Dinner set to raise money for peace efforts in Africa


Patapsco Friends Meeting will hold a dinner to raise money for training in conflict resolution and healing trauma in east Africa. The dinner will be held at 7 p.m. Friday at Mount Hebron House, 2331 Calvin Circle, Ellicott City.

The training "essentially opens up to people a whole new way in how they react to the world around them," said Susan Rose, a member of the meeting. "We have the notion in this society that whenever anything goes wrong, the solution to it is to bomb them or to shoot them. That's it - the first thing you think about is how you can hurt them.

"So what we're trying to do is introduce people to the idea that there are other means - nonviolent means - that will solve conflict. And at the end, instead of one person being alive and the other dead, both people will be alive."

The program is used in U.S. prisons in nearly all states, Rose said. It has also been used around the world.

Called the Great Lakes Initiative, the east African project will finance training in Rwanda, Kenya, Uganda and Burundi.

Adrien Niyongabo of Burundi, a peace worker with east African Quakers, and Gini Floyd, an 84-year-old trainer from Friends House in Sandy Spring, will speak at the dinner, which is free. Donations are welcome.

Information and reservations: 410-730-2230.

- Fay Lande

Event scheduled to kick off summer reading program

The Howard County library system will kick off its summer youth reading program - "Readers Rule!" - at 11 a.m. June 5 at the Miller library branch, 9421 Frederick Road, Ellicott City.

The musical group Milkshake and magician Roger Lindsay will entertain. The event will feature snacks, games, a moonbounce and crafts.

The summer reading program awards prizes for reading books, newspapers and magazines.

Information: 410-313-1950.


Arrives for duty:

Air Force Staff Sgt. Joyce Galindo, daughter of Raymond N. Foxwell of Ellicott City, has arrived for duty at Incirlik Air Base in Adana, Turkey. Galindo, who has served seven years in the military, is a combat arms instructor with the 39th Security Forces Squadron.


Erik Niklas Charles:

To Robert Collins and Pia Lind-Collins of Ellicott City on May 6.

Around town

Writers read:

Members of the Writers' Workshop will read selections of their work from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday at the Ellicott City Senior Center, 9401 Frederick Road. The group meets at 1 p.m. Thursdays at the center. All writers are welcome. The center will also offer "Massage 101: A Self-Massage Demonstration" with massage therapist Carol Lancaster at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday. Admission is free. The center also offers a "60+ Wills/Legal Screening Program" - at which a lawyer is available to provide simple wills, powers of attorney, living wills and other services - from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. the fourth Wednesday of each month. Appointments are required. The cost is determined on a sliding scale. 410- 313-1400.

Moms meet:

The South Chapter of the MOMS Club of Ellicott City, a support group for stay-at-home mothers, will meet at 9:30 a.m. June 1 at Glen Mar United Methodist Church, 8430 Glen Mar Road, Ellicott City. 410-461-3364 or www.geocities. com/momclubofec/.

Ticks, cicadas:

The Miller library branch, 9421 Frederick Road, Ellicott City, will sponsor a Master Gardener program on ticks and Lyme disease and on the 17-year cicadas and how they will affect the environment at 7 p.m. June 2. Registration is encouraged. 410-313-1950.

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