Job fair planned in Clarksville
Employers from major defense industry giants to government agencies will be looking for applicants at a job fair 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday at the Ten Oaks Ballroom, 5000 Signal Bell Lane, next to the River Hill Village Center in Clarksville.
The event is sponsored by the Columbia Workforce Center, a combined county-state office.
Employers present are to include the Department of Homeland Security, the Defense Information System Agency, the Social Security Administration, Lockheed Martin, Northrup Grumman, Maryland Department of Budget and Management and others.
For more information, call the center at 410-290-2600 or 410-290-2620.
The Concerned Citizens of Western Howard County are planning their second annual public meeting May 18 at 7 p.m. at the Lisbon Fire Hall on Route 94 just south of the Lisbon traffic circle.
The citizens group is devoted to preserving a rural way of life in western Howard County and welcomes participation.
For more information, go to ccwhco.com.
Softball players needed
The Cindy La Rue Co-Rec Softball League is seeking players age 19 and older from Howard County and neighboring areas. Couples and women are especially welcome.
Slow-pitch, noncompetitive softball games are played Sunday afternoons at Wilde Lake Middle School fields from May to August. Athletic skill is not required; everyone plays. Children are welcome to come and cheer. A league-wide picnic and awards program will conclude the season.
There is a minimal registration fee. Information: Bill Jones, 410-499-9918.
Breast cancer support
The Center for Breast Care at Howard County General Hospital is offering a support program for women with breast cancer, matching volunteer breast cancer survivors with newly diagnosed women for insight and support through the time of the patient's treatment and recovery. Called "Survivors Offering Support," the program was introduced at Howard County General in 2006.
The hospital is recruiting breast cancer survivors to serve as SOS mentors. Volunteers are required to complete an application and attend an initial training session that includes information on therapeutic listening and communications, breast cancer diagnosis and treatments, patient advocacy and support resources for those diagnosed with the disease.
Each year, mentors must also attend two of four training sessions on the latest developments in breast cancer research and treatment. Mentors must obtain a release from two doctors indicating that they are emotionally ready to act as a mentor.
The program is funded in part by Susan G. Komen for the Cure.
Information: Tina Beerman, 410-884-8450, or Joan Montanari, 410-884-4574, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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).
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.
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority is America's first Greek-letter organization founded by and for African-American college women. The Iota Lambda Omega chapter has served Howard County since 1972.