Community Notes


April 12, 2009

Patapsco River cleanup planned

The Friends of Patapsco Valley and Heritage Greenway is seeking volunteers, with or without kayaks, for a Patapsco River cleanup along River Road in the Ellicott City area from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday.

Experienced kayakers are encouraged to volunteer and must have personal flotation devices.

Volunteers should wear comfortable clothing, long pants and hats, and bring sunscreen and insect repellent. Everyone is welcome; children younger than 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

Information: 410-480-0824, e-mail or go to

Scholarship benefit

The Pearl Foundation Inc. of Iota Lambda Omega Chapter, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., will award six scholarships to Howard County high school seniors at its 29th Annual Scholarship Benefit Luncheon & Fashion Show, to be held May 17 at Martin's West. Lord & Taylor at The Mall in Columbia will provide clothing for the fashion show.

Six scholarships will be awarded to Howard County seniors for excellence in math, science, performing or visual arts, and education. Scholarships will also be awarded to a student who plans to enter a historically black college and to a senior who has provided exemplary service to the community.

Tickets are $65. Proceeds will help support the Pearl Foundation's scholarship fund. Information or to purchase tickets: Geanelle Griffith, 443-629-4458.

Business seminar

The Howard Technology Council will present a seminar on "The Small Business Innovation Research Program" from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Center for Business and Technology Development, 9250 Bendix Road N., Columbia.

Ralph Blakeney, a technology industry manager with the Maryland Small Business Development Center, will lead a discussion on SBIR grants.

Networking and registration begin at 8 a.m. There will be an opportunity for questions after the presentation.

Admission is free, but registration is required. Information: 410-313-6550, e-mail or go to

Girls' summer camp

The Women's Giving Circle is accepting applications for Journey 2009 summer camp for middle and high school girls.

The camp, which will include 40 girls entering eighth and ninth grades in the fall, runs June 21-27 at Washington College in Chestertown. It will include workshops on empowerment and motivation, communication skills, decision-making, group dynamics, self-awareness, goal-setting and conflict resolution

Applicants should be interested in leadership and community service, and be willing to try new experiences in a safe environment.

Applications are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis and are school guidance offices.

Information: 800-442-7007 or e-mail

Tax assistance

Community Action Council in partnership with AARP, the IRS, and the county Department of Citizen Services' Office on Aging is providing free tax assistance services to qualified county residents.

The services, available at CAC, 6751 Columbia Gateway Drive, Columbia, and at other locations, will be available through Wednesday. There is no age limit for clients. Those younger than 60 must earn $50,000 or less.

To make an appointment: 410-313-6440.

Food bank in need

The Howard County Food Bank is seeking donations, volunteers and members of the community or organizations willing to hold food drives.

To volunteer: Deepak Chadha, 410-313-6440. Those in need of assistance should call the Community Action Council, 410-313-6185.

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