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Ceremony slated marking issuance of Robeson stamp

In observance of Black History Month, the Howard County Center of African American Culture Inc. will sponsor a dedication ceremony Thursday celebrating the issuance of a stamp honoring actor, singer and activist Paul Robeson.

Representatives from the U.S. Postal Service will sell canceled pictorial envelopes and stamps and will postmark letters from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. A short program honoring Robeson will be held at 11 a.m.

The stamp was issued Jan. 20 in Robeson's hometown of Princeton, N.J. He is the 27th African-American to be so honored.

The center will hold an open house, with museum tours and videos about famous African-Americans, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

Admission is free.

Information: 410-715-1921.

Exhibitors being sought for volunteer fair April 21

The Association of Community Services is seeking exhibitors for this year's Community Services and Volunteer Fair, to be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 21 at Howard Community College's Galleria.

The fair, which includes information and exhibits on housing, senior services, domestic violence, education, health care and other topics, will be held during National Volunteer Week.

The fair offers access to potential donors, board members and volunteers. Exhibitors who register by March 1 will be eligible for pre-event exhibitor workshops and reduced rates.

The fair is a joint project of the association, the Volunteer Center Serving Howard County and Howard Community College.

Information: 410-796-7824, or

Family health expo seeks groups to take part

The Southeast Horizon Council is seeking health and human service organizations to participate in its second Fun, Food & Fitness Family Health Expo, to be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 27 at Murray Hill Middle School in North Laurel.

The event is designed to provide information about Howard County's service providers to residents of Savage and Laurel. Free health screenings and fitness demonstrations will be included.

The registration deadline is Friday. There is no charge to participating organizations.

Information: Cathy Smith, 410-461-3696, or cvsmith@com

The Southeast Horizon Council is an advisory group made up of people who live and/or work in the North Laurel and Savage communities. The group advises the Horizon Foundation about significant concerns in the North Laurel and Savage areas.

United Seniors rally in Annapolis rescheduled

The United Seniors of Maryland's state legislative rally in Annapolis has been rescheduled for Tuesday. The rally was originally planned for Jan. 27.

The Howard County Commission on Aging is providing free bus transportation to and from the rally. The bus will leave Florence Bain Senior Center at 7 a.m., returning by 4 p.m. It will make a stop at Ellicott City Senior Center at 7:30 a.m.

A $10 rally registration ticket, which can be purchased on the bus, includes a continental breakfast, box lunch, talks by legislators and a caucus with Howard County delegation members.

Participants can register for the free bus at Florence Bain Senior Center or by calling 410-313-7213.

Information about the rally: 410-312-9140.

ACS reschedules meeting with Robey for Tuesday

The Association of Community Services has rescheduled its annual meeting with Howard County Executive James N. Robey for noon to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at Owen Brown Interfaith Center, 7246 Cradlerock Way, Columbia. Admission is free. Those who attend can bring a lunch.

Information: 410-796-7824, or

HC DrugFree offering spring speaker series

HC DrugFree, a partnership of parents, schools, county agencies and community organizations addressing teen substance abuse, is presenting its free spring speaker series for Howard County parents and students.

"Teen Stress and Depression" will be the topic March 10 at Reservoir High School, and "Ask the Counselor," with a panel of Health Department, school and private counselors, is planned March 18 at Mount Hebron High School.

The series is to run through April 28.

Information: Laura Smit, 410-799-4879, or www.hcdrug

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