Job fair scheduled Feb. 7 at Fort Meade

The Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation and Fort Meade Morale, Welfare and Recreation will sponsor a Technical Job Fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 7 at Club Meade, 6600 Mapes Road, Fort Meade.


More than 60 employers will recruit for more than 4,000 technical, communications and other positions. Among those being sought are individuals with top-secret clearances, linguists, information technology specialists, software developers, project managers, system analysts, intelligence specialists, satellite systems engineers, telephone engineers and finance contract and subcontract specialists. The fair is open to all job seekers.

Job seekers should bring several copies of their resumes and be prepared to apply for jobs and meet prospective employers. Admission is free.


Applicants without a Department of Defense identification card and a DOD sticker on their vehicle should enter Fort Meade from Route 175 at the Reece Road gate. They must have a driver's license or photo identification, a current vehicle registration and proof of insurance.

All vehicles entering Fort Meade are subject to inspection.

Information: Jerome Duncan, 410-674-5240.

Emergency meal kits being distributed

Howard County Executive Ken Ulman will distribute emergency meal kits for senior citizens at 9:15 a.m. today at the Bain Center, 5470 Ruth Keeton Way, Columbia. Fire Chief Joe Herr will also be on hand.

The kits include a supply of foods for breakfast, lunch and dinner that can be stored for an extended period of time and used when bad weather, loss of power, illness or other emergencies prevent the recipients from obtaining fresh food.

The distribution event is designed to inform senior citizens about supplies they should have on hand in the event of a natural or man-made disaster.

Information: 410-313-2022.


Hearing set tomorrow on school budget

The Howard County Board of Education will hold a public hearing on the superintendent's proposed fiscal 2008 operating budget at 7 p.m. tomorrow in the boardroom of the Department of Education, 10910 Route 108, Ellicott City.

Those who want to testify are asked to limit their presentation to three minutes and provide 15 written copies of the testimony at the time of the hearing. To sign up: 410-313-7194.

To request a sign-language interpreter: Colleen Rice, 410-313- 7046.

Howard 'Roots' celebration Feb. 11

The villages of Columbia, African Art Museum of Maryland, Howard County Center of African American Culture and Columbia Association will sponsor an afternoon program, "Roots of Howard County in Celebration of African-American History," from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 11 at Historic Oakland, 5430 Vantage Point Road, Columbia.


Admission is free.

The event, which will commemorate Black History Month, will include a visit to the African Art Museum of Maryland, displays organized by the Howard County Center of African American Culture, children's entries in the Columbia Association's "Images of Freedom" poster contest, a musical performance by Rae Bernard of Harmony of Sol and a panel of speakers that is to include Maggie J. Brown, Herman Charity, C. Vernon Gray, Morgan Rollins, Barbara Russell, Jean Toomer and Diop Wallace.

Light refreshments will be served. Reservations are not needed. There is no snow date.

Information: 410-730-4744.

Women's history essay contest set

The Howard County Commission for Women will sponsor an essay contest in honor of Women's History Month, celebrated in March.


The contest, focused on the theme "Generations of Women Moving History Forward," is open to Howard County students in grades six to 12.

The essay subject should be a contemporary or historical American woman and her ability to overcome obstacles, encourage dreams and bring communities together. The deadline for submissions is Feb. 7.

Winners will be invited to read their essays at the Women's Hall of Fame induction ceremony, to be held at 7:30 p.m. March 15 in the Banneker Room of the George Howard Building, 3430 Court House Drive, Ellicott City.

Information about the contest is available at school guidance offices, from the Department of Citizen Services (410-313-6400) or at Services/Partnerships/student essaycontest.htm. Essays should be e-mailed to women@co.ho. or mailed to Commission for Women Student Essay Contest, P.O. Box 348, Simpsonville 21150-0348.

Culture center seeks members, donations

New and renewed memberships and donations are being sought for the Howard County Center of African American Culture Inc., which is temporarily closed for renovation and repairs.


The center's collection is being 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.

Renovations and repairs to the center's building at 5434 Vantage Point Road in Columbia 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: 410-715-1921.