Community Notes


April 19, 2009

American Success Awards Dinner set

FIRN, the county government, the county Economic Development Authority and the county Chamber of Commerce are sponsoring the seventh annual American Success Awards Dinner from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. May 6 at the Ten Oaks Ballroom in Clarksville.

The dinner, a fundraiser for FIRN, honors the Rev. Young S. Song of the Church of Phillipi, Lily Bengfort of CenGen and Yifei Gan of Howard Community College. Tickets are $75; $675 for a table of 10. Purchase online at or send a check to FIRN Inc., 5999 Harpers Farm Road, Suite E-200, Columbia, MD 21044. Information: 410-992-1923.

Red Cross training

The American Red Cross, in conjunction with the Volunteer Center Serving Howard County, is sponsoring "Ready When the Time Comes," for training in ways to support American Red Cross bulk distribution and mass care operations in case of emergency or disaster.

The session will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in the Glenwood library, 2350 Route 97, Cooksville.

Registration is required.

Information or registration: 410-715-3179 or

Library resources

The Howard County Library will offer one-on-one tutoring at its branches. Those interested should call a library branch to schedule a session, which are available at all branches unless otherwise indicated.

* "Job Search Tools at the Library," a tour of databases, Web sites and periodicals as well as the business and career sections, will be offered at the Central Library (410-313-7850).

* "Mouse in the House: Family Web Surfing," a program for children 7 and older and adults that covers the basics of surfing the Internet and Web sites that are friendly to children.

* "Open the Door to Open Office," a tour for ages 15 and older of the free software package that creates, edits and saves documents, spreadsheets, presentations and pictures.

* "Research 24/7," a way to access full-text articles and other resources for school assignments, business or personal use from any computer.

* "Surfing Basics for Seniors," a hands-on practice in using the Internet, offered at the Central Library (410-313-7800).

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 on May 17 at Martin's West.

Lord & Taylor at The Mall in Columbia will provide clothing for the fashion show.

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.

For information or to purchase tickets: Geanelle Griffith, 443-629-4458.

Graduation schedule

The Howard County Public School System has announced its commencement schedule for the high school class of 2009.

Graduations will take place at Merriweather Post Pavilion on these dates:

May 26: Atholton, noon; Mount Hebron, 4 p.m.; Centennial, 8 p.m.

May 27: Oakland Mills, noon; Wilde Lake, 4 p.m.; Howard, 8 p.m.

May 28: Cedar Lane School, 9:30 a.m.; Hammond, noon; Glenelg, 4 p.m.; Reservoir, 8 p.m.

May 29: River Hill, 8 a.m.; Marriotts Ridge, 11:30 a.m.; Long Reach, 4 p.m.

Information: 410-313-1505 or 410-313-6682.

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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