Community Notes


Conservancy needs volunteer naturalists for school program

The Howard County Conservancy at Mount Pleasant Farm in Woodstock is seeking volunteer naturalists to serve as educators for the conservancy's school programs.

The volunteers will assist staff members in leading hikes on the conservancy's 232-acre nature reserve in Woodstock, which includes woodlands, meadows and wetlands.

Training will be held from 9:30 a.m. to noon Thursdays, March 4, 11, 18 and 25. Participants will receive a manual and have an opportunity to learn ecological concepts and the history, wildlife and plants of Mount Pleasant.

The cost is $10 for materials.

The Howard County Conservancy, a nonprofit land trust, offers educational programs for children and adults.

Information: Martha Moore, 410-465-8877.

Ceremony is to mark issuance of Robeson stamp

In observance of Black History Month, the Howard County Center of African American Culture Inc. will sponsor a dedication ceremony tomorrow 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. tomorrow, Friday and Saturday.

Admission is free.

Information: 410-715-1921.

Leadership U taking student applications

Leadership U, a student leadership program under the auspices of Leadership Howard County, is accepting applications for its ninth class.

The program prepares high school students to be community leaders.

An information session for high school sophomores interested in learning more about the program will be held at 7 p.m. today and Tuesday at Humanim Inc., 6355 Woodside Court, Columbia.

The program is to begin Aug. 1 with one week of interactive training designed to teach the students leadership and team-building skills. Then students will identify a community need and develop a program to address it.

Tuition is $400. Financial aid is available. Applications are due by March 19.

Information: www.leader

Sister Cities exchange deadline is now Monday

The deadline for applications to the Columbia Association's Sister Cities High School Student Exchange program has been extended to Monday.

Students who participate will spend about two weeks this summer with a family in one of Columbia's sister cities -- Cergy-Pontoise, France, or Tres Cantos, Spain. Then the students will receive a similar visit from their French or Spanish counterparts.

The cost is about $1,155, including airfare, food, lodging and activities.

Information or to discuss any difficulties in submitting an application: Tori Adams, 410-715-3162.

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 Monday 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 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.

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