Lunch planned with legislators

The League of Women Voters of Howard County will hold its annual luncheon with the county delegation to the General Assembly at 11:30 a.m. Jan. 6 in the auditorium at Bethany United Methodist Church, 2875 Bethany Lane, Ellicott City.


There will be an opportunity to ask questions. The event is open to everyone. Admission is $15 for nonmembers. Reservations: 410-730-0142.

The League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan political organization, encourages informed, active participation in government.


Linens are sought for residential homes

The Arc of Howard County is collecting linens to refurbish residential homes for people with cognitive and developmental disabilities.

Bath and kitchen towels, pillows and pillow cases, twin and double sheets, mattress pads and comforters are needed.

Donations can be dropped off at the Arc's office, 11735 Homewood Road, Ellicott City through Saturday.

Information: 410-730-0638.

If you need help, just dial 211

United Way of Maryland has initiated "211 Maryland," a pilot program that allows people who need information about resources to receive referrals for help with food, shelter, financial difficulties or other needs by dialing "211."

The service, which is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, is intended to provide easy access to community services, as well as volunteer opportunities.


ACS to discuss philanthropy

The Association of Community Services will discuss "A Portrait of Philanthrophy: Howard Legacy Study," at its meeting from noon to 1:30 p.m. Jan. 17 at the Meeting House in Oakland Mills Village Center, 5885 Robert Oliver Place, Columbia.

Jean Moon of Jean Moon & Associates, author of the study, will speak. The Columbia Foundation sponsored the study with support from the Horizon Foundation. The study identifies the capacity for bequest-making in the county and is designed to assist Howard County nonprofit groups in encouraging bequests as a financial resource. Board members of local nonprofit organizations are encouraged to attend.

Lunch can be ordered at; order forms must be submitted by Jan. 12. The cost is $7, payable at the door. Forms should be faxed to 410-379-1308.

Information: 410-796-7824, or

Benefit trip set to Arena Stage


The Council of Elders of the Black Community of Howard County will sponsor a trip to see the August Wilson play, Gem of the Ocean, at Washington's Arena Stage. The group will attend a matinee performance at 2 p.m. March 3. A bus will leave from the Columbia area at noon March 3.

Tickets for the fundraiser are $70, including transportation. A nonrefundable deposit of $25 is required; the balance must be paid by Feb. 1. Proceeds will be used for the council's school programs for African-American students, Elders in the Schools.

Information or to reserve tickets: 301-854-3746 or 410-489- 4766.

Library announces holiday schedule

The Howard County Library is closed today and tomorrow (Christmas Day), and New Year's Eve and New Year's Day.

Information about library hours and closings: 410-313- 7890, or


Drug coverage help available at center

The Howard County Office on Aging's Senior Health Insurance Assistance Program will help seniors research, choose and enroll in prescription drug coverage from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Bain Center, 5470 Ruth Keeton Way, Columbia. Counselors are also available weekdays. The annual open enrollment for Medicare Prescription Drug Coverage, Part D, will end Dec. 31.

Information or to schedule an appointment: 410-313-7392.

King breakfast to be held Jan. 7

The Alpha Foundation of Howard County Inc. will hold its 32nd Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Breakfast to celebrate King's vision and legacy. The breakfast is to be held Jan. 7 at Martin's West.

Darryl R. Matthews Sr., the fraternity's general president, will speak.


The theme will be "Reviving the Dream: What Would Martin Want Us to Do?"

Tickets are $37, and $23 for children to age 12. Proceeds will help fund scholarships, leadership development and mentoring programs for African-American students in Howard County.

Information: Harvey Moran, 410-992-7459.

Cold-weather shelter program under way

Grassroots' cold-weather shelter program has begun its fourth season. This year, 15 churches are hosts for the shelter for one or two weeks through March 25.

Last year, participating congregations provided shelter, meals, transportation, clothing, medicine and laundry services for 97 homeless Howard countians and families who were unable to get into the Grassroots shelter.


Grassroots provides the county's only shelter for homeless people and is headquarters for the county's Mobile Crisis Team, which responds to psychiatric emergencies and family crises. Information: 410-531-6677 or 800-422-0009.

Service group seeks award nominees

Soroptimist of Howard County, a chapter of the international volunteer service organization, is seeking nominations for the Violet Richardson Award, which recognizes a girl, ages 14 to 17, who volunteers in her school or community.

Applications, which are due by Jan. 3, are available from school counselors or from Eileen Singleton, 410-461-5486.

The winner will receive $200, and an additional $300 to go to a charity of her choice. The winning application will be entered into the Soroptimist South Atlantic Region competition.

Applications also are being sought for the Woman's Opportunity Award, which helps women who are heads of households and must work to support their families. Applicants must show financial need and be enrolled in a vocational or undergraduate degree program. The winner of the local competition will receive $1,250. Applications are due by Jan. 15.


Information: 410-461-5922, or write to Soroptimist of Howard County, 8321 Main St., P.M.B. 101, Ellicott City 21043.