Community Notes

April 16, 2008

Rotary celebrates 80 years in county

The seven Rotary Clubs in Howard County will celebrate 80 years of Rotary in Howard County from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday at Howard Community College's Horowitz Visual and Performing Arts Center.

The event is open to the public. Tickets are $80. Net proceeds will be going to the Polio Plus project to assist in matching a $100 million challenge grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Information: Chuck Walsh, 410-203-1093.

Financial literacy program Saturday

County Councilman Calvin Ball will present the second Financial Literacy Summit on Saturday at Howard Community College's Cafe on the Quad, Rouse Company Foundation Student Services Hall, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia.

Exhibitors will provide information about financial programs and services available to residents from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. A panel discussion of financial literacy and available resources is planned from 12:45 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

There will be an opportunity to ask questions.

Information: 410-313-2001.

Tax assistance for seniors Friday

Volunteers from the AARP Tax Aide Program will be at the Ellicott City Senior Center from 9 a.m. to noon Friday and April 25 to help those who want to file for their economic stimulus payment.

This service is for people who do not ordinarily have to file tax returns. To qualify for the stimulus payment, a person must have a valid Social Security number; must not have been claimed as a dependent of another taxpayer; and must have a total of $3,000 or more in earned income, Social Security or railroad benefits, or certain veteran's payments.

The Ellicott City Senior Center is at 9421 Frederick Road, behind the Miller branch library. Information or to schedule an appointment: 410-313-1400.

Giving Circle to hold social

The Women's Giving Circle of Howard County will hold its sixth annual meeting and social from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. today at the Spear Center in the General Growth Properties Building in Columbia.

Donors, friends and members of the community are invited to attend. Wine and other refreshments will be served.

Diane Schumacher, Howard Community College athletic director, will talk about "A Celebration of Girls and Women in Sports: Title IX at 35." She will discuss the impact of Title IX on women's athletics. The 1972 legislation was designed to allow women access to education.

The Women's Giving Circle is working to build a community of women in philanthropy, creating a permanent endowment fund and providing grants to institutions and initiatives that address the needs of women and girls in Howard County.

Admission to the meeting and social is $40. General Growth Properties is at 10275 Little Patuxent Parkway. To purchase tickets: www.womensgivingcircle.org.

Information: Colleen Taggart D'Agrosa, 800-642-2542.

Tax session set for nonprofits

The Association of Community Services will sponsor "At Risk? Your Tax Exempt Status," a discussion of new IRS definitions and other changes that could jeopardize an organization's nonprofit status, from noon to 1:30 p.m. today at the Meeting House, 5885 Robert Oliver Place, Columbia.

Jennine Anderson, partner at UHY LLP, an accounting firm, will discuss how required disclosures and other tax issues can affect the operation of nonprofits.

Those who have not already ordered lunch are welcome to bring their own.

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