Community Notes


CA budget panel holding discussion of association's debt

The Columbia Association's budget committee invites residents to a public discussion of the association's debt at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow at Columbia Association headquarters, 10221 Wincopin Circle, Columbia.

Discussion will touch on the appropriate level of debt for the association, and how the debt should be managed.

Information: 410-715-3130.

The association will hold a public forum on the governance review committee's report at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Slayton House in the Wilde Lake Village Center.

Residents are encouraged to attend and share their opinions on the Columbia Association's governance structure.

Information: 410-715-3115. To arrange for an interpreter for the hearing-impaired: 410-715- 3110 or TDD, 410-715-3129, two days before the meeting.

Soroptimist seeks names for recognition program

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

The club will award $700 to the winner for higher education expenses and $50 to the charity organization 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 an award of $1,000 to the charity of the winner's choice.

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 the lives of girls and women around the world.

Information: 410-461-5486.

Volunteer tutors needed to help 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 some 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 English grammatically. 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 this month and the first week of next.

Anyone interested should contact Glenyss Ryan, 410-992-1923, ext. 28, by Jan. 14.

Red Cross issues call for blood drive helpers

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

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

Volunteers are requested 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 are from 4 1/2 to 6 hours long.

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

'Columbia Matters' seeking teens to be interviewed

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.

Video footage of selected participants will be aired on the February show, during the "What's On Your Mind, Columbia?" segment.

A camera crew will be at the Columbia Teen Center in the Oakland Mills Village Center for a taping from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Planned activities also include crafts, cooking, a 3-on-3 basketball tournament, pool and pingpong.

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

Columbia Matters will begin airing tomorrow on Howard Community College's Cable Channel 71.

For information or to participate in the taping: 410-992-3726, or e-mail CATVshow@columbia

Deployed CA members' dependents can join free

Effective immediately, the Columbia Association will offer a free one-year package plan membership to dependents of residents deployed in support of operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom.

The service member must be deployed outside Maryland. Dependents must provide verification that they live on Columbia Association-assessed property and will continue to do so during their family member's deployment.

Eligible residents must submit appropriate proofs.

Information: 410-730-1801.

Penguin Pace 5K, to be run Jan. 30, needs volunteers

The Howard County Office on Aging is seeking runners interested in volunteering at the Penguin Pace 5K, to be held at 7:45 a.m. Jan. 30 at Florence Bain Senior Center in Columbia.

Help is needed with water stops, traffic, the finish line and other tasks.

The annual event raises money for the Florence Bain Senior Center Council and supports programming for seniors.

Information: Regina Jenkins, 410-313-1417.

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