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Parks department offers public survey

Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks has developed a survey to help evaluate public response to the county's park system.

The survey -- the first to be offered to Howard County park users -- asks participants to rate staff, park sites and amenities such as playing fields, basketball and tennis courts, pavilions, picnic areas, pathways, playgrounds and restrooms.

The survey will be available at park sites during the next three months. It also is to be available at Howard County library branches and online at

Information or to request a survey: 410-313-4640.

Connect-A-Ride rates to increase

After a 30-day public comment period that ended June 15, Corridor Transportation Corp. has announced that fares will increase and changes to Connect-A-Ride routes G and H will go into effect July 3.

Fares will increase from $1.50 to $1.75. Fares for people with disabilities and seniors will remain at 75 cents; these riders will pay a new 25-cent transfer fee. A new 50-cent transfer fee will be charged to the general public. Transfers will continue to be valid for two hours.

The fare increases are needed because funding from state and federal sources has been frozen, according to the Corridor Transportation Corp.'s Web site,

Information about the new G and H routes: 800-270- 9553 or visit the Web site.

Scheduled meetings

Here are some coming civic meetings:

Howard County's Alcohol and Drug Abuse Advisory Board will meet at 5 p.m. today at the Health Department, 7178 Columbia Gateway Drive, Conference Room A, Columbia.

The public is invited to attend an information meeting on Capital Project J-4163, to address problems related to the sharp curves in Burntwoods Road, between Hobbs Road and Shady Lane. The meeting will be held at 5:30 p.m. today at Shepherd of the Glen Lutheran Church, 14551 Burntwoods Road, Glenwood.

The Zoning Board will hear Case ZB 1058M (Morsberger LLC) at 7 p.m. today in the Banneker Room of the George Howard Building, 3430 Court House Drive, Ellicott City.

The Chief of Police Citizens Advisory Council will meet at 7:30 p.m. today in the Community room, Northern District Police Headquarters, 3410 Court House Drive, Ellicott City.

Recreation and Parks Advisory Board will meet at 7:30 p.m. today in Conference Room 1, 7120 Oakland Mills Road, Columbia.

The Planning Board will hold a premeeting at 6:30 p.m. tomorrow in the Planning and Zoning Conference Room on the first floor of the George Howard Building. A meeting will be held at 7 p.m. in the Ellicott Room.

Information: 410-313-2022.

NAACP sponsors young-voter drive

The Howard County NAACP Youth Council is sponsoring an "Adopt-a-Block Program," focused on a get-out-the-vote campaign for young voters, this year.

A "jump off" block party, the program's first event, will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Guilford Gardens, 7333 Oakland Mills Road, Columbia. Food, entertainment, games, music, prizes and an open microphone are planned. Admission is free.

A candidates forum is planned for July 22 and a health fair is scheduled for Aug. 26. Programs are also planned on education and economic empowerment.

Information: Bessie Bordenave, 301-490-7059.

Preservation group is meeting today

The Columbia Association's Woodlawn Slave Quarters Preservation Task Force will meet at 6 p.m. today at the association's headquarters, 10221 Wincopin Circle, Columbia Town Center.

The task force is to recommend a plan for the slave quarters and the site. The meeting is open to the public.

Information: 410-715-3103.

Library board to meet today

The Howard County Public Library's board of trustees will meet at 7 p.m. today in the meeting room of the Elkridge library, 6540 Washington Blvd., Elkridge.

Information: 410-313-7750.

Candidates forums set in Columbia

The Association of Community Services will hold the second and third in its series of candidate forums from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. June 28 and July 12 at Oakland Mills Interfaith Center, 5885 Robert Oliver Place, Columbia.

Candidates for the Howard County state delegation will speak June 28. Candidates for school board will speak July 12.

Information: www.acsho (click "Public Policy").

Vendors sought for 50+ Expo

Vendors are being sought for the 50+ Expo, to be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 20 at Wilde Lake High School in Columbia.

Fees vary and are based on exhibitor category and location at the expo, which is designed for people ages 50 and older and their families, caregivers and friends. The expo will feature a health fair, health screenings, an alternative care fair, an "Ask the Experts" series, workshops, demonstrations, an auction, entertainment and food.

Information or to reserve a space: 410-531-5472. To download a vendor packet: www.

Conservation board seeks nominations

Nominations are being sought for an appointment to the Howard Soil Conservation District board of supervisors. The appointment will be for a term that expires July 10, 2011.

Any interested individual or organization can submit a recommendation. Supervisors must be residents of the district; district boundaries are the same as county boundaries.

Nominations, which must be received by Monday, should be sent to: State Soil Conservation Committee, Department of Agriculture, 50 Harry S. Truman Parkway, Room 306, Annapolis 21401.

Nomination forms are available through the Maryland Cooperative Extension -- Howard County, 3525-L Ellicott Mills Drive, Ellicott City 21043-4561. Forms are also available at the Soil Conservation District Office, 708 Lisbon Center Drive, Suite E, Woodbine.

Information: Caragh Fitzgerald, 410-313-2707.

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