Community Notes


Special Olympics Inspiration Walk to be held April 17

Special Olympics Howard County will sponsor its third Inspiration Walk on April 17 at Centennial Park. Participants will walk 2.3 miles around Centennial Lake.

Walkers with $25 or more in pledges will receive a T-shirt and be eligible for a random prize drawing. For each $100 pledged, participants receive an additional ticket for the drawing. Those who raise $500 or more receive a limited-edition jacket.

Water, fruit and snacks will be supplied.

Proceeds from the event will help provide year-round sports training and athletic competition for Howard County children and adults with mental retardation or related developmental disabilities.

Registration begins at 8 a.m. The walk will be started at 9:15 a.m. by Howard County Executive James N. Robey, its honorary chairman. Prize giveaways begin at 8:45 a.m.

Information or to request sponsor forms: 410-740-0500, or visit

Nominees are sought for humanitarian awards

The Association of Community Services is seeking nominations for its Audrey Robbins and other humanitarian awards. The awards honor human services personnel who have made an extraordinary contribution to human services or to children.

Nominations for the Audrey Robbins Humanitarian Award, for Volunteer of the Year or Employee of the Year or for the newly established O'Donnell Family Award for Service to Children, are due Friday.

The awards will be presented at the Association of Community Services Annual Audrey Robbins and Humanitarian Awards luncheon May 12.

Information and nomination forms:

Meeting slated Tuesday on methadone centers

Howard County Councilman David A. Rakes will hold a community meeting about possible legislation governing the location of methadone centers in the county.

The meeting is to be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Banneker Room of the George Howard Building, 3430 Court House Drive, Ellicott City.

Howard Police Chief Wayne Livesay, Health Officer Dr. Penny E. Borenstein and the manager and clients of a local methadone treatment center will speak. The public is invited to participate.

Information: Tiffany Taliaferro, 410-313-2001.

CA seeking members for teen advisory panel

The Columbia Association is seeking teen-age residents to serve a one-year term on its Teen Advisory Committee.

The committee advises the association about needs, interests and concerns of Columbia's teen-agers and works to increase public awareness of this population.

Nominees should be between the ages of 13 and 19 and have demonstrated an interest in enhancing quality of life for teen-agers.

Letters of interest should be sent by April 30 to Leslie Barnett, Columbia Association, 10221 Wincopin Circle, Columbia 21044.

Information: 410-715-3158.

Women's Issues Group to deal with sex trauma

The Sexual Trauma Treatment, Advocacy and Recovery (STTAR) Center Inc. is holding interviews through April 16 for participants in a Women's Issues Group for women with a history of sexual trauma.

The group will meet from noon to 1:20 p.m. Wednesdays for 12 weeks, starting this month.

Insurance is accepted. Applicants may qualify for low-cost or free participation.

Therapists with experience in same-sex trauma issues are available. A 24-hour crisis hot line also is available: 410-997- 3292.

Sister Cities Program wants recipes for cookbook

The Columbia Association's Sister Cities Program is seeking recipes from other countries for a commemorative cookbook celebrating 10 years of Columbia International Day.

"Food for Thought" is the theme for this year's event, which will be held July 24 at the Columbia Lakefront.

Proceeds from the sale of the cookbooks, which are to be available starting July 24, will go to students in the Sister Cities Program. Program alumni are asked to send photos, quotes or news for use in the cookbook or in a display.

Recipes can be sent to Sister Cities Program, 10221 Wincopin Circle, Columbia 21044 or sent by e-mail to sistercities, by April 16.

Information: Tori Adams, 410-715-3162, or Carol Wasser, 410-715-3161.

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