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Conservancy gets grant for seminars, project in Woodstock

The Howard County Conservancy has received a $5,980 grant from the Chesapeake Bay Trust to help pay for a seminar series and community garden project at the Waverly Woods development in Woodstock. Support for the project has also been provided by the Waverly Woods Owners Association.

The seminars will include presentations by conservancy staff and representatives from the Chesapeake Bay Foundation and the Master Gardeners Bay Wise Program. Topics will include Chesapeake Bay protection, landscaping for the bay and wildlife in the back yard. The project will culminate in planting "Bay Wise," using native plants, and "Rain" gardens for wet areas at Waverly Woods.

A series of nature programs for preschoolers and their parents begins Tuesday.

The conservancy, which provides environmental education programs for children and adults, is a nonprofit land trust and manages the 232-acre Mount Pleasant Farm in Woodstock. The Gudelsky Education Center, the county's first nature center, will open at Mount Pleasant this year.

Information: 410-465-8877.

Relay for Life fund-raiser planned for June 4 and 5

Relay for Life, an overnight community fund-raiser for the American Cancer Society, is scheduled for June 4 and 5. Teams of eight to 15 people are needed.

Teams can be employees, friends, members of religious groups and civic organizations or neighbors. A captain organizes and leads the team.

Money is raised from sponsors before the event, which includes taking turns walking or running around a track through the night, camping and having picnics, music, dancing and games.

The event will include a ceremony during which candles will be lighted to honor or remember those affected by cancer. Candles are $10 each.

Requests to purchase a candle can be sent to hcrelay@hot mail.com.

Information about forming a team or becoming a team member: 800-787-4337.

Volunteers being sought to help with blood drives

The Greater Chesapeake and Potomac Blood Services Region of the Red Cross is seeking volunteers, ages 14 or older, to help with blood drives.

Volunteers will greet donors, observe them after they donate blood and serve refreshments. A commitment of two or more blood drives per month is requested. Training is available.

Information or to register for training: 800-272-0094, Ext. 1.

Disaster-preparedness orientation set tomorrow

The Volunteer Center Serving Howard County, in cooperation with the Community Emergency Response Network, will hold a disaster-preparedness orientation from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. tomorrow at the Elkridge library, 6540 Washington Blvd., Elkridge.

The center is recruiting and referring community members to local, nonprofit and government agencies that need volunteers for disaster preparedness and recovery.

Limited space is available for the orientation.

Registration: 410-715-3172.

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