Community Notes


Maryland Arts Day slated Wednesday in Annapolis

Arts leaders and supporters from around the state will meet in Annapolis on Wednesday for Maryland Arts Day, sponsored by Ellicott City-based Maryland Citizens for the Arts. Registration in Annapolis is from 8:30 a.m. to 9:15 a.m.

The initiative supports state funding for the arts and the Maryland State Arts Council.

Those who attend will meet with legislators and hear panel discussions about legislative and economic challenges facing the arts. Activities will be held in the President's Conference Center, West, Miller Senate Building.

A Howard County Arts Council delegation is scheduled to attend.

Information: 410-313-2787. Registration: 410-203-1301.

Cummings' town hall meeting rescheduled for Saturday

The town hall meeting with Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, scheduled for Jan. 22 at the Glenwood library, was canceled because of inclement weather. The meeting has been rescheduled from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

Cummings, a Democrat who represents Maryland's 7th District in the House of Representatives, will answer residents' questions and hear their concerns.

As part of the meeting, Cummings will present the Silver and Bronze Congressional Award medals to Allyson Happel, 15, a student at Glenelg High School. She is being recognized for community, personal development, physical fitness and an expeditionary trip.

The library is at 2350 Route 97, Cooksville.

Information: 410-685-9199.

County bus system changes are to start tomorrow

Starting tomorrow, the county's public bus system, Howard Transit, will make changes in its service, County Executive James N. Robey has announced.

The changes involve a shift in service hours, but the total number of hours will not be reduced.

The most significant change is that the former silver route will become part of the yellow route, resulting in seven, rather than eight, routes. Other adjustments include minor changes in routes and scheduling.

Howard Transit is operated by Corridor Transportation Corp. and is subject to a process of public hearings and review by the Howard County Public Transportation Board.

To see the new Howard Transit schedules: 800-270-9553, or or

Benefit gospel concert scheduled for Feb. 12

A gospel concert to raise funds for Howard County seniors and scholarships for minority students will be held at 6 p.m. Feb. 12 at Jim Rouse Theatre for the Performing Arts at Wilde Lake High School, 5460 Trumpeter Road, Columbia.

Performers scheduled for the evening include the Gospel Revelations, saxophonist Charles Johnson, Celebrations Gospel Choir, University of Maryland Baltimore County Gospel Choir, Handel and Vicky Smith Gospel duet and Morgan State University Dance Ensemble.

The event's sponsors are the Howard County Office on Aging and Omega Psi Phi Fraternity. Proceeds from the concert will go to the Office on Aging's Vivian L. Reid Community Fund for seniors in need and the fraternity's scholarship program.

Tickets to the concert are $20 for adults and $8 for children to age 13.

To order tickets, send a check, payable to the Tau Pi Foundation Fund Inc., to Vivian L. Reid Fund, 6800 Oakland Mills Road, Columbia 21045, Attn.: Mike Clark.

Class to assist parents of sex-abuse victims

The Sexual Trauma Treatment, Advocacy and Recovery Center Inc. will offer a class for parents of middle and high school students, "Helping Your Teen Recover from Sexual Abuse or Assault," from 5 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. Feb. 7.

Parents will hear about common symptoms, risk-taking behavior, the role of psychotherapy and recovery. There will be an opportunity to ask questions and hear advice on helping adolescents recover.

Registration is required.

Information: 410-290-6432.

Free tax help available to low-income residents

AARP Tax-Aide, a free tax counseling and preparation service, is available to Howard County taxpayers with moderate to low income, especially to those ages 60 and older, through April 15.

For a location or to schedule an appointment: 410-313-7387. Ellicott City residents can call 410-313-1400.

Spanish speakers will be available.

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