Howard County Briefs

August 26, 2011

Disaster training

The Volunteer Center Serving Howard County will hold two training sessions for volunteers interested in helping staff a disaster Volunteer Mobilization Center during times of disaster and recovery. Its purpose is to coordinate community needs with volunteers who come forward to help with tasks such as cleanup or information distribution. A classroom training session will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 15 at the center, 10221 Wincopin Circle in Columbia, and a simulation training session will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17, at the Community Room, 5000 Signal Bell Lane in Clarksville. Interested participants are encouraged to attend both training sessions. Registration must be made by Sept. 13.

To register, call 410-715-3179 or e mail Information: 410-715-3172 or go to


The third annual "WomenFest," a wellness event for women, will be held from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 15, at the Gary J. Arthur Community Center, 2400 Route 97 in Cooksville. Event focuses on health, wellness, fashion and beauty, and is designed to inspire women to live more balanced, healthier and fuller lives. There will be health screenings, demonstrations, workshops, seminars, and a variety of vendor exhibits and food. Attendees can also participate in belly dancing, zumba and Bollywood demonstrations. There will be free blood pressure, body mass index, foot, glaucoma, glucose, cholesterol and HIV screenings available. Health experts will be on hand to offer guidance on HIV prevention, nutrition, fall prevention, and women's wellness. Seminar topics include, "Eating for Beauty," "Sexuality: No Expiration Date," "Women in the Woods," and "Money Myths that Get Smart Women in Trouble." There will also be more than 40 vendors and exhibitors offering products and services.

Admission is free. Information: 410-313-5440 or go to

Soccer coaches

Special Olympics needs soccer coaches for the coming season, which runs from late August through October. Practices are held twice a week, on Wednesday evenings and Saturday afternoons. Training will be provided. All new coaches must attend a volunteer orientation at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 11. Information: 410-740-0500.

Columbia Association

Organization seeks residents to serve a two-year term on the Senior Advisory Committee. Goal of this committee is to advise the association on the needs, interests and concerns of Columbia's senior residents. Nominees must have demonstrated interest in the senior population, be at least 55 years-old and be knowledgeable of senior programs and services in the county. Letters of interest should be mailed to: Columbia Association, 10221 Wincopin Circle, Columbia, 21044, Attention Michelle Miller, or e-mailed to Information: 410-715-3170.


Columbia Pro Cantare is holding auditions for all parts for its 35th anniversary season. Regular rehearsals begin Sept. 6 and are held from 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesdays at Hammond High School in Columbia.

To schedule an audition, call 410-730-8549 or go to


Tryouts will be held for the Elkridge Hurricanes' travel baseball teams on Sunday, Aug. 28 at Rockburn Branch Park, Howard High School and Long Reach High School. For more information, go to or e mail

Volunteers needed

The Howard County Conservancy seeks volunteer naturalists for its fall field trip programs. Naturalists assist conservancy staff during field trips by leading nature hikes on the property. Field trips are offered during October and November, and naturalists are asked to lead a minimum of three hikes. Training takes place from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Thursdays in September for the elementary program and Tuesdays for the secondary program. Participants will receive a manual and learn ecological concepts as well as the history of plants and wildlife in Howard County. Cost for materials is $10.

To register and more information, call 410-465-8877.

Flea market

The Columbia Pro Cantare Chorus sponsors a flea market from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17, at Christ Episcopal Church, 6800 Oakland Mills Road in Columbia. Information: 410-916-0744.

10K run

The annual Knights of Columbus 10K Run will take place at 8 a.m. Saturday at the Shrine of St. Anthony, 12290 Folly Quarter Road in Ellicott City. Event helps to support local charities, including the Arc of Howard County. Other activities include music, food, a snowball stand, prizes, post-race massages by Howard County Chiropractic Spine & Sports Rehabilitation and a moon bounce. To register and for more information, call 410-531-7594 or go to

Charity golf event

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