court parking lot, upper Court House Drive, Ellicott City.

Schooley Mill Park, 12975 Hall Shop Road, Highland.

Savage Park, 8400 Fair Street, Savage.

Western Regional Park, 14800 Carrs Mill Road, Woodbine.

Alpha Ridge Landfill composting site, 2350 Marriottsville, Road, Marriottsville. The landfill is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

Eastern county residents with yard-trimming collection services can set their Christmas trees out on the regular curbside recycling collections days, through tomorrow.

Trees must be no taller than 4 feet; taller trees must be cut to 4 feet. Decorations, including lights and tree stands, must be removed. Trees sprayed with artificial snow cannot be recycled.

Christmas trees and other recyclable items should be put out for collection the night before or by 6 a.m. on collection day.

After tomorrow, Christmas trees can be brought to the Alpha Ridge Landfill from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

Information: 410-313-6444.

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