Community Notes


Cooperative Ministry selling Christmas trees at interfaith center

The Columbia Cooperative Ministry is offering Christmas trees for sale from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. weekdays through Dec. 23 and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays at Wilde Lake Interfaith Center, 10431 Twin Rivers Road, Columbia.

Twenty-five percent of proceeds will go to Heifer Project International, which provides livestock and training to help families around the world become self-sufficient.

Douglas fir, Scotch and white pine and blue spruce trees are available. The trees range from 6 to 10 feet tall.

Information: George Martin, 410-730-7862.

Robey sets public meeting on 2006 budget priorities

County Executive James N. Robey asks residents to state their priorities at his first citizens' budget meeting for the fiscal 2006 budget cycle at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 16 in the Banneker Room of the George Howard Building, 3430 Court House Drive, Ellicott City.

Those who want to testify must sign up individually and in person. Sign-up is to begin at 6:30 p.m. Testimony will be heard in the order in which speakers sign up.

To submit testimony online, visit Testimony submitted on the Internet is considered public information.

To request a sign language interpreter: 410-313-6400 or 410-313-6401 (TTY) at least three working days before the meeting.

Volunteer center publishes guide for holiday giving

The Volunteer Center Serving Howard County has published its 2004 Holiday Gift Guide for Giving, which lists financial needs and volunteer opportunities that range from one-time events to continuing programs at more than 50 county nonprofit organizations.

The guide is available at libraries, or by calling 410-715-3172; or www.volunteer

Local Red Cross needs donors of all blood types

The Greater Chesapeake and Potomac Blood Services Region of the Red Cross urgently needs donors of all blood types.

Donors must be in generally good health; be at least 17 years old, or 16, with written parental consent; weigh at least 110 pounds; have not received a tattoo within the past year, and have not donated blood within the past 56 days.

To schedule an appointment: 800-GIVE-LIFE. To donate platelets: 800-272-2123, or

Library winners to attend 'Snicket' movie screening

The Howard County Library is holding a drawing for a chance to attend an advance screening of Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events, starring Jim Carrey.

Five winners from each branch will attend the screening at Loew's White Marsh at 10:30 a.m. Saturday. Each winner may bring one guest.

Library customers can enter the drawing at any library branch. Winners will be notified tomorrow, and their names will be added to a guest list at the theater.

Information: 410-313-1955.

Auxiliary's book sale continues today at hospital

Howard County General Hospital's Volunteer Auxiliary is continuing its book sale from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. today in the hospital's main lobby, 5755 Cedar Lane, Columbia.

The sale includes a large variety of new books and gifts, and proceeds will benefit the hospital expansion program.

Information: 410-997-4969 or 410-312-9140.

Donations are sought for Holiday Mitten Trees

The Howard County Library invites the community to help decorate the library's Holiday Mitten Trees. Each library branch will have a tree or other display for mittens, hats and scarves, preferably in preschool sizes.

Donations will be taken to local charities after the holidays.

Information: 410-313-7750.

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