Giving Circle to hold 4th annual meeting

The Women's Giving Circle will hold its fourth annual meeting and afternoon social from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday at Historic Oakland, 5430 Vantage Point Road, Columbia.

Helen Mitchell, professor of philosophy and director of women's studies at Howard Community College, will speak about "Holding Up Half the Sky: From Basic Freedoms to Philanthropy."

Admission is $30 in advance. Tickets will be sold at the door.

The advisory board of the Women's Giving Circle has adopted adolescent girls as its focus of study and grant-making.

Information: womens

Energy cooperative meeting Tuesday

The Baltimore/Washington Corridor Chamber of Commerce will hold an additional information session on its energy-purchasing cooperatives before going out to bid.

The free session is scheduled from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday at chamber offices, 312 Marshall Ave., Suite 104, Laurel.

The cooperative is open to businesses, homeowners' associations, private schools, churches, synagogue, nonprofits and government entities in the PEPCO, BGE and Southern Maryland electric Cooperative franchise areas.

An industry expert will brief participants on options for purchasing energy in an open market.

Information or registration: Shirley Redd, 301-725-4000, or

Preservation group to meet Wednesday

The Columbia Association's Woodlawn Slave Quarters Preservation Task Force will meet at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the association's headquarters, 10221 Wincopin Circle, above Clyde's restaurant.

The association's board of directors created the task force to recommend a plan for the slave quarters and the site.

The meeting is open to the public.

Information: 410-715-3103.

Police to meet with Harper's Choice

The Harper's Choice Village Board will sponsor a communitywide meeting with representatives from the Howard County Police Department at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow at Kahler Hall, 5440 Old Tucker Road, Columbia.

Residents are encouraged to take the opportunity to speak directly to police officers about their concerns.

Information: 410-730-0770, or www.harperschoice@columbia

County executive candidates forum

The group African-Americans in Howard County, in cooperation with African-American churches and community groups, will hold a forum for county executive candidates at 10 a.m. Saturday in Agape Hall at St. John Baptist Church, 8910 Old Annapolis Road (Route 108), Ellicott City.

Information: 301-596-5240 or 410-992-6977.

County offers help to needy taxpayers

The Howard County Tax Counseling Program is offering free tax preparation services to senior citizens and low- to middle-income taxpayers at the Bain Center and other Howard County locations.

Trained volunteers prepare each tax return in about an hour. Tax returns with complex financial transactions or self-employment expenses in excess of $5,000 are not eligible.

The program is jointly sponsored by the Internal Revenue Service, which provides materials and software, and the AARP.

Appointments are available between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. weekdays. To schedule an appointment: 410-313-7387. Take tax records and the previous year's returns to the appointment.

Etiquette program set for children

Ambassador Protocol of Columbia will present a new two-hour etiquette program for children and teens in grades four through eight and nine through 12, "Old Fashioned Manners in Today's World," at Patapsco Female Institute Historic Park, 3691 Sarahs Lane, Ellicott City.

A two-hour program for children in grades four through eight will be offered from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. today and April 22, 23 and June 10 and 24. A two-hour program for teens in grades nine through 12 is scheduled from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Thursday and March 28.

The cost is $30 a person. The classes are co-sponsored by Friends of the Patapsco Female Institute.

Information: Joan or John Scornaienchi, 410-465-8500.

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