State-of-county talk to be given by Ulman

County Executive Ken Ulman will repeat his State of Howard County address at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Banneker Room of the George Howard Building, 3430 Court House Drive, Ellicott City.


The event is open to county employees and the public. Admission is free.

Ulman will deliver his speech for the first time at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the annual luncheon of the Howard County Chamber of Commerce, an event for chamber members and guests that requires tickets.


Information: 410-313-2022.

Blood drive set to be held tomorrow

Keller Williams Select Realtors/Pat Hiban Real Estate Group, in partnership with the Red Cross, will sponsor a blood drive from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. tomorrow at 6011 University Boulevard, Suite 120, Ellicott City.

Information or registration: Rosie Silva, 410-750-8320. Walk-ins are welcome.

Democratic club to meet Tuesday

The Western Howard County Democratic Club is to meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Howard County Conservancy, 10520 Old Frederick Road, Woodstock, the club's new meeting location.

Bill Chestnut of the Vote Smart Project will speak.

Information: 301-854-6507, or e-mail


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 Feb. 13, 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

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, police and fire departments remain staffed 24/7. For emergencies: 911. For nonemergencies: 410-313-2200.


County offices will reopen Tuesday.

Steiner exhibiting his oil paintings

Robert Steiner, a member of the Howard County Art Guild and a retired member of the chemistry and biochemistry faculty at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, is exhibiting his oil paintings at the east Columbia library, 6600 Cradlerock Way, through March 1.

Steiner's work also will be shown at Columbia Center for the Healing Arts, 10450 Shaker Drive from March 1 through May 1. Viewing times are from noon to 5 p.m. weekdays.

Karaoke Extravaganza has been postponed

The Columbia Association Middle School Advisory Committee's Karaoke Extravaganza for middle school students, originally scheduled from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Feb. 23 at Columbia Teen Center, has been postponed. A new date has not been set.


Information: 410-715-5523.

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.

Benefit magic show scheduled for Feb. 24


The Magic of Shawn Anthony will present "Seeing is Believing" at 7 p.m. Feb. 24 at Slayton House Theatre on Wilde Lake Village Green. Anthony, a performance artist, has won many awards.

Tickets are $20; $10 for children to age 12. A portion of the proceeds will benefit cancer research.

Information or tickets: 443-834-6753.