Community Notes


August 31, 2008

Pink Bag Lunch offers networking, fashion show

Success in Style, a nonprofit organization offering free business wardrobes and coaching to disadvantaged women seeking employment, will hold a Pink Bag Lunch from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sept. 18 at the Maple Lawn Community Center in Fulton.

The benefit event includes a fashion show and networking.

Tickets are $40. Sponsorships, vendor tables, program advertisements and raffle tickets are available.

Information: 410-750-6475 or visit

Help for foreign-born

FIRN, which offers resources to the foreign-born, will offer an Information Night to help students determine their legal eligibility for naturalization and assess their English language skills. Those in need of English language instruction or practice will be invited to enroll in FIRN's Adult ESL classes.

All immigrants who believe they are ready to take the naturalization exam (the new format begins Oct. 1) are welcome. Reservations are requested.

A new citizenship preparatory class begins in October.

Information: 410-992-1923.

Support for grandparents

Grandparents As Parents, a support group for grandparents raising their grandchildren, will meet from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sept. 10 at the Bain Center, 5470 Ruth Keeton Way, Columbia.

The discussion topic is "Helping Your Child Succeed in School." Free child care is provided; reservations are required.

The group offers information on services and financial assistance and an opportunity to meet other grandparents raising children.

Information: 410-313-1940.

County ride-sharing

Howard County Executive Ken Ulman has announced a new internal RideShare program for Howard County government employees. Those interested can go to the internal intranet to complete a registration form; the program will match registrants with other employees interested in joining a car pool. Residents who are not government employees can also take advantage of the RideShare Program.

The program, which offers a way to calculate how much drivers spend on commuting and how much they will save by carpooling, is part of the county's effort to address rising fuel costs and promote a more sustainable environment.

Last month, in an effort to help employees conserve energy and save on fuel costs, the county executive introduced a flexible work schedule.

Information:, under "What's New."

The impact of storm water

Columbia residents are invited to share ideas and concerns about the impact of storm water on the Columbia watershed. Suggestions are needed on stream water quality, protecting the tree canopy, improving biological diversity and reducing pollutants emptied into the Chesapeake Bay.

Residents are also asked to notify the Columbia Association of any locations where flooding, erosion, runoff or a pile-up of debris has been observed.

Comments can run up to 250 words and must be submitted by Sept. 15.

Blood donations sought

The Red Cross of the Greater Chesapeake and Potomac Blood Services Region 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.

Benefit triathlon Sept. 20

Registration is open for the 25th anniversary Make-A-Wish Triathlon At Sea Colony in Bethany Beach, Del. The Sept. 20 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.

Information or registration: 301-962-9474.

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