Community Briefs

July 19, 2009

'Prepare for Success' needs supplies

Program sponsored by the Community Action Council of Howard County raises funds to purchase backpacks and collects donations of school supplies from around the county. Donors will be able to drop off pencils, paper, scissors, rulers, crayons, notebooks and other supplies Monday through Aug. 28 at boxes throughout the county, including the Columbia Village Centers, all library branches, Columbia Association gyms, the George Howard Building and the Columbia Gateway Building. Call 410-313-6655.

Vendors wanted

Vendors and exhibitors are wanted for Howard County's 50+EXPO, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 16 at Wilde Lake High School, 5460 Trumpeter Road. This year's event features a health fair, health screenings, workshops, live entertainment and food. Fees for vendors vary and are based on category and location. For more information, call 410-313-7467 or go to and click on the 50+EXPO logo.

Columbia Association

* The Columbia Association is recruiting youths, ages 11 to 19, to become members of its middle school and teen advisory committees. As members of the committee, teens can create and implement events and programs for their peers. Past activities include teen idol and role model competitions, charity fundraisers, concerts, a free college fair, dances and more. Members must attend meetings once a month. Call 410-715-5523 for more information.

* The Columbia Association Board of Directors' Planning and Strategy Committee seeks volunteers whose background or careers are in the financial management area to serve a one-year term on the Financial Advisory Committee. Applicants must live or work on Columbia Association-assessed property.

Mail letters of interest along with a resume by July 27 to Chick Rhodehamel, 10221 Wincopin Circle, Suite 100, Columbia, 21044; via fax to 410-312-6327; or e-mail to For additional information, call 410-381-3551.

New officers

The Association of Community Services has elected new officers and members to its board of directors. The new officers are Jay Blackman, president; Harry Schwarz, vice president; Jodi Finkelstein, secretary; and Debra Popiel, treasurer. For more information about the association, its programs and services, call 410-715-9545 or go to

Discount tickets

The Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks, through the Maryland Recreation Parks Association, is offering discount tickets to area theme and water parks. Tickets are for one-day visits and in some cases, season passes, to Busch Gardens, Six Flags Great Adventure and Six Flags America, Water Country USA, Kings Dominion, Dorney Park, Hershey Park, Dutch Wonderland and Sesame Place. Tickets may purchased from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Aug. 28 at recreation and parks headquarters at 7120 Oakland Mills Road in Columbia, 410-313-7275; or at the Glenwood Community Center at 2400 Route 97 in Cooksville, 410-313-4840. For more information, go to and click on amusement park tickets under what's new.

Housing program

The Howard County Department of Housing and Community Development is taking applications for the July enrollment period for the county's moderate income housing unit program. Program offers new homes at reduced prices and rents to eligible families. Application deadline is July 31. For more information, call 410-313-6318 or go to

Volunteer needed

AT:LAST Inc. is seeking an Americorps worker to serve as a volunteer coordinator for a 20-hour per week, 11-month position starting in September. Benefits include a stipend, money for college, insurance and extensive training. E-mail communi for information. Deadline is Aug. 1.

New library hours

All Howard County Library branches will open one hour later Mondays-Saturdays. New hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays. Central and Miller branches are open 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays year-round. All branches resume Sunday hours Sept. 13. 410-313-7890.

Adult softball leagues

The Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks is accepting registration for its fall softball leagues. Play begins Aug. 16. Categories include men's "D" division games every night except Saturdays, a women's Tuesday division, and Co-Rec "C" and "D" division games on Wednesday, Thursday or Friday. Cost is $680 for a 14-game season. Fees include officials, game balls, sanction fees, awards, playoff field reservation and lights. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis; space is limited. Deadline is July 24. Call 410-313-7275 or go to

Recycle old TVs

The Howard County Bureau of Environmental Services reminds residents who have decided not to continue using their analog TVs to recycle instead of throwing them away.

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