Community Notes


County fair's focus today is aspects of community life

Visitors to the Howard County Fair today will have an opportunity to learn about emergency preparedness, volunteering, voting and other aspects of community life at the Association of Community Services' community fair at the Howard County Fairgrounds in West Friendship.

The community fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the air-conditioned activities building.

Local human services organizations have been invited to provide information about resources and services in Howard County.

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.

Open house to be held at Hopewell pool

The Columbia Association invites the community to attend a free open house and try the improvements at the Hopewell Mini Waterpark in Owen Brown village from noon to 4 p.m. Aug. 14.

A new 75-foot-long waterslide and SplashPad, an 1,600- square-foot interactive aquatic playground, have been installed.

Among the activities planned are a Moon Bounce, firetruck slide, water games, water aerobics for adults, a disc jockey, face painting, relay races, food and a preview of KIDSPACE, the association's new child care program.

Admission is free. Children must be at least 44 inches tall and pass a water safety test to use the slide.

In case of inclement weather: 410-715-3154.

School-supplies campaign is set to end Tuesday

Prepare for Success is collecting backpacks and school supplies for Howard County children in need.

Drop-off boxes are available at Howard County government office buildings, libraries, Columbia village centers, Columbia Association sites and at other locations. Cash donations are also welcome and should be mailed to Prepare for Success, 6800 Oakland Mills Road, Columbia 21045.

The campaign ends Tuesday.

Volunteers are needed from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday to help organize and stuff backpacks for delivery to schools.

Information: Mike Clark, 410-309-9695.

Neighbor Ride receives grant of $22,500

Neighbor Ride, a program that matches volunteer drivers with seniors who need transportation to medical and other appointments, has been selected to receive a $22,500 Maryland Senior Rides Demonstration Program grant for fiscal year 2006.

The grant is provided by the Maryland Department of Transportation and administered by the Maryland Transit Administration.

The grant and other funds will enable Neighbor Ride to expand its volunteer program and transportation services.

Volunteer drivers are urgently needed. The next orientation for volunteers will be held from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Information: 410 884-7433.

Hospice sponsoring a sports-car raffle

Hospice of Howard County is sponsoring a raffle to raise money for end-of-life care for Howard County residents.

The prize is a 2005 red Mustang convertible. Only 1,200 tickets will be sold. Tickets are $100; three for $250.

The winning ticket will be drawn Oct. 23. Information or to buy a ticket: 410-730-5072, Or www.hospiceofhowardcounty .org.

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