In Baltimore City
50-bed shelter for homeless men to open today
A 50-bed facility for homeless men in Baltimore is scheduled to be opened at a ceremony this afternoon in East Baltimore.
Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr., state Comptroller William Donald Schaefer and state Housing and Community Development Secretary Victor L. Hoskins are to join the ribbon-cutting at the House of Freedom, 1017 E. Baltimore St., which is sponsored by Helping Up Mission Inc.
The state provided about $1.3 million for the shelter through its Shelter and Transitional Housing Grant Program and a Maryland Affordable Housing Trust Grant.
Group taking applications for college scholarships
The CollegeBound Foundation is accepting applications for its awards of up to $3,000.
Students must be 2005 graduates of the city public schools and demonstrate economic need to qualify for the grants. The foundation also has more than 60 scholarships available based on academic merit or service learning, which range from one-time $250 awards to a four-year, $15,000 grant.
Applications are due by March 19. More information is available at www.collegeboundfoundation.org.
St. Dominic students collecting food, clothing
Students at the St. Dominic School in Hamilton are collecting food and clothing for the poor during the holiday season.
The school, aided by members of the parish, have collected 2,000 items but want to do more for needy families. Cash donations also are welcome.
Information: Dee in the parish office, 410-426-0360.
In Baltimore County
2 banks are robbed in less than an hour
Area police were investigating holdups at two Baltimore County banks within one hour yesterday. It was not known whether the robberies were committed by the same man, police said.
About 10:48 a.m., a man entered M&T; Bank in the 700 block of Frederick Road in Catonsville and gave a teller a note saying, "This is a robbery. No dye packs." The man, who held an old-fashioned pocket watch in his hand as though timing the event, fled with an undisclosed sum, police said.
Nearly an hour later, a man gave a teller at Wachovia Bank in the 1700 block of Rolling Road in Woodlawn a note saying he had a gun, then fled with an undisclosed amount.
Anyone with information is asked to call the FBI at 410-265-8080 or county police at 410-307-2020.
Hawthorne school to hold Christmas tree lighting
MIDDLE RIVER - A community Christmas tree lighting will be held at 7 p.m. today at Hawthorne Elementary School, 125 Kingston Road.
Jim Stavropoulos Jr., vice president of the Hawthorne Civic Association, said numerous public officials have been invited to attend, as has Santa Claus.
Holiday concert Saturday at Notre Dame Preparatory
TOWSON - The 15th Annual Beans and Bread Christmas Concert featuring the Annapolis Chorale and Chamber Orchestra will be held at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow at Notre Dame Preparatory School, 815 Hampton Lane.
Music director J. Ernest Green will lead performers, including the Notre Dame Prep Chorus, in holiday carols and other songs.
A wine and cheese reception with entertainment by St. Veronica's Steel Drum Orchestra will follow. Tickets are $18 in advance or $22 at the door. Proceeds will benefit the Beans and Bread Outreach Center, a program of St. Vincent de Paul of Baltimore. Information: 410-547-5353.
Book sale tomorrow at Perry Hall Library
PERRY HALL - The Perry Hall Library will hold a book sale from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. tomorrow at the library, 9440 Belair Road. The sale will feature items for children and adults.