Community Briefs

December 13, 2009

'Stuff-A-Bus'

Corridor Transportation Corporation, manager of Connect-A-Ride bus service, will hold a "Stuff-A-Bus" food drive for area food banks. On Dec. 23, patrons are asked to donate nonperishable food items in lieu of paying transit fares.

In addition, a bus will be at the Laurel Mill transit hub from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Dec. 23 to collect items received from bus riders. Those not using public transportation who want to donate are encouraged to do so at the transit hub.

Donations will be distributed to Laurel Advocacy & Referral Services and the Christian Assistance Program Food Pantry in Odenton.

Community Action Council

During the county furlough week, Dec. 28-31, the Community Action Council of Howard County will move its operations to Dasher Green Head Start Center, 6680 Cradlerock Way in Columbia, and the North Laurel-Savage Multiservice Center, 9105 All Saints Road in Laurel.

Call 410-313-6440 for more information.

Toy drives

* Marriotts Ridge High School is sponsoring its annual "Holiday Toy Drive" through Friday. Donations of new, unwrapped toys can be made between 7 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Monday-Friday in the school's front office, 12100 Woodford Drive, Marriottsville.

* Long & Foster's Columbia office announces its annual toy drive to benefit the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves' Toys for Tots Campaign. Items may be dropped off daily between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. at 10805 Hickory Ridge Road in Columbia before Friday.

Call 410-715-2748 for more information.

Umpires needed

The Tri-County Umpires Association will hold classes beginning in February for anyone interested in umpiring baseball in Howard, Baltimore, Carroll and surrounding counties. For more information, call Mike at 410-916-5655.

Film series

Tickets are on sale for the 18th season of the Columbia Jewish Congregation's Jewish Film Series at The Meeting House in Oakland Mills scheduled for January-April. Cost is $28 for four films, $23 for three films, $16 for two films and $9 for single ticket, sold at the door only. The cost includes refreshments and post-screening discussions.

For tickets and more information, call 410-381-4809.

Holiday gifts

Tau Pi Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc. launches its PEAK (Puzzles Enriching Aspiring Kids) program on Friday. The chapter has purchased and will distribute age-appropriate puzzles as Christmas gifts to 3- and 4-year-old Head Start children in Howard County.

Call 410-313-6440 for more information.

'Howard County's Got Talent'

Middle and high school students with singing, dancing and musical skills are encouraged to audition for "Howard County's Got Talent" at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday at the Columbia Teen Center, 5853 Robert Oliver Place in Columbia. Finalists will compete Jan. 8 for the grand prize of a one-year representation contract with Cima Talent Management Inc. Agency.

To register and more information, call 410-715-5523.

School news

The Food & Nutrition Services of Howard County's public schools has added a new link to its Web page where families can view the daily lunch menu for their respective schools, along with the menus for the next week as soon as they are posted. In addition, the nutritional value of each menu item is available in a drop down box.

Go to schoolmenu.com or hcpss.org and click on lunch menus in the quick links area.

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