Community Notes


Cuts Against Cancer benefit set today in Columbia

The seventh Cuts Against Cancer will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today at Mason & Friends Hair Studio in Columbia.

Proceeds from the event, which offers discounted haircuts and other services contributed by Howard County beauty salons and their staffs, will benefit the Claudia Mayer Cancer Resource and Image Center.

A service of Howard County General Hospital, the center helps cancer patients and their families find resources to make living with cancer easier.

Participating salons include envy, George of New York, Looks Salon & Spa, Lutfi's International Salon & Spa, Lynn's Day Spa, Patrick's Hair Design Day Spa, Rafet's Hairmasters, Tagi's Hair Design, Solon Francisco and Victoria & Albert Hair Studio.

Haircuts are $20; $25 blown dry. Manicures are $12, and seated massage by Corporate Pit Stop is $15 for 15 minutes. Only walk-in appointments are available the day of the event.

Raffle tickets to win a "Day of Beauty" and other prizes will be offered at participating salons. A silent auction of vacation packages, tickets to sports events and other items is also planned.

Mason & Friends is at 6770 Oak Hall Lane, Columbia.

Information: 410-381-2440, or

Ulman fund to receive $40,000 for CancerCore

The Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults will receive $40,000 over two years from the Lance Armstrong Foundation to help fund CancerCore, A Young Adult Patient Navigator Program.

The Ulman fund will develop and implement a navigator program for young adults and their families at the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins Hospital. The program, designed to empower those affected by a cancer diagnosis, will offer resources for information, guidance and emotional support.

The grant will be used to develop materials, hire a social worker to work with a volunteer coordinator from Volunteer Maryland (funded by AmeriCorps), and for training.

The Ulman fund is seeking a part-time professional with social work and/or public health experience for the program.

Information: 410-964-0202.

CA governance panel to meet Wednesday

A revised schedule has been issued by the Columbia Association's Governance Committee for its public discussions on proposals that have been submitted to the board to recommend changes in the town's governance structure.

Meetings will be held at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in the boardroom at Columbia Association headquarters; Sept. 8 in the MIS conference room; and Sept. 15 and Sept. 22 in the small conference room.

Proposals to be discussed are available at www.columbia; click on "Columbia Council," then click on "Governance Proposals."

Residents are welcome to attend the meetings and are invited to call or e-mail their representatives with comments or concerns; discussion at the meetings will be limited to committee members.

Information: 410-715-3115.

Animal Advocates to meet Thursday in Ellicott City

Animal Advocates of Howard County will meet from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday at the Miller library, 9421 Frederick Road, Ellicott City.

The public is invited to learn about the organization's activities on behalf of animals.

Information: 410-880-2488.

Car raffle to help Arc's residential services effort

The Arc of Howard County will raffle a luxury car to raise money for its residential services program.

The organization provides housing, employment services and support programs for people with developmental disabilities and their families.

One thousand raffle tickets will be sold at $100 each for a chance to win a Porsche Boxster or six-cylinder Porsche Cayenne SUV. A cash option of $30,000 is also available to the winner. The value of the vehicles is approximately $46,000 each.

The drawing will be held Oct. 8 at a President's Breakfast for donors and friends of the Arc.

Information or to purchase a ticket: 410-730-0638.

Red Cross is calling for donations of blood

The Greater Chesapeake and Potomac Blood Services Region of the Red Cross has reported a shortage of blood products for patients in area hospitals.

Anyone who wants to donate blood should call 800-GIVE- LIFE. Apheresis (platelet) donors can call 800-272-2123 for information and appointments.

Businesses and community groups willing to hold blood drives should call 800-787-9282, ext. 4925.

The Red Cross is seeking young people, ages 14 and older, to work at blood drives. The volunteers will welcome donors in the reception area and help care for them after they donate blood. Training will be provided. Service learning credits are available.

To register for training: 800-272-0094, ext. 1.

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