Community Notes

King commission sets tribute for Jan. 11 at Long Reach High

The Martin Luther King Jr. Howard County Holiday Commission will hold its annual tribute to the late civil rights leader from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Jan. 11 in the Long Reach High School auditorium. Maryland Lt. Gov. Michael S. Steele will be the keynote speaker.


"Living the Dream" awards will be presented to middle and high school students for achievement in leadership, academics and community service. Awards also will be presented to an individual and a business that carry out the ideals of King.

The celebration is free and open to the public. A reception and refreshments will follow.


Master gardener course will start Jan. 26 in county

Registration is open for master gardener training offered by the Maryland Cooperative Extension, Howard County office.

The training will cover plant, insect and disease problems, and other topics related to sustainable and environmental impacts of gardening practices.

Training will be offered from 9 a.m. to noon Mondays and Wednesdays, Jan. 26 to March 31, at the Maryland Cooperative Extension Office in Ellicott City. The cost is $130. New and experienced gardeners are invited to register.

Information or to receive a registration packet: 410-313- 2707.

Robey seeks nominees for child-care recognition

County Executive James N. Robey is soliciting nominations for those who have shown outstanding commitment to young children.

Child-care providers, early childhood programs, businesses or individuals are eligible for recognition at the county's annual "Celebrating Successes" ceremony during the Month of the Young Child on April 27 at Ten Oaks Ballroom in Clarksville.


Nomination categories include creativity, diversity, family-friendly policies, professional development, promoting nonviolence, technology, inclusion/special needs, behavior management, community involvement and specialized curriculum.

Nominations must be received by March 15. To obtain a form or for information: Howard County Child Care Resource Center, 410-313-1940.

Grandmothers for Peace to hold three 'Talkfests'

Maryland Grandmothers for Peace will hold a 45-minute "Talkfest" at 1 p.m. Tuesdays, next week and Jan. 20 and 27 at the 50+ Center at the east Columbia library, 6600 Cradlerock Way, Columbia.

Discussion will focus on the meaning of peace and how to achieve it.

Admission is free. Registration is requested.


Information: 410-313-7680

Free cancer screenings offered for those eligible

The Howard County Health Department is offering free screenings for colorectal cancer to county residents who meet eligibility requirements.

The department also offers free mammograms to women ages 40 and older who meet certain requirements.

Information: 410-313-2333.