Community Briefs


December 20, 2009


Corridor Transportation Corp., manager of Connect-A-Ride bus service, will hold a "Stuff-A-Bus" food drive for area food banks. On Wednesday, 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. Wednesday 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.

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.

Special Olympics

Special Olympics Howard County (SOHO) seeks volunteers to participate in sports training and competition with Special Olympic athletes. The organization is looking for basketball partners who are 18 or older and available two days a week from early January through mid-March. Elite basketball skills are not a requirement. Twice a week practices begin in January.

To sign up and more information, call 410-740-0500.

Essay contest

The Howard County Bird Club announces its annual Youth Birding Essay Contest. Applicants must be Howard County residents between the ages of 9 and 13. Topic of the essay is "My Favorite Bird Watching Experience." Length should be no longer than 250 words.

Prize for the best essay is a backpack containing a pair of Eagle Optics Triumph 8x42 binoculars, a field guide and a one-year membership in the Howard County Bird Club.

Essays should be sent to Tom Miller, 6404 Glasgow Circle, Sykesville 21784 or e-mail to Include name, age and contact information. Deadline is Jan. 31.

Women's award

Soroptimist International of Howard County seeks applicants for the Soroptimist Women's Opportunity Award. Annual award provides a cash grant to a woman head-of-household who needs financial assistance to go back to school to obtain additional education, job skills and training. The money may be used for any cost associated with continuing education, including books, child care and transportation.

Call 410-461-5922 for application or write to Soroptimist of Howard County, Foundations Chair, 8321 Main St., P.M.B. No. 101, Ellicott City 21043.

Application deadline is Jan. 11.

Poster design contest

The Columbia Festival of the Arts will feature an original piece of artwork by a Howard County K-12 student on its 2010 brochures, programs and posters. Winning work will be purchased from the student for a cash prize of $500. Certificates will be awarded for the best entry in each grade level and also for juror's and director's choices. Selected pieces will be on display at the festival June 11-26.

On their entries, students should visually interpret the essence of a multidisciplinary arts festival. Dimensions of the artwork should be 16 1/2 by 11 3/4 inches on white paper only. Deadline is at 5 p.m. Feb. 5. Winning entries become property of the festival arts.

Call 410-715-3044 or go to for more information.

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