Community Notes

April 18, 2008

Conservancy plans Earth Day event

The Howard County Conservancy will present its annual Earth Day celebration from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. tomorrow at its headquarters at Mount Pleasant Farm, 10520 Old Frederick Road, Woodstock.

The Howard County Bird Club will lead a guided hike at 8 a.m. Tree planting, removing invasive plants and trail maintenance are scheduled for the morning. A guided hike is scheduled for noon. Master gardeners will demonstrate salad tables and composting during the day.

Participants are encouraged to bring a picnic lunch. Groups are welcome.

Information: 410-465-8877 or

Computer students set for PC Olympics

Teams of computer students from 10 area high schools will compete in the third annual PC Olympics tomorrow at Atholton High School. Six students and a coach were selected by principals from each participating school.

The event, sponsored by the Lazarus Foundation and Howard County Public School System, begins at 9 a.m. and continues through the day. Winners will be announced and prizes awarded during the day and at the conclusion of the event.

The PC Olympics evaluates the students' skills in software applications, Java programming, hardware assembly and troubleshooting, and general knowledge of the computer industry.

Microsoft Corp. and Northrop Grumman Corp. head the list of event sponsors.

Choirs to perform at gospel extravaganza

The Howard County Office on Aging's Department of Citizen Services and Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Tau Pi Chapter, will sponsor the VI Gospel Extravaganza from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. tomorrow in the Howard High School auditorium, 8700 Old Annapolis Road (Route 108), Ellicott City.

Performing will be the Outreach of Love Choir of Bethel AME Church, the Morgan State University Dance Ensemble, Revelations, the Burke Family and the New All Saints Catholic Church Choir.

Tickets are $20; $8 for children to age 12. Proceeds will benefit the Department of Citizen Services' Vivian L. Reid Community Fund and the Tau Pi Chapter Omega Psi Phi Scholarship Fund.

Information: Kathleen Krintz, 410-313-6560, or Barbara Harris, 410-313-6448.

Brighton Dam Road to close tomorrow

A one-day closure of Brighton Dam Road west of Ten Oaks Road in Clarksville has been rescheduled for tomorrow. The closure, which was postponed because of inclement weather, will allow completion of the Brighton Dam Road connection to the roundabout. If weather conditions prohibit construction again, the work will be rescheduled for April 26.

Variable message boards and signs will be posted to advise motorists of the temporary detour route along Ten Oaks Road, Triadelphia Mill Road and Highland Road.

Information: Lisa Brightwell, 410-313-3440.

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. today 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.

Workshop on organ ic gardening planned

The Green Building Institute, 7761 Waterloo Road, Jessup, will offer a workshop in year-round organic gardening, designed with the central and southern Maryland climate in mind, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. tomorrow and Sunday.

Instructor Shane J. LaBrake, an independent agricultural consultant, will discuss principles of organic gardening, soils, composting, planning, planting, garden pests, and the use and care of tools.

The cost is $115 for members; $80 for student members, and $125 for nonmembers. Registration is due today.

Information: 443-733-1234 or go to

Financial literacy program tomorrow

County Councilman Calvin Ball will present the second Financial Literacy Summit tomorrow at Howard Community College's Cafe on the Quad, Rouse Co. 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.

Information: 410-313-2001.

Tax assistance for seniors today

Volunteers from the AARP Tax Aide Program will be at the Ellicott City Senior Center from 9 a.m. to noon today 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: 410-313-1400.

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