King celebration is today at HCC

The Martin Luther King Jr. Howard County Holiday Commission will present the county's 22nd Commemorative Celebration of the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. at 3:30 p.m. today in Smith Theatre at Howard Community College, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway in 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 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 will end with the singing of "We Shall Overcome."

Refreshments will be served. The celebration is free and open to the public. The college is accessible to the handicapped. Reservations are not required.

Renovations to close center temporarily

The Howard County Center of African American Culture Inc., 5434 Vantage Point Road in Columbia, will temporarily close for renovation and repairs.

The center's collection is being packed and will be put into storage. The staff and volunteers will be at the center's research library at Howard Community College, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway in Columbia.

The staff will be preparing a pictorial exhibition, Native Howard County, Md., Families: 1875-1950, and a 20th-anniver- sary celebration.

New and renewed memberships and donations are being sought.


Renovations and repairs to the building will be managed by the Columbia Association. A new sprinkler system, railings, painting, carpeting and other changes are planned.

The center plans to reopen at the end of May.

Information: Wylene S. Burch, 410-715-1921 or 410-772-4002.

4 malls to extend weekend hours

General Growth Properties Inc. has announced that four of its malls - The Mall in Columbia, Owings Mills Mall, Towson Town Center and White Marsh Mall - will be open longer on weekends.

New mall hours are from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday; 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday; and 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday.


The change is the result of research and the company's desire to remain competitive in a changing marketplace. According to a recent survey conducted by GGP, 65 percent of consumers wanted extended mall hours throughout the year.

Kiwanis Club meets twice a month

The Kiwanis Club of Columbia meets at 7 p.m. on the first and third Wednesday 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.

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.

Group 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. Wednesday at the Meeting House in Oakland Mills Village Center, 5885 Robert Oliver Place in 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. Board members of local nonprofit organizations are encouraged to attend.


Jean Moon of Jean Moon & Associates, author of the study, will speak. The Columbia Foundation sponsored the study with support from the Horizon Foundation.

Information: 410-796-7824, or

Jan. 27 is deadline for dance contest

The enrollment deadline for "The Battle of the Dance," sponsored by the Columbia Association's Teen Advisory Committee, is Jan. 27.

The competition for individual and team dancers will be held from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 10 at The Other Barn, 5851 Robert Oliver Place, Columbia. Each teen dancer or team will be asked to bring music on a compact disc (no explicit lyrics are allowed) and will have five minutes to perform. Judging will be done by three local dance professionals.

Admission is free.


Information or registration: 410-715-5523.