Holiday panel to hold tribute to King Jan. 16
The Martin Luther King Jr. Howard County Holiday Commission will hold its 20th tribute to the civil rights leader at 3:30 p.m. Jan. 16 in the Smith Theatre at Howard Community College, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia.
County Executive James N. Robey will extend a welcome, and state Sen. Allan H. Kittleman will be the keynote speaker. This year's theme is "A Day to Dream: A Lifetime to Act."
Pia Jordan, anchor for the Howard County government information channel, Gtv, will be master of ceremonies for the event, which includes musical entertainment by the Chinese Language School of Columbia, Ellington-Adderly Jazz Ensemble, the Fatima dancers, and the LaRocca Band.
Living the Dream Awards for achievement in leadership, community service and academics will be presented to middle and high school students. Awards will also be presented to Robert Washington and the Columbia Kappa Phi Lambda Chapter of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity for exemplifying the ideals of Dr. King.
A reception with refreshments is planned. Admission is free. Everyone is welcome. To request a sign-language interpreter, call 410-313-6402 tomorrow; TTY, 410-313-6401.
Cat club to hold adoption show today
The Howard County Cat Club will hold an adoption show from noon to 3 p.m. today at Columbia PETCO, 6181 Old Dobbin Lane.
Cats of all kinds will be available for adoption.
The cats are neutered or spayed, have current vaccinations and have been tested for feline leukemia and FIV.
Adoptive families will be asked to complete applications and sign adoption contracts. The cost is $95 for one cat and $145 for two.
The club provides free behavior consultations by phone and e-mail, helps people place in good homes cats that are no longer wanted and fosters cats in need of temporary emergency homes. Volunteers and foster homes are always needed.
Information: 410-730-3679 or visit www.howardcounty cats.petfinder.com.
Home-school group plans panel discussion
The Columbia Homeschool Community will present a panel discussion on homeschooling from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. tomorrow at Abiding Savior Lutheran Church, 10689 Owen Brown Road, Columbia.
Admission is free. Everyone is welcome.
Information: 410-740-6688 or visit ColumbiaHomeschool.org.
Blood-drive volunteers are sought by Red Cross
The Greater Chesapeake and Potomac Blood Services Region of the Red Cross is seeking volunteers to assist at Maryland blood drives.
The volunteers, 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 are from 4 1/2 to six hours long.
To register for training: 800-272-0094, ext. 1, or email@example.com
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.
@SUBHEDAnnual hospice fund-raiser raises unexpected $272,000
Hospice of Howard County held its 19th Annual Taste and Auction Oct. 24 and raised an unexpected total of $272,000 from 79 sponsors and 650 people who attended the event.
The fund-raiser featured the raffle of an Apple Ford 2004 Thunderbird convertible, as well as a live auction of a vacation for six that included round-trips on a private jet to a luxury yacht to cruise the Caribbean for four days.
Proceeds will help pay for care for Howard County residents facing life-limiting illnesses and the hospice's bereavement services. Care is provided by staff social workers, nurses, bereavement counselors, home health aides, chaplains and volunteers.