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Columbia Association to hold open house

The Columbia Association, its president, Maggie J. Brown, senior staff and team members -- and their accomplishments -- will be celebrated at a Community Open House from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at the Loft of The Other Barn in the Oakland Mills Village Center.

The event, originally scheduled last month, was postponed because of inclement weather.

The Columbia Association offers recreational, cultural and community services, including a welcome center, art and teen centers, before- and after-school care, summer camps, lakefront concerts, an archive, volunteer center and exchange program with sister cities in France and Spain.

Its recreational facilities include fitness clubs, roller and ice rinks, golf and tennis clubs, 22 outdoor swimming pools, an indoor swim center and a sports park.

The association's mission is to enhance to quality of life for people living and working in Columbia, and to work to make the town an integrated and caring community.

The Community Open House is sponsored by Friends of CA. Refreshments will be served. Everyone is welcome, and admission is free.

Constituent help offered to walk-ins

U.S. Rep. John P. Sarbanes will make a constituent service representative available for walk-in consultations from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. today at the east Columbia library, 6600 Cradlerock Way, Columbia, and from noon to 1 p.m. at the Elkridge library, 6540 Washington Blvd., Elkridge.

Residents of the 3rd Congressional District seeking help with difficulties related to federal government agencies are encouraged to drop in.

Information: 410-832-8890, or www.sarbanes.house.gov.

Budget meeting open to public tonight

County Executive Ken Ulman will hold his second citizens' budget meeting for the fiscal 2008 budget cycle at 7:30 p.m. today in the Banneker Room of the George Howard Building, 3430 Courthouse Drive, Ellicott City.

A summary of county departmental requests, as well as summary information on the capital budget as submitted to the Planning Board, is at county library branches, online at www. howardcountymd.gov or by calling the county's public information office, 410-313-2022.

Sign-up for those who wish to testify at the meeting is to begin at 6:30 p.m. Speakers must sign up individually; one person may not sign up for several who wish to testify.

People who prefer to send comments via the Internet can do so by going to the county Web site.

Red Cross asking for blood donations

The Red Cross is appealing for blood donations, having reported that the blood supply reached a crisis level.

Type O positive, O negative and B negative are urgently needed. The short supply has forced hospitals in the region to cancel or delay procedures such as transplants and other surgeries.

Donors should be in generally good health, at least 17 years old (or 16 with written parental consent), weigh no less than 110 pounds, have not received a tattoo within the past year, and have not donated whole blood in the past 56 days.

Eligible donors should call 800-GIVE-LIFE to schedule an appointment to donate blood. Platelet donors should call 800-272-2123.

The Red Cross is also seeking businesses, churches, community groups and civic organizations to sponsor blood drives. Information: 800-787-9282, Ext. 4925.

Outstanding Howard women to be feted

Howard County Executive Ken Ulman and the Howard County Commission for Women will be hosts for the 11th annual Women's Hall of Fame ceremony at 7:30 p.m. March 15 in the Banneker Room of the George Howard Building, 3430 Court House Drive, Ellicott City.

Five outstanding Howard County women -- Eva Anderson, Joetta Cramm, Gertrude Crist, Mary Ann Scully and Natalie Woodson -- will be inducted into the Hall of Fame.

Anderson is founder and creative director of the Eva Anderson Dance Company, which recently celebrated its 27th season;

Cramm, a published author and teacher, is a well-known authority on the history of Howard County. Her book, Howard County, A Pictorial History, is in its fourth printing;

Crist has served as president of the Howard County Board of Education and as state delegate to the National School Boards Association. She was instrumental in the establishment of Howard Community College and was a founding member of the Maryland State Board for Community Colleges;

Scully is a founder, with community stakeholders, of the locally owned and managed Howard Bank, the first new bank to open in the county in 15 years;

Woodson, the first vice president of the Howard County branch of the NAACP, serves on the Council of Elders of the Black Community and has volunteered for the African Art Museum, Black Student Achievement Program, Community Building in Howard County and numerous other organizations.

The awards honor contributions the women have made to improve the quality of life of residents of Howard County. A reception will be held after the induction ceremony.

Sports Hall of Fame nominations sought

Nominations are invited for Howard County's 2007 Community Sports Hall of Fame, sponsored by the county's Department of Recreation and Parks.

The honor recognizes those who have gained prominence or made substantial contributions as athletes, coaches, managers, officials or behind-the-scenes contributors to community recreational sports in the county.

Nominees must have been Howard County residents or have been involved in community sports in Howard County during the time they made a contribution to community sports.

Nomination forms are available from the Department of Recreation and Parks (410-313- 4711), at library branches or online at www.howardcounty md.gov/RAP. Nominations must be postmarked by March 15 and mailed or delivered to Recreation and Parks Community Sports Hall of Fame, 7120 Oakland Mills Road, Columbia 21046-1677.

The Howard County Community Sports Hall of Fame is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays at Department of Recreation and Parks headquarters, 7120 Oakland Mills Road, Columbia.

Disaster preparation topic of seniors event

TRIAD/SALT (Seniors and Law Together) of Howard County will sponsor a presentation, "Disaster Preparation and You," at 1 p.m. March 19 at the Bain Center, 5470 Ruth Keeton Way, Columbia.

Joan Driessen and Becky Maerten, N2N Community Outreach Coordinators, will lead the discussion. The N2N (Neighbor-to-Neighbor) program is part of the Community Emergency Response Network (CERN) of Howard County.

TRIAD, a national group that works for seniors' safety, is co-sponsored in Howard County by the Police Department, sheriff's office, AARP and the Office on Aging.

Information: 410-531-6638.

Boating safety classes scheduled

The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary will offer three basic boating safety classes this month and next. The one-day classes will be taught by Howard County resident John Galleazzi.

The classes, which satisfy the Maryland requirement that anyone born after July 1, 1972, complete a boating safety course before operating a vessel in Maryland waters, will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 24, April 7 and April 14.

Registration is required. Classes will be held at 22 Walker Ave., Pikesville. The cost is $35, with a discount for additional family members or groups.

Information and directions: 410-336-7734.

Help is available finding child care

Free assistance is available to Howard County parents seeking state-licensed child care centers, family child care providers, programs for school-age children and preschools.

The service, called LOCATE: Child Care, is available from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. weekdays at 410-313-1930. Trained child care counselors are available to assist in identifying child care best suited to the parents' needs, preferences and ability to pay.

Information: 410-313-1940, or www.howardcountymd.gov/children.

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