Lerner to address Vision lecture series

General Growth Properties and Howard Community College will present a talk by Adam Lerner, executive director of the Laboratory of Art and Ideas at Belmar, in Lakewood, Colo., at 7 p.m. Thursday at the college's Smith Theatre, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia.


A former Fellow at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Lerner is affiliate curator for experimental programs at the Denver Art Museum. He is a co-editor of the book, Reimagining the Nation.

The talk is the last in the lecture series Voices of Vision, an open forum with experts on urban planning and design and their impact on the future of Columbia and Howard County.


Admission is free, but reservations are requested. Reservations: 877-311-2944, or e-mail, Information on the Voices of Vision series: www.columbia

King celebration to be held Jan. 14

The Martin Luther King Jr. Howard County Holiday Commission will present the county's 22nd Commemorative Celebration of the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at 3:30 p.m. Jan. 14 in Smith Theatre at Howard Community College, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia.

Walter B. Hill Jr., senior archivist and subject area specialist for African-American history at the University of Maryland, will discuss the holdings of the National Archives that focus on the life of King.

Gigi Barnett, a reporter for WJZ-TV, will be master of ceremonies.

Cash awards will be given to students who entered the Martin Luther King Essay Contest.

The Spry Sisters and SGI Women African Drummers will perform. Noor Oweis, a 10th- grader, will read an essay about King. The program is to end with the singing of "We Shall Overcome."

Refreshments will be served. The celebration is free and open to the public, but seating is limited. The college is handicap-accessible.


Information: 410-313-6430. Reservations are not required. To request a sign-language interpreter: TTY, 410-313-6401 tomorrow.

King breakfast being held today

The Alpha Foundation of Howard County Inc. is holding its 32nd Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Breakfast today at Martin's West. The breakfast celebrates King's vision and legacy

Darryl R. Matthews Sr. 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.


Kiwanis Club meets twice a month

The Kiwanis Club of Columbia meets at 7 p.m. on the first and third Wednesdays of each month at TGIF restaurant, off Route 108, in Columbia.

The club sponsors and produces the Independence Day fireworks display at the Columbia Lakefront, as well as food drives, youth activities and other community projects.

Information: James Hurley, 410-730-8584.

Ulman to discuss transportation

County Executive Ken Ulman will discuss transportation in Howard County at the next meeting of the Transportation Advocates, to be held from 7:45 a.m. to 9 a.m. Tuesday at the Bain Center, 5470 Ruth Keeton Way, Columbia.


Information: 410-203-1178.

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.

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.

ACS to discuss philanthropy


The Association of Community Services will discuss "A Portrait of Philanthropy: 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.

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.

Jean Moon of Jean Moon & Associates, author of the study, will speak.

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

Information: 410-796-7824.

Christmas trees can be recycled


Options for recycling Christmas trees are offered through the county government's Merry Mulch program.

The recycled trees will be made into compost and mulch, saving space at the county's landfill.

Christmas trees can be recycled between 7:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. seven days a week, through Jan. 19, at drop-off sites around the county.

Sites include:

Kendall Hardware, 12260 Route 108, and River Hill Garden Center, 12165 Route 108, both in Clarksville

Cedar Lane Park, 5081 Cedar Lane, and Grandfather's Garden Center, 5320 Phelps Luck Drive (east of U.S. 29, near Route 108), both in Columbia


Rockburn Park, 5400 Landing Road, Elkridge

Circuit Court small parking lot on upper Court House Drive (just past Ellicott Mills Drive), Ellicott City

Glenwood Park, 14675 Carrs Mill Road, and Glenwood Gardens, 2945 Route 97, both in Glenwood

Schooley Mill Park, 12975 Hall Shop Road, Highland

Alpha Ridge Landfill Residents' Convenience Center, 2350 Marriottsville Road, Marriottsville

Savage Park, 8400 Fair St., Savage.