Howard County digest

November 06, 2010

Information session

Howard County Community College's Office of Counseling and Career Services will host a free information session on legal and law enforcement careers from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 10, in Room 100 in Duncan Hall on the campus, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway in Columbia. Officials from the FBI and the Maryland Office of the Public Defender will speak about preparing for opportunities within their agencies and lawyers representing civil litigation, immigration law and corporate and real estate law will discuss their work. Information: 443-518-4855.

Film series

The Columbia Jewish Congregation presents its annual film series beginning Jan. 22 with "A Matter of Size." All screenings will be at the Columbia Jewish Congregation, 5885 Robert Oliver Place, Room 200. Tickets are $30 for entire four-film series, $24 for three, or $17 for two showings. Single tickets will also be available at the door for $9. Doors open at 7:30 p.m.; screenings begin at 8 p.m. Refreshments and post-film discussion included. Information: 410-381-4809, 410-997-0694, or e-mail

Services directory

The Southeast Howard County Health Services Directory, a guide to resources near North Laurel and Savage, is available free at the North Laurel-Savage Multiservice Center, 9900 Washington Blvd. Directory includes listings of clinics, pharmacies, hospitals, general and family practices, dentists, obstetricians and gynecologists, transportation and crisis contacts. Guide also indicates whether Spanish and Korean are spoken at the service delivery sites, as well as the facility's address, contact information and hours of operation. Hours and information: 410-880-5917.

Emergency funds

The Women's Giving Circle of Howard County has granted $4,900 of its 2010 grants budget in emergency funds to local nonprofits serving women and girls. Emergency grants are provided to selected nonprofit organizations on an annual basis to be used throughout the year toward immediate relief of emergencies in the lives of women and girls they serve. Each of this year's recipients was granted $700. WGC was founded in 2002 and has more than 850 donors, who have contributed and pledged more than $850,000 to its donor-advised fund with the Columbia Foundation, Howard County's community foundation. Information:

MLK Holiday Commission

Interested Howard County residents 18 and older can apply for openings on the Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Commission to serve two-year terms. They must be willing to attend the commission's meetings at 7 p.m. on the first Wednesday of each month at the Columbia Gateway Building, 6751 Columbia Gateway Drive. The commission was established to encourage and coordinate appropriate activities and ceremonies throughout Howard County to honor the birthday, ideals and legacy of King. Successful candidates will be appointed by the county executive and confirmed by the County Council. Letters of interest, including resumes, should be sent to Jessica Feldmark, chief of staff, George Howard Building, 3430 Courthouse Drive, Ellicott City 21043.

New Year's Eve

The Mall in Columbia celebrates its 40th anniversary with a "Ball in the Mall" from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. New Year's Eve to benefit the Columbia Foundation. Event originated in 1972 to serve as a birthday celebration for the town of Columbia's fifth birthday, and was last held in 1987 to mark its 20th anniversary. The evening includes dinner, dancing, an open bar, live music and a midnight champagne toast. Tickets are $100 per person and are available online at The mall is at 10300 Little Patuxent Parkway.

Grant awards

More than 30 arts and cultural organizations in Howard County and Baltimore will receive $342,943 in matching grants from the Howard County Arts Council for fiscal year 2011. These matching grants will be used by 18 organizations, nine public schools and 11 Baltimore organizations to support general operations, artist residencies and art projects. Information: 410-313-2787.

Hall of fame nominations

Howard County's Commission for Women is seeking nominations for outstanding women to be inducted into the 2011 Women's Hall of Fame. The event honors women who have made significant contributions to Howard County or the nation through their profession and/or community service, and who are role models. Nominees can be living or deceased, and must have lived in Howard County for at least 10 years. Deadline for submissions is Friday, Nov. 12. Information: 410-313-6400 or

Savage Park project

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