Community Notes


Soroptimists seek applicants for award honoring volunteers

Soroptimist International of Howard County is seeking applicants for its Violet Richardson Award, a recognition program for girls ages 14 to 17 who volunteer in their communities or schools.

The club will award $700 to the winner for higher education expenses and $50 to the charity of her choice. The winning application will be forwarded to the Soroptimist South Atlantic Region to compete for an additional $1,000 award, which carries with it a donation of $1,000 to a charity.

Applications, due by Tuesday, are available from high school guidance counselors

Soroptimist, an international volunteer service organization for business and professional women, works to improve lives of girls and women around the world.

Information: 410-461-5486.

CA seeking comments on governance panel report

The Columbia Association invites residents to submit written comments on the CA Governance Review Committee Report by 4 p.m. Jan. 6. A public forum on the committee's report will be held at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 6 at Slayton House in Wilde Lake Village Center.

Residents can take or mail their comments to Columbia Association headquarters, 10221 Wincopin Circle, Columbia 21044, Attention: Maggie J. Brown.

Information: 410-715-3000.

Network seeks volunteers to aid immigrant students

In partnership with the Howard County public schools, FIRN (Foreign-born Information and Referral Network) is seeking adults and college and high school students to assist immigrant students with English tutoring and homework.

The volunteers, who will become assistant tutors, should have experience working with youths. Adult volunteers with teaching or tutoring experience can become lead tutors to small groups of co-tutors.

Tutors must be able to speak grammatically correct English. Foreign language ability is helpful but not necessary. Two-hour training sessions for those with little tutoring experience will be held in two sessions, during the last week of next month and the first week of February.

Glenyss Ryan: 410-992-1923, ext. 28, by Jan. 14.

Volunteers needed to help at Maryland blood drives

The Greater Chesapeake and Potomac Blood Services Region of the Red Cross is seeking volunteers to assist at Maryland blood drives.

The volunteer "ambassadors," who must be at least 14, will greet donors, provide them with reading material, serve refreshments and observe donors for post-donation reactions. Training is provided.

Volunteers are asked to commit to attending two or more blood drives a month at Red Cross offices in Baltimore City, or Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Harford and Howard counties. The drives last 4 1/2 to six hours.

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

Health department to hold smoking-cessation program

The Howard County Health Department's Tobacco Control Program will sponsor an eight-week effort to help participants stop smoking. Sessions are to be held from noon to 1 p.m. or 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Wednesdays, starting Jan. 5.

The Tobacco Cessation Program, which includes medication to help participants succeed, will be held at the Howard County Health Department, 7178 Columbia Gateway Drive, Columbia.

Admission is free. The registration deadline is today:


Cable TV program seeks teens for interviews

The Columbia Association's new cable television program about issues facing local residents, Columbia Matters, is seeking Columbia teens to be interviewed about programs they would like to see offered to their age group.

Participants must have a release form signed by a parent or guardian.

Information or to participate in the taping: 410-992-3726.

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