Book sale

Shepard of the Glen Lutheran Church holds its 16th annual Book Sale Thursday-Saturday, Sept. 8-10, at 14551 Burntwoods Road in Glenwood. Event features more than 20,000 books for sale, including three rooms of children's books and 1,000 antiquarian books. In addition there will be a large supply of near-fine "coffee table type" books, and a large assortment of DVD's, puzzles, videos, CD's, tapes, and records. Children's books and paperbacks are priced at 50 cents and hardbacks $1. The antiquarian books and a limited number of near-fine books are priced higher. Hours are 3 p.m.-7 p.m. Thursday-Friday, Sept. 8-9, and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10. Directions and more information: 410-489-0063 or 410-442-2475.

Women and divorce

Classes will be held Saturday, Sept. 10 and Oct. 15, at Howard Community College, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway. Registration, times and information: 443-518-4974.

Awards dinner

The Community Action Council will hold its 16th annual Holland Awards Dinner at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 19, at Turf Valley Country Club in Ellicott City. UMBC president, Freeman Hrabowski, will be the keynote speaker. Also, David Weeks from Glenelg Country School will receive the Humanitarian Award and the Howard County Arts Council is the Service Award winner. Tickets are $75, $650 for a table of 10. RSVP by Sept. 30. Please advise if any meals should be vegetarian.

Information: 410-313-6440 or go to

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 Tuesday, 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