Community Notes


County police to offer seminar on ways to burglar-proof a home

The Howard County Police Department will offer a free home security seminar on burglar-proofing the home from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday in the community meeting room of the Howard County Police Station, Northern District, 3410 Court House Drive, Ellicott City.

Registration is required

Information or registration: 410-313-3750.

Robey will receive honor at bar association event

The Howard County Bar Association, in cooperation with the Waring-Mitchell Law Society and the Women's Bar Association of Howard County, will honor County Executive James N. Robey at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Elkridge Furnace Inn, 5745 Furnace Ave., Elkridge.

The event will be part of a celebration of the 60th anniversary of the Howard County Bar Association and the Spring Judges' Reception.

Entertainment will be provided by the Glenelg Jazz Ensemble. The cost is $50.

Registration is requested.

Information: Jeffrey A. Krew, 410-997-6900.

Health agency sponsoring AIDS, HIV-care training

The Howard County Health Department, in conjunction with HERO of Baltimore, will sponsor a buddy-training program for those interested in working with people with HIV or AIDS.

Training will be held in the evening tomorrow, May 8, 15 and 22.

Information or to volunteer: Debbie Meyer, 410-313-2333.

Learn how to care for disabled children

Caring Communities is offering its "Respite Cares!" course from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesdays, May 15, 22 and 29, at Florence Bain Senior Center, 5470 Ruth Keeton Way, Columbia.

The free training program is for adults interested in providing respite care, or baby-sitting, for children with disabilities. Trained care providers can earn $8 to $15 an hour.

Attendance at all three sessions is required.

The program is sponsored by a grant from the Horizon Foundation.

Information: 410-796-5772.

Mental Health Authority plans fund-raiser Friday

The Howard County Mental Health Authority will sponsor its third fund-raiser for "Pathways to Hope."

The event will be held from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday at Florence Bain Senior Center in Columbia.

County Executive James N. Robey will speak at 6:30 p.m. Dels. Elizabeth Bobo and Frank S. Turner and County Councilman C. Vernon Gray also are to speak.

The theme will be "A Caribbean Sway." Tickets are $25. Proceeds will be used to help people with psychiatric disabilities make a transition into independent life in Howard County.

Information: 410-313-7350.

Master gardeners to offer plant clinics at libraries

Howard County Master Gardeners is offering free plant clinics at two libraries through September.

Gardening questions and samples may be taken to the clinic at the Miller branch library, 9421 Frederick Road, Ellicott City, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Mondays or 10 a.m. to noon Saturdays, and to the Savage branch library, 9525 Durness Lane, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturdays.

Master gardeners will be available to provide information and advice.

The plant clinics will not be offered on holiday weekends.

Information: 410-313-2707.

Parks department seeks wine festival volunteers

The Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks is accepting applications from people ages 21 and older, to volunteer to help at the ninth Wine in the Woods Festival on May 19 and 20 at Columbia's Symphony Woods.

Volunteers receive a ticket for one day at the festival in exchange for a 3 1/2 -hour shift.

Orientation will be held from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. May 10.

Information: Christina Cross, 410-313-4624.

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