Community Notes


August 10, 2008

Exchange offers a trip to France

The Columbia Association's Culture and Cuisine Exchange is offering a travel opportunity for Columbia residents to Cergy-Pontoise, France. The exchange, scheduled from Oct. 17 to 29, will take place in two parts: the first, in Cergy-Pontoise, outside Paris; the second in the south of France.

During the first part of the trip, participants will stay with families, attend cooking classes and wine- and cheese-tasting sessions, take tours and visit a French market. The second part will take place in Toulon, where visitors will dine on traditional cuisine, tour two wineries and visit Marseille, Aix-en-Provence.

Applications must be returned by Aug. 29. The cost is $3,900 to $4,400, depending on hotel room occupancy and participation in cooking classes. To download applications:

Information or to request an application by e-mail, Meredith Jaffe, 410-715-3162, or

Disaster readiness and recovery

The Volunteer Center Serving Howard County, in cooperation with the Community Emergency Response Network, is recruiting people to work with local nonprofit and government agencies for Disaster Preparedness and Recovery.

A disaster volunteer orientation will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Volunteer Center, 10221 Wincopin Circle, Columbia.

Registration is required.

Information or registration: 410-715-3179.

Cancer fund sets golf tourney Aug. 18

The Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults will hold a golf tournament Aug. 18 at Waverly Woods Golf Course, 2100 Warwick Way, Marriottsville.

The cost is $150 a person; $600 a foursome. Included are 18 holes, a cart, breakfast, lunch and prizes.

Sponsorships are available.

The nonprofit organization offers educational programs and support to young adults affected by cancer.

Information: Tessa Goldscher, 410-964-0202, Ext. 103. Registration:

Teens raising money for UNICEF

The Columbia Association's Teen Advisory Committee will hold a Charity Walk to help raise money for UNICEF's work in Sudan's Darfur region. The walk will be held from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 17 at Lake Elkhorn.

UNICEF is working to feed several hundred thousand children in Darfur.

Information: Carol Wasser, 410-715-5523.

Registration is on for benefit triathlon

Registration is open for the 25th anniversary Make-A-Wish Triathlon At Sea Colony in Bethany Beach, Del. The event, which includes a 1.5K ocean swim, 40K bike ride and 10K run, will benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation of the Mid-Atlantic, a nonprofit organization that fulfills the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions.

The event will be held Sept. 20.

Information or registration: 301-962-9474.

FIRN seeking a coordinator

FIRN is seeking a part-time volunteer Maryland coordinator to work with Howard County business leaders planning events and marketing the work of the nonprofit immigrant support agency.

The volunteer, who will work to engage the business community in supporting FIRN, will earn a stipend and an education award. Hours are part-time and flexible.

The position is made possible in part by the AmeriCorps program of the Maryland governor's office.

Information: Paula Blackwell, 410-992-1923, Ext. 14.

Street names book is available

The book, Oh, You Must Live in Columbia, a history of the town's unusual street names and the people who chose them, is available at the offices of the Columbia Archives, the book's publisher, 10227 Wincopin Circle, Columbia.

The book, which is filled with photographs, cartoons and stories, is co-authored by archives manager Barbara Kellner, Missy Burke and Robin Emrich. Many of its source materials are part of the Columbia archives' collection. The cost is $25 and tax. Proceeds will benefit the programs of the Columbia Archives. Hours are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Information: Barbara Kellner, 410-715-3103.

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