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Ellicott City: Centennial High School Boosters seeks Gala fundraiser volunteers

Cindy Ouellette, Centennial High school parent and Boosters Club Gala Dinner chairwoman, informed me that she is seeking interested parents and community members to help plan and implement this year's adults-only fundraiser scheduled for March 2012.

Ouellette is forming a committee to assist with choosing a venue and caterer, publicity, corporate sponsorship, gift basket raffles, silent auction and decorations. Last year's event was held at Union Jack's restaurant, in Columbia.

Centennial High School Boosters is a nonprofit organization that supports all of the school's extra-curricular activities that include more than 35 sports teams and 70 student clubs and organizations such as It's Academic, math team, Robotic Club, drill team, student government and foreign language clubs.

Booster's President Mike Couch told parents at back-to-school night that the organization is an essential financial bridge for many school organizations and teams. For example, Couch explained that although each school receives money from the county for athlete expenses, often when that money is divided among the many school athletes, it often doesn't even cover the cost of uniforms.

If you have any time or interest in helping this worthy organization — even if it's only a few hours — email Ouellette at cindy@unionjacks.com. Go to the Centennial High School Booster's website at centennialboostersonline.com to learn more about the organization.

Calling all Seniors! Today, Thursday, Sept. 22 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Ellicott City Senior Center will present a free Safety Awareness Day. Professional from the Howard County Police and Fire departments along with the County's Consumer Affairs Office will conduct seminars on various safety topics including the "Top 10 Fire & Safety Tips," "When you Call 911," "Personal and Home Safety" and "Telemarking Scams — Arm Yourself with Knowledge."

Attendees will also be treated to an outdoor display of vintage and modern Howard County emergency vehicles including fire trucks, ambulances, police vehicles and the Mobile Command Center. For more information, call the senior center at 410-313-1400.

Howard County Library in partnership with the Howard County Public School System and Howard Community College will present a Choose Civility symposium "Building a Responsible, Bully-Free Community" Oct. 5 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at HCC's Smith Theater.

Moderated by National Public Radio journalist Korva Coleman, the free event will feature panelists Courtney Macavinta, president of The Respect Institute and co-author of the book "Respect;" Marcy Leonard, Hammond High School principal and Dr. Brad Sachs, a psychologist and best-selling author.

To register for the symposium go to the registration wesbite at choosecivility2011symposium.eventbrite.com. For more information, call the library at 410-313-7750 or go to the Choose Civility website at http://www.choosecivility.org.

Don't be surprised if you hear the roar of motorcycles at Turf Valley Resort Sunday, Sept. 25. The motorcyclists are in town to participate in the 20th Baltimore/Washington Ride for Kids, a fundraiser for the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation that is held in several cities around the country.

The 2011 Baltimore/Washington Ride marks the organization's 500th ride. Hundreds of motorcyclists are expected to take part in the 2011 event which will take them on a scenic ride through Maryland, rain or shine. After the ride, they will return to Turf Valley for a Celebration of Life ceremony and award presentation.

Bob Henig of Bob's BMW in Jessup has been involved in the Ride for Kids and foundation for almost 18 years. He'd like to beat his fundraising goal from last year of $120,000.

If you would like to join Henig's riding group and or make a donation, call him at 301-497-8949, ext. 218 or email him at bob@bobsbmw.com. For more information on the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation, go to the organization's website at http://www.pbtfus.org.

Each year the Howard County Arts Council presents the prestigious Howie Awards to an Artist, arts educator and business or community art supporter in recognition of their significant contributions to the arts in Howard County.

The Arts Council is currently seeking nominations for the 2011 Howie Awards. The winners will be presented March 24 at the annual Celebration of the Arts Gala.

Nomination forms are available online at the Arts Council's website at http://www.hocoarts.org. Please note the forms must be postmarked or faxed no later than November 1, 2011.

For more details, go to the Arts Council website at http://www.hocoarts.org call 410-313-ARTS (2787) or visit the Howard County Center for the Arts at 8510 High Ridge Road, in Ellicott City.

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