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'Supergirl Dilemma' to be focus Sunday

The Women's Giving Circle of Howard County will sponsor a free presentation for mothers, daughters and anyone interested in the future of young women from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at Hawthorn Center in Hickory Ridge village, Columbia.

Gender equity specialist Phyllis Lerner will discuss "The Supergirl Dilemma: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly."

Lerner is a founding member of Girls Incorporated of the Washington metropolitan area, a nonprofit youth organization dedicated to inspiring girls to lead successful, independent and fulfilling lives.

The organization commissioned a nationwide survey that provides insight into girls' lives and identifies a "supergirl phenomenon," a set of societal expectations for girls that includes coping with stereotypes and concerns uniquely confronting girls.

Refreshments will be served. Admission is free. Reservations are not required.

Information: 410-730-7327. For a full copy of The Supergirl Dilemma: www.girlsinc.org.

Arts celebration to be held April 26

The Howard County Arts Council has announced its 11th Celebration of the Arts in Howard County, to be held from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. April 26 at Jim Rouse Theatre for the Performing Arts in Columbia.

The gala will feature a reception from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. with a silent auction of work by local artists, gourmet food from area restaurants and caterers and musical performances on the Main Street Stage.

After the reception, guests are invited into the theater for presentation of the Howie Awards and the Rising Star Competition for young performing artists. The audience will choose three winners to receive prizes of $5,000, $2,500 and $1,000.

Barbara K. Lawson, president and chief executive officer of the Columbia Foundation, is the gala's honorary chairwoman.

The celebration has raised $741,650 for arts grants in the community in the past 10 years.

Information: 410-313-ARTS, or www.hocoarts.org.

League plans two forums for candidates

The League of Women Voters of Howard County will hold a forum for congressional candidates from the 3rd and 7th districts at 7 p.m. tomorrow in the Tyson Room of the George Howard Building, 3430 Court House Drive, Ellicott City.

The forum will be broadcast live on Gtv channels 44 and 70. The public is invited.

Information: 410-730-0142.

Election forum to be held Saturday

AAIHC (African-Americans in Howard County) will hold a presidential primary election forum from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at St. John Baptist Church's Agape Hall, 8910 Route 108, Ellicott City.

The forum will cover major public offices (U.S. president, congressional representatives, judges of the Circuit Court), including delegates to the Democratic and Republican national conventions, and candidates for the Howard County Board of Education.

Topics are to include affordable housing, Medicaid cuts, transportation services, affordable health care, education and the balance of powers between the legislative and executive branches of government.

Information: Sherman Howell, 301-596-5240.

State of the county address is Tuesday

County Executive Ken Ulman will deliver his State of Howard County address twice on Tuesday. Following a practice he started during his first year in office, Ulman will present the address first at the Howard County Chamber of Commerce annual luncheon, which is a ticketed event for chamber members, the business community and guests.

Ulman will deliver the same address at 7 p.m. in the Banneker Room of the George Howard Building, 3430 Courthouse Drive in Ellicott City. The evening presentation will be open to the public and carried live on Gtv, the county's government information station.

The Chamber of Commerce program is to start at noon and will be held at the Turf Valley Resort and Conference Center in Ellicott City.

Information or tickets to that event: 410-730-4111.

Arc holding benefit raffle

The Arc of Howard County is selling raffle tickets for a home-theater system with 50-inch plasma television. The tickets cost $25 each; 1,000 tickets will be sold.

The winning ticket will be drawn at a Super Bowl social to be held from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Jan. 31 at the Arc's offices. Refreshments will be served.

The Arc was started by a group of parents in 1961 as an advocacy and support group. The organization provides housing, job placement, vocational training and individual and family-support services to people with cognitive and developmental disabilities and their families.

Information: 410-730-0638.

Residents can track snowplows

Howard County residents can track the progress of snowplows by visiting the county's home page: www.howardcountymd.gov, and clicking on the snowflake icon. A snow-tracker map will show the current location of plows, untreated roads, salted roads and plowed roads. The maps are to be updated every 15 minutes.

Each county snow vehicle is now equipped with a global positioning device to allow residents to track its real-time progress during a storm.

Residents can also call 410-313-2900 for information about the county's on maintenance efforts during a storm.

Festival of the Arts has gift certificates

Columbia Festival of the Arts is offering an opportunity to "Give the Gift of the Arts" in the form of gift certificates for the 2008 performance season.

The nonredeemable certificates, which will help support the nonprofit Columbia Festival, are available in denominations of $25, $50 and $100.

The 2008 performance schedule will be announced in March. 2008Gift certificates may be redeemed for tickets. The certificates are not redeemable for cash and cannot be returned for a cash refund.

Information: 410-715-3044.

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