Community Notes


Conservancy planning an orientation for volunteers Feb. 16

The Howard County Conservancy at Mount Pleasant will hold an orientation for prospective volunteers ages 18 and older from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Feb. 16 at the farm, 10520 Old Frederick Road, Woodstock.

Volunteer opportunities available at the conservancy will be explained, and those who attend will hear a brief history of the farm and walk around its historic buildings.

Registration is required. Come prepared to be outside.

The Howard County Conservancy, a private nonprofit organization, is the county's largest land trust. In addition to preserving land through conservation easements, the conservancy manages the 232-acre Woodstock farm, which is also its headquarters.

The conservancy provides environmental education programs for schoolchildren. The Gudelsky Education Center will open in the spring.

Information or in case of inclement weather: Martha Moore, 410-465-8877.

2 animal-protection groups are holding a fund-raiser

FIT (Felines in Trouble) Rescue, a nonprofit organization, and the Animal Welfare Society of Howard County Inc. will hold their fifth Have-A-Heart Fundraiser from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday at Natural Nails and Cosmetics on the lower level of The Mall in Columbia.

The event, "Pamper Your Paws," offers manicures for $15. All of the proceeds will go to help shelter animals.

Information: 410-465-4350.

Red Cross blood drive set tomorrow in Columbia

The Town Center Community Association is sponsoring a communitywide blood drive, conducted by the Red Cross from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. tomorrow at Historic Oakland, 5430 Vantage Point Road, Columbia.

To schedule a donation: 800-GIVE-LIFE.

Free mammograms offered to those who are eligible

The Howard County Health Department is offering free mammograms to women ages 40 and older who meet certain requirements.

A new colorectal cancer screening program is also available to eligible Howard County residents.

Information: 410-313-2333.

Muslim Council planning civil liberties forum

The Howard County Muslim Council is to hold a civil liberties forum, "Dreams of American Children: Living the Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.," at 6 p.m. Friday at Owen Brown Interfaith Center, 7246 Cradlerock Way, Columbia.

Scheduled to speak are Lt. Gov. Michael S. Steele, state Sen. Allan H. Kittleman, Rep. Elijah E. Cummings and Wajid Ali Kahn, a member of the Canadian Parliament.

Admission is free.

Information: 410-750-2739.

Information session set for prospective volunteers

The Volunteer Center Serving Howard County, in cooperation with CERN (Community Emergency Response Team), is recruiting and referring community members to local nonprofit and government agencies seeking volunteers for disaster preparedness and recovery.

An information session on volunteer opportunities will be held from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. tomorrow at the Volunteer Center Serving Howard County, 10221 Wincopin Circle, Columbia.

Space is limited; registration is requested.

Information: 410-715-3179.

Benefit gospel concert scheduled for Saturday

A gospel concert to raise funds for Howard County seniors and scholarships for minority students will be held at 6 p.m. Saturday 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: $20, adults; $8, children to age 13.

Information: 410-309-9695.

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