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Lawyers Hanson, Talkin being honored

The Bar Foundation of Howard County has announced that Carol A. Hanson and Richard B. Talkin will be honored tomorrow at the annual meeting of Fellows to be held at 11:30 a.m. at the Tiber River Tavern in Ellicott City.

Each will receive the foundation's Award of Excellence at a luncheon that is open to members and the public.

Hanson, a member of the bar for 28 years, has served as district public defender for Howard and Carroll counties; she is responsible for an office that handles about 5,000 cases annually.

Talkin has engaged in private practice in Howard County for much of his 41-year career. He has been president of the Howard County Bar Association, a member of the Maryland State Bar Association Board of Governors and a member of the Judicial Selection Committee and Character Committee of the Court of Appeals of Maryland.

He is also being honored for his leadership, professionalism, civility and commitment to the community.

The Bar Foundation for Howard County was founded in 2001 to promote excellence in legal education and better understanding of the legal system, and to institute programs to improve the legal and court systems.

Information: 410-480-7706.

Commencement set at Tai Sophia Institute

Tai Sophia Institute will hold a commencement ceremony from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. today in Jim Rouse Theatre at Wilde Lake High School, 5460 Trumpeter Road, Columbia.

Graduate degrees will be awarded to students of acupuncture, eight students of herbal medicine and five in applied healing arts.

Speakers will focus on the value of the healing arts and alternative medicine.

Founded in 1975 as a small healing arts clinic, Tai Sophia Institute offers wellness-based educational programs and graduate degrees in acupuncture, herbal medicine and other healing arts.

The school is at 7750 Montpelier Road, North Laurel.

Information: 410-888-9048.

Rescued horses can be adopted

Arabians, quarterhorses, thoroughbreds, standardbreds, paints and other rescued horses are available for adoption from Days End Farm Horse Rescue Inc. in Lisbon. Many of the horses have been impounded by animal control and brought to the farm to regain their health.

Visitors are welcome to tour the farm from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily. Those interested in adopting a horse should call for an appointment. Horses available for adoptions have had medical examinations, vaccinations and have had their feet trimmed and been wormed.

Pictures and description of the horses are at Photographs of horses still in rehabilitation but available for sponsorship can be seen at the same Web address.

The farm is at 15856 Frederick Road, near Routes 144 and 94.

Information: 301-854-5037 or 410-442-1564.

Library offering computer instruction

The Howard County Library is offering one-on-one instructional sessions on using computer technology for research, writing, editing, and downloading electronic books and music.

Sessions are available at all branches. The service is free.

Information: 410-313-7890.

Relatives as Parents group to meet

Relatives as Parents (formerly Grandparents as Parents), an information and support group for those raising the children of relatives, will meet from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. June 13 at the Bain Center, 5470 Ruth Keeton Way, Columbia.

The group, which meets on the second Wednesday of each month, offers information, referrals and other services.

Information: 410-381-4800 or 410-313-1940.

Disability panel seeks nominees for awards

The Howard County Commission on Disability Issues is accepting nominations for its 2007 awards program, recognizing outstanding efforts to promote independence and full participation in community life for people with disabilities.

Categories for nominations include Employer of the Year, Service Provider, Accessibility Award -- General and Universal Design, and Individual Achievement Award -- General, Adult and Youth.

Nominees must live, work or provide service in Howard County.

Information: 410-313-6431, or and click on the link to the nomination form. Completed forms should be sent by July 16 to the Commission on Disability Issues, 6751 Columbia Gateway Drive, No. 300, Columbia 21046.

Award winners will be recognized at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 4 at an awards celebration in the Banneker Room of the George Howard Building, Ellicott City.

Five-day camp slated for seniors

Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks will sponsor a Summer Camp for Seniors, ages 55 and older, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through June 15 at the Bain Center, 5470 Ruth Keeton Way, Columbia.

The cost is $110 for the five-day camp, and includes supplies, lessons, a camp T-shirt and one lunch. Transportation will be provided to all activities.

Information or registration: 410-313-7320 or 410-313-7279.

Applicants sought for Democratic panel

The Howard County Democratic Central Committee has announced a vacancy on the committee. Applicants must be registered Democrats in Howard County.

Interviews will be conducted at 7 p.m. June 27 at the office of the Howard County Democratic Central Committee, 7050 Oakland Mills Road, Columbia.

Applicants should submit a resume and letter outlining their political activities and reasons for applying to serve on the Howard County Democratic Central Committee.

Resumes and letters should be sent to HCDCC, P.O. Box 1363, Columbia 21044.

Information: 410-290-9791.

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