Community Notes

May 16, 2008

Second bus planned for seniors

Howard County Executive Ken Ulman has announced that a second bus will be added to the HT Ride Baltimore City Shuttle for medical trips.

Demand has increased for the curb-to-curb transportation service for seniors and people with disabilities in Howard County; the second bus is expected to provide greater access to patrons and reduce travel time.

Until now, the county has provided one vehicle on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays for medical trips to and from Baltimore, sometimes starting at 6:30 a.m. There are two morning trips to Baltimore and two afternoon return trips to Howard County.

The county was awarded a Federal Transit Administration grant earlier this year that will be used to purchase a vehicle and add service Tuesdays and Thursdays. The expanded service is expected to begin in late summer.

Information: 1-800-270-9553 or visit

Oakland Mills to mark 40th year

Events to mark the 40th Birthday Celebration of Oakland Mills are being planned for the weekend of June 27-29. A mini-gathering of people involved in the village's life between 1968 and 1978 is planned for June 29 at the Disco Dance in the Loft. Those who would like to participate should call 410-381-6185. Information: Sandy Cederbaum, 410-730-4610. Or e-mail,

GGP to hold talks on draft master plan

General Growth Properties will continue its community discussions of the draft master plan for Columbia Town Center, Many Voices, One Vision, from 10 a.m. to noon tomorrow May 17 at Slayton House in the Wilde Lake Village Green.

Discussion will continue from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday at the Owen Brown Community Center; 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the Hawthorn Center in the Village of Hickory Ridge; 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday at The Other Barn in Oakland Mills; and 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday at Historic Oakland in Columbia Town Center.

The plan is available at

Gallery 44 to celebrate 35th year

Gallery 44 in Ellicott City is celebrating its 35th year in business with a sale that continues from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. today and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. tomorrow.

The gallery offers original art by recognized and more obscure artists, as well as Judaica, decorative accessories, reproductions, photo albums and high-end handbags.

Its owner, Marian Berman, is chair of the board of Success in Style, a group that provides professional attire for disadvantaged women attempting to enter the job market. She is a longtime supporter of community organizations, including the Howard County Youth Program, the Domestic Violence Center, Hospice of Howard County and local schools.

The gallery is at 9469 Baltimore National Pike, Ellicott City. Information: 410-465-5200.

HCC graduation events start today

Commencement exercises for the 37th Howard Community College graduating class will begin at 4 p.m. today on the college campus, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia.

Graduates from the spring 2008 semester and 2007 summer and fall semesters will receive their degrees. HCC benefactors Patrick and Jill McCuan will get honorary degrees.

The Boyd Commencement Address will be delivered by Gov. Martin O'Malley. The Graduate Address will be given by HCC student Amena Ali. The ceremony will be broadcast live by HCC-TV and can be seen at or on Comcast of Howard County channel 71.

The Nursing Recognition Ceremony will be at 11 a.m. today on the college campus, and not at noon as previously announced. Information: 410-772-4800; TDD, 410-772-4023.

Yard sale benefits animal advocacy

Animal Advocates of Howard County will hold its annual "PAWSitively Huge Yard Sale" from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. tomorrow in the Applications and Research Laboratory parking lot, 10920 Route 108, Ellicott City. The rain date is Monday.

Furniture, children's clothes, books, home decor and other items will be for sale. Baked goods and refreshments will be available to purchase.

Donations of gently used household items are welcome, and the donation is tax deductible. Information: 410-880-2488, Ext. 3 or

Senior Day planned at Bain Center

The Coalition of Geriatric Services and the Howard County Office on Aging will present Senior Day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. tomorrow at the Bain Center, 5470 Ruth Keeton Way, Columbia.

Panels will discuss "Essential Legal Documents" from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.; "Looking at the Next Stage" from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; "Senior Care Programs at the Office on Aging" from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.; and "Aging: What's Normal, What's Not" from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Admission is free.

Providers of senior services will have booths offering free information.

Admission is free and open to everyone. Refreshments will be served through the day.

Information: 410-997-0610 or

Spring Social to be held Monday

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