Columbia scheduled as discussion topic

The Howard County Citizens Association and Howard County Tomorrow, a new organization that meets weekly to discuss Howard County issues, will sponsor a discussion, "Development of Downtown Columbia: What Would You Do?" at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow at Hawthorn Center, 6175 Sunny Spring, in Hickory Ridge village, Columbia.


Town Center resident Jud Malone, founder of Howard County Tomorrow, will lead the discussion.

Admission is free and open to everyone.


Information: Ray Cole, 443-283-3967, or www.

Howard 'Roots' celebration today

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. today.

The event will be held at Historic Oakland, 5430 Vantage Point Road, Columbia. Admission is free.

A commemoration of Black History Month, the program 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.

Kiwanis Club meets Monday evenings

The Kiwanis Club meets at 6:45 p.m. Mondays at Kiwanis-Wallis Hall in Ellicott City.


Information: Harry Slade, 410-418-8218.

Youth ice hockey fundraiser slated

Howard Huskies, the Columbia youth ice hockey club, will sponsor a fundraiser for the Patterson Park Stars youth hockey team from 6:10 p.m. to 7:10 p.m. tomorrow at Columbia Ice Rink .

The Huskies Mite and Atom teams -- with players younger than 8 years old -- will hold a 30-minute shootout in which players attempt to score goals. Parents pledge a donation for each goal scored. Goalies are also members of the team. There is no minimum donation. Cash donations are also welcome.

The Patterson Park Stars serves underprivileged Baltimore youngsters. The event will help fund the team's activities and pay for equipment.

Information: Sue Allison, 410-730-0286.


Workshop planned for nonprofit groups

The Association of Community Services, the Columbia Foundation and Horizon Foundation will offer a workshop for Howard County nonprofit organizations, "How to Begin with the End in Mind ... Measuring Program Outcomes," from 8:30 a.m. to noon Thursday at the Loyola College Graduate Center, 8890 McGaw Road, Columbia.

Phyllis Utterback, program evaluator for the Horizon Foundation, will conduct the training. The workshop will focus on strategies to ensure that a program is accomplishing its objectives and information that must be collected to determine whether a program is making a difference.

Participation is limited to Howard County nonprofits. Registration is encouraged. The cost is $35 a person. Checks should be made payable to ACS and sent to ACS/Training, 6620 Amberton Drive, Elkridge 21075.

Information: 410-796-7824.

County government has new Web address


The Howard County government Web site has moved from its old address ( to a new Web address (

County government employees now have new e-mail addresses that will begin jsmith, for example (for John Smith), and end with howardcounty The full e-mail address would be jsmith@howard

Information: 410-313-2022.

Senior centers convert to broadband service

Howard County Executive Ken Ulman has announced that all nine Howard County senior centers and four Senior Plus sites, which serve older people with disabilities, have converted their dial-up Internet service to broadband, a faster, more efficient way to stay connected to family, friends and resources that can improve seniors' quality of life.

Seniors can set up e-mail addresses, receive and send e-mail, download photographs and talk to family and friends through instant messaging, shop, do online banking and gain access to other resources and services quickly and easily.


The announcement was made Jan. 30 at Glenwood Community Center's computer lab in Cooksville.

Information: 410-313-2022.

Presidents Day closures listed

Howard County government offices, courts, libraries and the animal shelter will be closed in observance of Presidents Day on Feb. 19. The landfill will be open, and regular trash and recycling services will be in effect. Parking meters must be fed.

The 911 Center, police and fire departments remain staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week. For emergencies, dial 911. For nonemergencies: 410-313-2200.

County offices will reopen for regular business hours Feb. 20.