Community Notes

COMMUNITY NOTES

June 08, 2008

Foundation hosts 'Take Steps Walk'

A regional chapter of the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation, based in Columbia, will participate in the national organization's campaign to raise awareness of the disease and fund research by sponsoring a "Take Steps Walk" from 4 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Western Regional Park at Carrs Mill Road and Route 97, Cooksville.

Registration starts at 4 p.m. The walk, preceded by a warm-up session, begins at 5 p.m. The event is to include carnival games, a Moon bounce, entertainment by singer-songwriter Barry Louis Polisar, the Kangaroo Kids precision jump-rope team, the Dean of Magic, and the Starvation Army Band. Information on health and an advocacy tent will be available.

Food provided by Brian's Catering will be for sale.

Admission is free.

There is a nominal charge to participate in the games.

Information: 443-276-0861.

Shop to benefit Success in Style

Charity's Closet, a new thrift shop for women to benefit Success in Style, will open its doors from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. The first 25 guests will receive a coffee mug.

The new shop is at 9090 Frederick Road, at St. John's Lane, Ellicott City. (The entrance is on the side of the building facing Southern States.)

In an effort to help young women understand both fashion and philanthropy and to raise funds for Success in Style, the shop will be run by volunteer teenaged girls. All items will be sold for $5. Donations of stylish women's clothing in good condition will be accepted during store hours, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays.

Business attire and suits will be donated to Success in Style; casual and dressy items will be sold at Charity's Closet.

Success in Style provides free business wardrobes and coaching to disadvantage women seeking employment.

Information or to volunteer: 410-750-6475.

Four libraries to be closed Sundays

Four Howard County Library branches will be closed Sundays from today through Aug. 31.

The east Columbia, Elkridge, Glenwood and Savage branches will be closed on Sundays. Remaining open year-round (except Aug. 31) are the Central Library and Miller branch library.

Information: 410-313-7890 or visit www.hclibrary.org.

Red Devils Heart and Sole Stroll returns

The sixth annual Red Devils Heart and Sole Stroll, presented by The Red Devils, a support and advocacy group for cancer patients, will be held at 10 a.m. today at Centennial Lake in Ellicott City.

The 2.4-mile walk will raise money for services to help improve the quality of life for Maryland breast cancer patients and their families.

The group funds transportation to and from treatment, meals and groceries, house cleaning and prescription drugs for patients and their families.

Registration begins at 9 a.m. Walkers, costumed in red devil horns with spray-painted hair and T-shirts, will participate in face-painting, games, picnics and other activities. Dogs and their owners are also expected to arrive dressed in devil gear.

The cost is $35 a person; $70 for families.

Information or to register: 410-323-0135 or visit www.the-red-devils.org.

Soccer tryouts to be held tomorrow

The Soccer Association of Columbia Boys U-16 travel team tryouts will be held from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. tomorrow and Tuesday on Field 8 at Covenant Park in Ellicott City.

Premier, Classic I and Classic II teams are seeking players. The Premier team is seeking highly skilled players who can play year round; Classic I focuses on player development, and Class II provides skills to participate in a travel team without the pressure of performing on a higher-level team.

Information: www.sac-united.com or ww.sackick.com.

Buy a birdhouse and decorate it

The Columbia Festival of the Arts, in partnership with the Howard County Woodworkers Guild, is selling birdhouses for artists to decorate. Guild members have made 101 birdhouses, designed to house small native birds, for the festival's artists' project.

The birdhouse kits, with instructions, can be purchased for $25 at the Columbia Festival of the Arts offices, Suite 280, 5575 Sterrett Place, Columbia. The decorated houses will be shown at the festival's LakeFest June 13, 14 and 15, and will be available for sale to visitors. A 25 percent commission will be charged to defer processing costs.

Information: 410-715-3044, or e-mail birdhouse@columbiafestival.com.

Membership help available for pools

Financial assistance is available to qualified families for summer membership in Columbia Association's outdoor pools. In partnership with the family of the late Ann Scherr, the Columbia Foundation has established a fund offering grants to individuals and families qualified to pay the reduced rates offered by the Columbia Association.

Families are eligible for the Ann Scherr Fund if their income is 50 percent less than the association's reduced-income guidelines. An individual must earn less than $21,525 to qualify for the grant; $23,035 for a person 65 or older and disabled. A family of two can earn $24,600; a family of four, $30,750.

Information or to apply: 410-730-1801.

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