Community Notes

April 23, 2008

Groups to present event on water is sues

HoCoH2O, an alliance of Howard County groups concerned about water issues, will present "Ravaging Runoff: A Call to Action," at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Jim Rouse Theater at Wilde Lake High School 5460 Trumpeter Road, Columbia.

Mike Tidwell, executive director of the Chesapeake Climate Action Network and author of The Ravaging Tide: Strange Weather, Future Katrinas, and the Coming Death of America's Coastal Cities, and Fred Tutman of Patuxent Riverkeeper, a private nonprofit organization working to protect water resources and surrounding ecosystems, will speak about water, runoff, and what can be done to address problems in Howard County.

Del. Elizabeth Bobo will introduce the discussion; Ned Tillman, chairman of the Howard County Conservancy, will moderate. Local groups will distribute information and talk with visitors. After the discussion, Tidwell will be available to sign his book.

Refreshments will be served. Admission is free.

Information: 443-474-4002 or visit www.HoCoH2O. To reserve tickets: rsvp@HoCoH2O.

Arts celebration set for Saturday

Tickets are available for Celebration of the Arts in Howard County on Saturday at Jim Rouse Theater at Wilde Lake High School, 5460 Trumpeter Road, Columbia.

A reception is scheduled from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., with specialty foods, musical performances and a silent auction of work by local artists.

Tickets are $50 for balcony seating; $75 for orchestra seats. Raffle tickets are $5, or $20 for five tickets. The celebration has raised $741,650 for community arts in the past 10 years.

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

FIRN to hold free legal clinic

FIRN -- resources for the Foreign born -- will present a Free Legal Clinic from 8:30 a.m. to noon Saturday at FIRN offices, 5999 Harper's Farm Road, Suite E-200, Columbia.

Local attorneys will speak about tenant and landlord rights and family law from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.; wills and estates, and small business incorporation, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.; and traffic court and driving under the influence, from 11 a.m. to noon.

To register: 410-992-1923. Space is limited. Participants will check in from 8:30 a.m.

Fashion show helps women's group

Brighton Collectibles and Kokopelli at The Mall in Columbia will sponsor a spring fashion show to benefit Success in Style from 8:45 a.m. to 10 a.m. Saturday.

Ten percent of purchases during the event will go to the nonprofit organization, which provides professional attire and coaching to disadvantaged women seeking to enter or re-enter the workplace.

Door prizes and a light brunch are planned. The show will be held at the Brighton Collectibles store on the upper level, Nordstrom wing of the mall.

Reservations are required by tomorrow. Information: 410-997-6700 or 410-997-9470

Teen talent contest to be held Friday

The Columbia Association's Teen and Middle School Advisory Committee and Dianne Egrie Photographs will sponsor a teen talent contest from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday at the Columbia Teen Center, 5853 Robert Oliver Place, Columbia.

Teens are invited to sing, dance, model or play an instrument. Performers must register today.

Tickets are $3 at the door. Information: 410-715-5523.

Film series features `Dark Victory'

Bette Davis stars with Humphrey Bogart and others in the 1939 classic film, Dark Victory, in Slayton House Theatre's "Marvelous Movies and More" film series, at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Slayton House Theatre in the Wilde Lake Village Green, Columbia. A discussion, dessert, coffee and tea follows the film. Admission is $7; $6 for seniors and students with ID. 410-730-3987.

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