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Choose Civility magnets available

The Baltimore Sun

The Howard County Library has Choose Civility car magnets in stock. The magnets are part of an initiative that includes 40 partners, led by the library, to position Howard County as a model of civility.

The project - funded by Friends of Howard County Library, The Horizon Foundation and Howard County General Hospital - is intended to enhance the quality of life in the county and emphasize the importance of civility for those who live and work here.

Choose Civility is intended to guide people to make choices that will result in improved mental, physical and spiritual health.

The book by P.M. Forni, founder of the Johns Hopkins Civility Project, Choosing Civility: The Twenty-five Rules of Considerate Conduct, is available at library branches. The magnets are intended to be used on cars. A $1 donation is requested.

A Choose Civility Spring Symposium is planned from 8 a.m. to noon May 14.

Information: Kelli Shimabukuro, 410-313-7763.

County to celebrate the legacy of King

The Howard County Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Commission will present its 23rd celebration of the life and legacy of the civil rights leader at 3:30 p.m. today at Long Reach High School, 6101 Old Dobbin Lane, Columbia.

This year's theme is "The Importance of the Dream: 40 Years Later." Admission is free.

Featured this year are speakers and entertainment from the Washington-Baltimore region, including musical selections by Annie Dash and Ron Oaks, and a performance by slam poet Gayle Danley. The keynote speaker will be Carl O. Snowden.

Audrey Barnes, a reporter for WUSA9 in Washington, will be master of ceremonies. Barnes, twice nominated, won an Emmy for her documentary on the Joffrey Ballet school.

The commission will present its Commission Award to a person who exemplifies the spirit of King's message. Cash awards will be given to student contest winners from Howard for their essays on King and his legacy.

Attendees are asked to support the commission's food drive for the needy by taking a canned item to the event. There will be an opportunity to sign up for community service.

Information: 410-313-6430.

Transit board listening sessions

The Howard County Public Transportation Board will hold the first of several listening sessions to hear concerns, comments and recommendations for the future of Howard Transit, the county's local bus service.

The first session will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Tyson Room of the George Howard Building, 3430 Court House Drive, Ellicott City. The sessions begin a six- to-nine-month process to prepare a five-year transit development plan. Route structure, frequency of service, on-time performance, condition of vehicles, customer service, demand and other factors will be studied.

Ridership on Howard Transit is expected to exceed 900,000 trips this fiscal year.

To request a sign-language interpreter at the meeting, call 410-313-6401 (TDD) at least three days in advance. To request transportation to the meeting, call 410-313-1921 at least three days in advance.

Closings scheduled on King holiday

Howard County government offices, courts, animal shelter and library branches will be closed tomorrow in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

The landfill will be open, and regular trash and recycling services are in effect. Parking meters must be fed.

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