Community Notes


Giving Circle holding meeting this afternon

The Women's Giving Circle of Howard County will hold its first Annual Meeting from 4:15 p.m. to 6 p.m. today at Ten Oaks Ballroom in Clarksville. Members, friends and the public are invited.

Tracy Gary, philanthropist and author of Inspired Philanthropy: Creating a Giving Plan, will discuss "The Emerging Role of Women's Philanthropy." A member of the Pillsbury family, Gary has founded more than 14 nonprofit organizations, including Resourceful Women, The Women's Foundation of San Francisco and the Changemakers Funds.

The mission of the Women's Giving Circle is to create a community of philanthropists and an endowment fund, and to provide grants to institutions and programs that address the needs of women and girls in Howard County.

Afternoon tea will be served. Admission is $20.

Reservations: 410-730-7840, or Linda Odum at

Session tonight to help devise Columbia strategies

The Columbia Association and Columbia Council are holding public planning sessions to discuss strategies for serving the future needs of the town. During the past two years, such meetings have provided a forum for residents to voice their concerns.

Meetings will continue at 7:30 p.m. today at Historic Oakland in Town Center; tomorrow at Owen Brown Community Center; and Monday at Claret Hall in River Hill.

A list of strategies is available at www.columbiaassocia, under "What Do You Think?"

Information: 410-715-3111.

Community-building group to hold meeting March 17

Community Building in Howard County will hold its annual meeting at 7 p.m. March 17 in the Oakland Mills High School media center, 9410 Kilimanjaro Road, Columbia.

The meeting had been scheduled Feb. 17, but it was postponed because of inclement weather.

The organization's mission is to promote understanding through programs on conflict resolution, cultural diversity and prejudice reduction.

The agenda includes election of officers and a discussion of the group's vision for the year.

Information: 410-730-3334.

Public budget meeting to be held March 12

Howard County Executive James N. Robey will hold his second Citizens' Budget Meeting for fiscal year 2004 at 7:30 p.m. March 12 in the Banneker Room of the George Howard Building, 3430 Courthouse Drive, Ellicott City.

A summary of departmental requests will be available Friday in county libraries, online at the county's Web site,, and at 410-313-2022.

Those who wish to testify can sign up, starting at 6:30 p.m. A form is available for comment on the county's Web site; click on "Give Online Budget Testimony."

Information: 410-313-2022. To request a sign language interpreter: 410-313-6400 or TTY at 410-313-6401 at least three working days in advance.

Rosenbaum, Paxton named Relay for Life chairwomen

Susan Rosenbaum and Dottie Paxton have been named chairwomen of the 2003 Howard County Relay for Life.

The fund-raiser, an overnight celebration of life in which team members take turns walking or running around a track, is dedicated to cancer survivors and those who have died of the disease.

Businesses, hospitals, schools, churches, civic groups or families can form teams of eight to 15 members. The event will be held June 6 and 7.

Information: 800-787-4337, or

Historic Ellicott City seeks decorator house

Historic Ellicott City Inc. is seeking a house to be its next Decorator Show House. Funds raised will help maintain the organization's programs of preservation, education and restoration in Ellicott City's historic district.

A well-maintained, older house with several rooms is preferable.

Information: 410-461-6908.

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