Women educators' Afternoon Tea

An Afternoon Tea for Women Educators, sponsored by the Women's Giving Circle of Howard County, will be held from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday at Ten Oaks Ballroom in Clarksville.


The event, which was to have been be held yesterday, was postponed because of inclement weather.

Linda Perlstein, journalist and author of a book based on her experiences at Wilde Lake Middle School, will speak. The topic is also the title of her book: Not Much Just Chillin': The Hidden Life of Middle Schoolers.


Perlstein, who was a reporter for The Washington Post from 1994 to 2004, wrote about education and children for six years. Her book is based on the year she spent immersed in the lives of middle school children. Perlstein's second book, Tested: One American School Struggles to Make the Grade, is to be published in July.

The tea is open to educators and staff members at Howard County's public and private schools. Registration is required, but admission is free. Those who are registered need not register again.

Information: Colleen Taggart-D'Agrosa, 301-854-1107.

The Women's Giving Circle is an organization of women philanthropists dedicated to addressing the needs of women and girls in Howard County. The organization has established a donor-advised fund with the Columbia Foundation and has adopted adolescent girls as its focus for study and grants-making.

Information: www.womens

Free tickets, transport for city students

More than 4,000 students from the Baltimore school system are to receive free tickets and bus transportation to performances of Ben Carson, M.D., a play about the life of the well-known neurosurgeon.

Eight performances are planned this week at Doris M. Johnson High School (formerly Lake Clifton-Eastern High School) by the Columbia Center for Theatrical Arts. The performances include a 10-minute question period with the actors.


Each student attending a performance will receive a copy of Dr. Carson's autobiography, Gifted Hands.

The mission of Columbia Center for Theatrical Arts, a nonprofit organization, is to educate through the arts by creating experiences that inspire thought, action, creativity and change. This is its fourth year of presenting the play free to Baltimore children.

Library offering Internet sessions

Howard County Library computer experts are offering one-on-one sessions on the Web at all of the library's branches. Participants can learn to surf safely online, download files and stay free of viruses.

Information or to schedule a session: 410-313-7890.

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.

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 tomorrow 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 with the first letter of the first name combined with the full last name, (for example, jsmith for John Smith), and end with howard The full e-mail address would be jsmith@

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 Monday. The landfill will be open, and regular trash and recycling services will be in effect. Parking meters must be fed.

The 911 Center and 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 Tuesday.