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Eat chili for a good cause at annual cook-off [Ellicott City]

Help the homeless in Howard County by eating chili at the fourth annual Hotter Than Thou chili cook-off Sunday, March 9, from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m., at the Church of the Resurrection in Ellicott City. 

Sponsored by the Bridges to Housing Stability (formerly Congregations Concerned for the Homeless), the cook-off will feature unique chili recipes from 16 community congregations, all vying for the coveted "Golden Ladle" award. 

Chili samples will be available from the following congregrations: Bet Aviv, Bridgeway Community Church, Catonsville Presbyterian Church, Christ United Methodist Church, Church of the Resurrection, Columbia Jewish Congregation, First Presbyterian Church, Glen Mar United Methodist Church, Liberty Grove Methodist Church, Linden Linthicum United Methodist Church, Lisbon United Methodist Church, Mt. Zion United Methodist Church, Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church, St. Andrews Episcopal, St. John United Church and Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Columbia.

While there is no admission charge to this family friendly event, voting is done by "tipping" your favorite congregation (cash or checks accepted). 

Participants are encouraged to tip generously as the proceeds from the chili cook-off directly benefit all of Bridges' clients. Last year, the organization served more than 100 Howard County households that were homeless or on the verge of homelessness. Bridges works to empower local families to maintain stability in their homes and through community partnerships to prevent homelessness in Howard County.

Church of the Resurrection is at 3175 Paulskirk Drive. For more information about Bridges and the cook-off, go to http://www.bridges2hs.org, the organization's Facebook page or call 410-312-5760. 

Two Ellicott City events will give the community an opportunity to meet and speak with county elected officials. 

On Monday, March 10, at 7 p.m., County Executive Ken Ulman will host the second Citizens' Budget Hearing at the George Howard Building at 3430 Court House Drive (Banneker Room). Citizen's are encourage to attend and share their thoughts regarding the county's spending priorities for Fiscal Year 2015. Residents may sign-up on-line to speak or submit on-line testimony at http://www.howardcountymd.gov/budgettestimony.htm or sign up in person the night of the hearing beginning at 6 p.m.

On Thursday, March 20, from 7:30 to 9 p.m., the Howard County Board of Education will host a Coffee and Conversation session at Bonnie Branch Middle School (Media Center) for citizens who are interested in meeting informally with Board members to discuss concerns and ideas about the Howard County Public School system. These meetings are held throughout the year at various locations in the county. Residents are invited to attend any or all sessions. Bonnie Branch Middle School is at 4979 Ilchester Road. 

Calling all high school entrepreneurs!  Howard County Blue Ocean Competition, a new entrepreneurial competition for Howard County high school students, is scheduled for Saturday, May 31, at Centennial High School. Registration for the event begins Friday, March 7. 

Sponsored by the Future Business Leaders of America CHS chapter, the competition will allow high school teams of one to three students to develop an idea for an innovative product or service. The teams will present their idea to a panel of judges consisting of local business leaders and entrepreneurs. An awards ceremony will be held for all participants and their parents where the top three teams will receive cash awards — first place ($600), second place ($300) and third place ($150). 

For more information about the competition, contact Nicholas Benavides

at 12nbenavides@gmail.com or go to Howard County Blue Ocean Competition on Facebook. 

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