Community Notes


November 06, 2008

Community services group publishes 2009 directory

The Association of Community Services has published its new 2009 community resources directory, Looking for Answers? A Directory of Services. The free 2009 edition of the directory is available in schools, libraries, banks, community centers and elsewhere in Howard County.

The directory lists more than 140 Howard County public and private agencies, their services and contact information. It is available at ACS offices, 10480 Little Patuxent Parkway, Suite 920, Columbia, between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Information: 410-715-9545 or visit

Lively art for tykes

The Oakland Mills Community Association sponsors Lively Art For Little Ones - live performances for children age 2 to 5 and their chaperons.

A concert by Rocknoceros, featuring hits from the group's latest compact disc, The Dark Side of the Moonbounce, is planned at 10 a.m. tomorrow at The Other Barn, 5851 Robert Oliver Place, in the Oakland Mills Village Center.

Tickets are $4.75 for age 2 and older. Group rates are available. Information: 410-730-4610.

Veterans Day closings

Howard County government offices, courts, the animal shelter and library branches will be closed Tuesday in observance of the Veterans Day holiday.

Regular trash and recycling services will be in effect, and the landfill will be open. Howard Transit will offer weekday service and parking regulations and fees will be in effect.

The 911 Center, Police and fire departments are staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week. For emergencies, call 911. For nonemergencies, call 410-313-2200.

Mayer Center fundraiser

The Claudia Mayer Cancer Center will celebrate its 10 years of support for cancer patients, their families and caregivers with a fundraiser from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. today at the Fretz Corp., 9204 Berger Road, Suite H, Columbia.

The event will include cocktails and cuisine provided by businesses and contributors, entertainment, and cooking demonstrations in a kitchen showroom. The Fretz Corp. is a wholesaler of kitchen products

Dinner will be provided by Jesse Wong's Asian Bistro. Wine selections have been donated by the Kalaris family, and a martini bar will be provided. The cost is $65.

The Claudia Mayer Cancer Center, a service of Howard County General Hospital, includes a library and a fully equipped salon where cancer patients can receive free consultations from aestheticians, cosmetologists, hair stylists and prosthesis professionals.

Information: 410-740-7840.

Library seeks your history

The Howard County Library invites residents to be interviewed as part of the "This is Your Life" project between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Nov. 20 in the Administrative Offices Conference Room of the east Columbia library, 6600 Cradlerock Way, Columbia.

"This is Your Life" is a countywide initiative to encourage people 50 and older to record their personal histories, including memories of holiday seasons and past elections. The Columbia Archives will preserve the memories in its permanent collection.

Anyone who lives or works in Howard County is invited to contact Lois Sanders (410-313-7791) to arrange an interview. Information about "This is Your Life": 410-313-7750, or

Run with Meals on Wheels

Meals on Wheels of Howard County will hold its first 5K & 1 Mile Fun Run/Walk at 9 a.m. Saturday in Meadowbrook Park, 5001 Meadowbrook Lane, Ellicott City.

Registration is $30; $35 on race day, when registration will be available from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. The cost is $10 for those 10 and older; children 9 or younger may participate without cost.

Information: Debbie Brown, 866-558-0827, Ext. 10929, or To register online:

Disaster preparedness

Howard County Executive Ken Ulman has proclaimed this week, through Friday, Community Readiness Week in the county. Events during the week are designed to emphasize the importance of individual and family preparedness for possible disasters.

"Ready When the Time Comes" training will be offered from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. today at the Savage branch library, 9525 Durness Lane, North Laurel. Information: 410-715-3172.

A child safety seat inspection will be available from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. tomorrow at Clarksville Volunteer Fire Station No. 5, 5000 Signal Bell Lane, Clarksville. Appointments are not necessary.

The county's automated community notification system will call households in the county each day between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. Residents will receive a message to remind them that the system is in place for use in emergencies.

Thrift shop open Sundays

Charity's Closet, a women's thrift shop run by teenage girls, has changed its hours from Saturdays to Sundays, noon to 5 p.m.

All items are $5; jeans and jewelry are sold on a buy-one-get-one-free basis. Proceeds benefit Success in Style, which provides free business wardrobes to women in need who are seeking employment. The store is at 9090 Frederick Road, at St. Johns Lane, in Ellicott City. Information: 410-750-6475.

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