Reminder: Check alarms, detectors

The Baltimore Sun

Howard County's Department of Fire and Rescue Services reminds residents that today, when clocks are to be turned back one hour to standard time, batteries in smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors should be replaced.

The department has joined with Energizer, the International Association of Fire Chiefs and more than 5,900 fire departments around the country for the 20th year to educate the public about preventing injuries and saving lives.

Smoke alarms should be tested and cleaned regularly. At least one smoke alarm is needed on each floor of a residence, but one in every room is highly recommended. Smoke alarms that are more than 10 years old should be replaced.

Howard County residents who need smoke alarms but can't afford them can obtain free alarms by contacting the Department of Fire and Rescue Services, Bureau of Life Safety: 410-313-6040.

'Crafty Extravaganza' scheduled for Nov. 17

The Columbia chapter of the National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women will sponsor its "Crafty Extravaganza" from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Nov. 17 at the Bain Center, 5470 Ruth Keeton Way, Columbia.

Artisans and small-business owners are invited to participate. The bazaar is open to the public.

Information: 410-381-1342 or 410-531-1080.

Master Gardener training offered

New and experienced gardeners are invited to register for the Master Gardener training program offered by the Maryland Cooperative Extension, Howard County Office.

The training will cover topics related to sustainable gardening and the environmental impact of gardening practices.

Training is to be held from 9 a.m. to noon Mondays and Wednesdays, Jan. 28 to March 31 at the Maryland Cooperative Extension Office in Ellicott City. The cost is $160.

Those who participate are expected to volunteer time to educate consumers. Anyone with a keen interest in gardening is welcome, especially those with skills or interests such as writing, graphs and computers. The registration deadline is Nov. 30.

Information or to receive a registration packets: 410-313- 2707.

Residents in need to be discussed

The Association of Community Services will sponsor "Surviv- ing/Thriving in Howard County" -- a discussion of the status of county residents in need and community attitudes about self-sufficiency -- from noon to 1:30 p.m. Nov. 14 at the Meeting House, 5885 Robert Oliver Place, Columbia.

Those who attend can take a lunch or order one by Nov. 9 at The cost for a box lunch is $7, payable at the door. Lunch forms, available online, should be faxed to 410-715- 9546 or e-mailed to info@acs hoco. org.

Information: 410-715-9545, or

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