Community Notes


March 22, 2009

Workshops focus on pressures girls face

The Horizon Councils and Women's Giving Circle of Howard County will sponsor a series of discussions this month and next for mothers and their teenage daughters, "Mean Girls: Queen Bees, Gamma Girls and Surviving the Female Hierarchy."

The workshops, to be held at Howard County Library branches, will give participants a chance to discuss social and peer pressures on girls. A free dinner is included. Admission is free, but reservations are required.

Workshops will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. March 31 at the Elkridge library (410-313-5077); 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. April 1 at the Savage library (410-880-5980); 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. April 22 at the Miller library (410-313-1950); and 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. April 30 at the Glenwood library (410-313-5577).

The Horizon Councils are advisory groups of people who live or work in Elkridge, Ellicott City and southeast and western Howard County; they advise the Horizon Foundation about issues of significance in their communities.

The Women's Giving Circle is a group of women philanthropists dedicated to addressing the needs of women and girls in Howard County.


'Work on Wheels' talk

Transportation Advocates will meet from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. Thursday at the Bain Center, 5470 Ruth Keeton Way, Columbia.

Included will be a discussion of WOW, or Work on Wheels, a job-connection service connecting Howard County businesses seeking entry-level labor with the work force in Baltimore City. Other commuting options and their tax benefits will also be discussed.

'Get Active' in Howard

The Columbia Association will help launch its fifth annual Get Active Howard County program with a free kick-off celebration at Supreme Sports Club from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday. Roller skating will be available from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Skate rental is extra.

The program is a 10-week effort to encourage Howard County residents to become more active by incorporating 30 minutes of physical activity into their day, at least five days a week.

The program is free and open to anyone living or working in Howard County. To register, go to Participants can pick up a paper log at any Howard County Library branch or any of the 10 village centers. The program runs from March 30 through June 7.

Information: Carol Wasser, 410-715-5523 or

Summer camps

The Howard County Public School System will offer weeklong summer camps for middle and high school students. Career Academies Summer Camps are designed for students interested in learning about careers in science, technology, engineering, culinary science and business.

Campers will have a chance to participate in activities relating these career areas to their own interests. They will explore the career areas offered through the Career Academies high school programs, including biotechnology and health services, multimedia arts, automotive technology, architecture, construction management, engineering, career research and finance, and culinary sciences. The camps will be taught by Howard County public school teachers.

Career Academies Summer Camps will be held June 22 to June 26 for middle school students and June 29 to July 2 for high school students interested in automotive technology. Both camps will be at the Applications and Research Laboratory on Route 108 in Ellicott City.

Enrollment is on a first-come, first-served basis. Registration forms are available at middle and high school guidance offices, the Career and Technology Office at the Applications and Research Lab, and online at

Information: Sally Long, 410-313-6629.

Food drive donations

The Howard County Food Bank is seeking donations, volunteers and members of the community or organizations willing to hold food drives. To volunteer, call Deepak Chadha at 410-313-6440.

Those in need of assistance can call the Community Action Council at 410-313-6440.

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