Community Notes


Adults, students needed to tutor immigrant youths

In partnership with Howard County public schools, the 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 during the last week of January and the first week of February.

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

Philanthropy in county focus of Jan. 19 program

The Association of Community Services will present "Portrait of Philanthropy: The Capacity for Individual Giving in Howard County," at its lunch meeting from noon to 1:30 p.m. Jan. 19 at Patuxent Centre, 10910 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia.

The program will include a discussion of the results of a new Columbia Foundation study of giving trends in the state and county and suggestions for creating the next generation of donors.

Those who attend can take a lunch or order one from the association by Monday. Lunch orders can be faxed to 410-379-1308 or e-mailed to The cost for lunch is $7, payable at the door.

The Association of Community Services is a network of 140 nonprofit, for-profit and government agencies and citizen advocates working to advance human services in the county.

Information: 410-796-7824, or

Library receives $54,400 gift from Bruno family

The Howard County Library has received a $54,400 gift from Yolanda and Frank Bruno. The gift, the largest cash gift the library has ever received, will be used for programs and services for children in Howard County.

The Brunos donated $1,000 to the library earlier this year in honor of their granddaughter, Yolanda Bruno, who joined the board of Friends of Howard County Library in 1999 and served as president from July 2001 though June 2004.

20th tribute to King set for Sunday at HCC

The Martin Luther King Jr. Howard County Holiday Commission will hold its 20th tribute to the civil rights leader at 3:30 p.m. Sunday in 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 is to include musical entertainment by the Chinese Language School of Columbia, Ellington-Adderly Jazz Ensemble, Fatima dancers and 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 King's ideals.

A reception with refreshments is planned. Admission is free. Everyone is welcome.

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 kar

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 programs for seniors.

Information: Regina Jenkins, 410-313-1417.

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