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'Thanksgiving Countdown' set

The east Columbia library, 6600 Cradlerock Way, will sponsor a "Thanksgiving Countdown with the Chef," in which Turf Valley's chef Russell Svoboda will supply recipes and tips for a traditional holiday menu.

Those who attend are invited to take a family recipe to share with others and hear answers to turkey-cooking questions when a Turkey Talk-Line representative joins the event by phone.

The event is planned for 7 p.m. tomorrow. Registration is required.

Information: 410-313-7700.

Emergency readiness to be seminar topic

CERN (Community Emergency Response Network) and the Neighbor-to-Neighbor Program of Howard County will present "Communication is the Key," a one-hour seminar designed to help older adults prepare for unexpected emergencies.

Participants will learn how to create an emergency kit and tag home equipment in the event of lost power, water or heat. Discussion will focus on the importance of establishing a community or neighborhood network of support before an emergency or disaster occurs.

The seminar will be offered at:

10:30 a.m. tomorrow at Elkridge Senior Center;

1 p.m. tomorrow at Ellicott City Senior Center;

noon Tuesday at Savage Senior Center;

10 a.m. Nov. 27 at Longwood House;

10 a.m. Nov. 29 at the Bain Center;

10 a.m. Dec. 4 at Glenwood Senior Center;

1 p.m. Dec. 4 at East Columbia Senior Center;

10 a.m. Dec. 6 at Guilford Gardens.

Information or registration: 410-313-5952.

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 for a registration packet: 410-313-2707.

Residents in need to be discussed

The Association of Community Services will sponsor "Surviving/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. today 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 are welcome to take a lunch.

Information: 410-715-9545, or

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 at www.columbiaassoci Applications must be submitted by March 1.

Information: 410-715-3175.

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