Homes for Life Coalition meeting

The Homes for Life Coalition of Howard County will hold its annual meeting from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday at the Bain Center, 5470 Ruth Keeton Way. Refreshments will be served.

The nonprofit organization, founded in 1999, works to make homes more easily lived in and visited by people with disabilities and the elderly.

Homes for Life, which educates consumers and those in the building industry, promotes the incorporation of barrier-free "universal design" (UD) features such as no-step entrances and wider doorways.

The group recently completed an assessment of UD features in Howard County communities for older adults; the results will be presented at the meeting.

Information: Diane Caplan, 410-917-5767, or www.homesfor

Howard to allow mixed recyclables

Howard County residents soon will be able to recycle metal cans, plastic and glass bottles and jars along with mixed papers, without needing to bag or bind paper separately. Starting July 1, recyclable containers and mixed paper can be placed in a single bin or see-through bag; yard waste will still be required to be put out separately.

Waste Management Recycle America, a subsidiary of Waste Management, is under contract to Howard County to process and market recyclables. The company has completed a processing facility near Elkridge that includes equipment to sort mixed paper from other recyclable materials.

Information: 410-313-6444, or www.howardcounty

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.

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 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.

Candidate 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. Wednesday and July 12 at Oakland Mills Interfaith Center, 5885 Robert Oliver Place, Columbia.

Candidates for the Howard County state delegation will speak Wednesday. 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 tomorrow, 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: 410-313-2707.

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