Community Notes

Walk set for today to aid those affected by breast cancer

The Red Devils, a new local nonprofit that provides support services to families affected by breast cancer, will sponsor its first "Heart and Sole Stroll" at 9 a.m. today at Centennial Lake, on Route 108 in Ellicott City.


Registration starts at 8:30 a.m. Online registration, at, is encouraged.

Volunteers are also needed.


The Red Devils takes its name from the chemotherapy drug Adriamycin, sometimes called "the red devil."

Information: 410-377-8932.

AIDS Alliance receives $2,200 in grants, donations

The AIDS Alliance of Howard County has received a $1,000 matching grant from the Columbia Foundation. The grant has been matched by $1,200 in donations from Howard County.

The money will allow the volunteer organization to hold six educational dinner events for people with HIV/AIDS, their families, significant others, caregivers and members of the community. Discussion will focus on health care nutrition, alternative medical options, adherence to treatment protocols and communicating with a medical team. Transportation, employment and training services and other programs will also be discussed.

The first dinner was held July 17 at Christ Episcopal Church in Columbia; the next will be in September.

Information: Joel E. Jeppson, 410-740-8187.

Next public meeting on Blandair set Tuesday


The Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks and the Blandair Planning Committee are holding public meetings on a preliminary concept plan, a proposed map, for Blandair - the regional park that will be on 300 acres on the east side of Columbia, known as the Smith farm.

The plan is the result of an 18-month effort by a 23-member committee appointed by County Executive James N. Robey and former Councilman C. Vernon Gray. The group was directed to consider issues such as recreation, preservation of environmentally sensitive areas and wildlife habitats and the creation of an environmental education area.

Meetings are planned for 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Howard High School auditorium, 8700 Old Annapolis Road, and at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 5 in the cafeteria of Oakland Mills Middle School, 9540 Kilimanjaro Road, Columbia. A meeting was also scheduled July 22 at Long Reach High School.

Information: 410-313-4640.

Grandmothers for Peace meeting at 2 p.m. today

The Maryland chapter of Grandmothers for Peace will meet at 2 p.m. today at Owen Brown Interfaith Center, 7246 Cradlerock Way, Columbia.


Activities planning and open discussion will be the meeting's focus. Pins and bumper stickers will be available.

Information or to request a ride: Debbie Matherly, 410-730-6049, or e-mail

Columbia's outdoor pools offer kids' birthday parties

The Columbia Association's outdoor pools will coordinate birthday parties. A personalized birthday cake, paper products, a balloon centerpiece, invitations, ice cream, games and activities will be provided.

Outdoor pool parties are offered at Clary's Forest Dorsey Hall, Dickinson, Hawthorne and Kendall Ridge pools.

The cost is $11 a child for Columbia Association Club members; $13 a child for resident nonmembers. Parties should be booked well in advance.


Information: 410-312-6332.

Multiple Sclerosis Society holding session on walk

The Maryland chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society will hold an "Explore the Challenge Meeting" from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Miller branch library, 9421 Frederick Road, Ellicott City.

Participants can learn about the MS Challenge Walk, a 50-mile, three-day walk from the Naval Academy in Annapolis to Washington to raise money to fight the disease. The walk is scheduled Sept. 5-7.

Information: 800-344-4867 or

Master gardeners plan plant clinics at libraries


Master gardeners, trained by the University of Maryland Cooperative Extension, are offering free plant clinics at four Howard County library branches through September.

Residents are invited to take sample plants to the clinics, where master gardeners will answer questions, provide information and publications, and make recommendations.

Clinics will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Saturdays and 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Mondays at the Miller branch library (410-313-1950); 10 a.m. to noon the second Saturday of each month at the central library (410-313-7800); 10 a.m. to noon the third Saturday of each month at the Glenwood library (410-313-5577); and 10 a.m. to noon Sept. 27 at the Savage branch library (410-880-5975).

Information: 410-313-2707.