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Veterans Day lunch planned Sunday

Staff Sgt. Karl G. Taylor Sr. Marine Corps League Detachment 1084 will celebrate Veterans Day by inviting veterans to lunch.

The event will be held from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Ellicott Mills Brewing Company in Historic Ellicott City. Veterans from all branches of service are welcome, and guests from Bethesda Naval Hospital, Walter Reed and other hospitals serving veterans will be invited.

Spouses and children are also invited. The cost for lunch is $10; the restaurant will donate a portion of the proceeds to the league. The Marine Corps League will pay for guests from Walter Reed, Bethesda Naval and other hospitals.

Everyone is invited. It is not necessary to be a veteran to attend.

Information: MCL1084

Online safety seminar is today

The Howard County Schools' Student Services Advisory Committee will present its next Wellness Seminar, "Be Safe in MySpace: Keeping Children/Adolescents Safe in the World of Online Social Networking."

The seminar for students in grades three to 12 will be held from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. today in the Homewood Center cafeteria, 10914 Route 108, Ellicott City. Young guests must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Discussion will include what information is safe to post online; how to prevent strangers from accessing online profiles; and how to blog safely.

Information: 410-313-6682.

'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 10 a.m. to 4 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.

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; those with skills or interests such as writing, graphs and computers are needed. The registration deadline is Nov. 30.

Information or to receive a registration packet: 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.

Panelists are to include James Smith of the Community Action Council; Linda Zumbrun, Department of Social Services; Glenn Schneider, Health Department; and Joe Willmott of the Board of Homelessness.

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

Information: 410-715-9545, or

Thanksgiving fete set for Nov. 14.

The Howard County Office on Aging and County Executive Ken Ulman are inviting residents to celebrate the season at the county's Thanksgiving Celebration Nov. 14 at Ten Oaks Ballroom in Clarksville.

Doors open at 10:30 a.m.; lunch is to be served at noon. Tickets are $9.50 and include entertainment.

Information: Regina Jenkins, 410-313-1417.

Transportation issues to be topic

Maryland Department of Transportation Secretary John D. Porcari, State Highway Administrator Neil J. Pedersen and other state officials will meet with local officials and residents to discuss transportation issues, funding and the six-year capital transportation program at 7 p.m. tomorrow in the Banneker Room, George Howard Building, 3430 Court House Drive, Ellicott City.

Information: 410-865-1025.

Bereavement lecture scheduled tomorrow

Sol Levinson & Bros. Inc. and Jewish Family Services will present the third event in the Bereavement Lecture Series in Howard County from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. tomorrow at Wilde Lake Interfaith Center, 10431 Twin Rivers Road, Columbia.

Author Ann Kaiser Stearns of the Community College of Baltimore County will discuss "Traits of Triumphant Survivors."

Admission is free.

Information: 410-356-8383, Ext. 357.

Candidates sought for scholarship

The Columbia Association is seeking candidates for its annual Spirit of Columbia Scholarship Award, given each year to high school seniors who have shown extraordinary dedication to community service.

As many as six $2,500 scholarships will be awarded this year to graduating high school seniors who live on Columbia Association-assessed property or have a parent who works full time on assessed property. Candidates must have at least a "C" average, and a demonstrated history of voluntary service to the Columbia community.

Applications are available at local high schools, Columbia community centers and Columbia Association headquarters (10221 Wincopin Circle). They can also be downloaded from

Applications must be submitted by March 1.

Information: 410-715-3175.

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