Community Notes


August 17, 2008

Red Cross calls for donations of blood

The Red Cross is urging donors to help replenish Maryland's blood supply, which has dropped below what is considered safe and adequate.

The region relies on community blood donors to supply at least 1,000 units a day to meet the needs of hospital patients.

The Red Cross holds about 35 blood drives in the region every day. A single blood donation can save up to three lives, according to a Red Cross news release.

Information or to schedule a donation: 800-GIVE LIFE.

Columbia plan to be discussed

The Howard County Citizens Association will sponsor a panel discussion, "Columbia Downtown: A Community Response to the Master Plan," at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 10 at Oakland Manor, 5430 Vantage Point Road, Columbia.

Activists Alan Klein, Jud Malone and Alex Hekimian will talk about General Growth Properties' proposal for development of Columbia's downtown. The public is invited to participate in the discussion.

The draft master plan is available at Information about the citizens association: 443-283-3967 or

'Save the Earth' event canceled

The "Save the Earth" event sponsored by the Columbia Association's Teen and Middle School Advisory Committee, scheduled for Sept. 27, has been canceled.

Information on future events sponsored by the committee: Carol Wasser, 410-715-5523.

Cuts Against Cancer being held today

The annual Cuts Against Cancer cut-a-thon to benefit the Claudia Mayer Cancer Resource Center will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today at Lutfi's Salon and Spa, 12143 Clarksville Pike, Clarksville.

Stylists and manicurists from Howard County salons will offer their services at a discount. All proceeds will go to the Claudia Mayer center, which offers a fully equipped salon; spa services; prosthetic fittings; post-surgical lingerie; a lending library; and online and other resources to cancer patients. The center also sponsors a caregiver support group, the American Cancer Society's "Look Good ... Feel Better" workshop, and other programs.

Participating salons include Lutfi's International Salon & Spa, Mason & Friends, Victoria & Albert Hair Studio, Salon Tusey, Studio K Salon & Spa, Corporate Pit Stop, George of New York, Symmetry Salon & Spa and Rafet's Hairmasters.

Appointments are not necessary. Information: 410-531-3300.

Foreclosure options workshop slated

PATH - People Acting Together in Howard - will offer a foreclosure options workshop from 8:30 a.m. to noon Saturday at Wilde Lake Interfaith Center, 10431 Twin Rivers Road, Columbia.

Coffee and registration will be available at 8:30 a.m.; an introduction is planned at 9 a.m. Breakout sessions will cover homeowners' rights, understanding the foreclosure process and evaluating your situation; resources in Maryland; and organizing for change in Howard County. Private counseling sessions are to begin at 9:30 a.m.

Breakout sessions will be repeated at 10:05 a.m. and 10:40 a.m.

Admission is free.

Information: 443-631-0115.

Take the opportunity to travel 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 and 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. Sept. 10 at the Volunteer Center, 10221 Wincopin Circle, Columbia.

Registration is required.

Information or registration: 410-715-3179.

Cancer fund holding golf tournament

The Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults will hold a golf tournament tomorrow 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

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