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'Roots of Howard County' on Feb. 10

The villages of Columbia, the Columbia Association, the African Art Museum of Maryland and the Howard County Center of African-American Culture will present "Roots of Howard County: In Celebration of African-American History" from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 10 at Historic Oakland, 5430 Vantage Point Road, Columbia.

The Ambassadors of Jazz, an accomplished youth jazz group, will perform. Images of Freedom poster contest entries will be on display, and light refreshments will be served.

Those who attend can visit the African Art Museum of Maryland and see a display presented by the Howard County Center of African-American Culture.

Admission is free.

Information: 410-730-4744.

Community blood drive is Feb. 2

Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Columbia will sponsor a community blood drive from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Feb. 2 at Owen Brown Interfaith Center, 7246 Cradlerock Way, Columbia.

Appointments are available but not necessary. Registered donors will receive priority.

The congregation holds blood drives three times yearly.

Information or to schedule an appointment: Pat Fort, 410-381-4546, or uuccblooddrive@comcast.net.

GOP panel seeks nominations

The Howard County Republican Central Committee is seeking nominations for a candidate to replace Robert Ballinger on the nine-member panel.

Applicants must be registered Republicans living in Howard County.

Those interested should send a resume and a written paragraph explaining why they are interested in the position to John_Bailey@HOCOGOP.org or mail the information to Howard County Republican Party, P.O. Box 26, Ellicott City 21041 by Feb. 22.

Candidates who qualify will be interviewed by the committee.

Essay contest for grades 6 to 12

Howard County's Commission for Women is sponsoring an essay contest in honor of Women's History Month, to be celebrated in March.

The national theme for this year's celebration is "Women's Art, Women's Vision."

The contest, open to Howard County students in grades 6 to 12 who are enrolled in public or private schools or being home-schooled.

The essays should describe a contemporary or historical American woman who has distinguished herself in the arts and would be considered visionary.

First-place winners in each grade category (grades six to eight and nine to 12) will receive a $200 U.S. Savings bond and be invited to read their essays at the Women's Hall of Fame induction ceremony, to be held at 7:30 p.m. March 13 in the Banneker Room of the George Howard Building, 3430 Court House Drive, Ellicott City.

The deadline for submissions is Feb. 8.

Information about the contest is available at school guidance offices, by calling 410-313-6400 or at http:--www.howardcountymd.gov/CitizenSer vices/CS_HomePage.htm, and click on "Commissions & Advisory Boards - Commission for Women."

Dangerous Boys Club at bookstore

Barnes & Noble Booksellers in Ellicott City has announced its participation in the launch of the Dangerous Boys Club at Barnes & Noble stores across the country.

Based on the book, The Dangerous Book for Boys by Conn and Hal Iggulden, The Dangerous Boys Club is designed to keep boys engaged in reading and constructive, hands-on activities.

The club, recommended for ages 7 and older, will start at the Ellicott City bookstore at 2 p.m. Feb. 2. The theme for its first meeting will be "It's a Secret!" and will feature code-breaking, coin tricks and activities for aspiring spies. The event will include giveaways and prizes.

Information: Julie Hedgecock, 410-203-9006.

Parent session on teen issues today

HC DrugFree and the Atholton PTSA will sponsor a free program for parents, "What Is Your Teen Thinking?" from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. today in the media center at Atholton High School in Columbia.

The program, for parents only, will address questions such as "How do teens think?" and "Why do they do what they do?"

Mark Donovan, an adolescent therapist with Integrative Counseling, will share his view of why teens do what they do as it affects their grades, use of alcohol and other drugs, and other risky behaviors.

Reservations are not needed.

Information: 443-325-0040, or www.hcdrugfree.org.

Meanwhile, HC DrugFree's annual Teen Job and Volunteer Fair will be held this year from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on March 8.

HC DrugFree, a local nonprofit organization, works to empower the community to raise drug-free teens.

Prosecutor post to be re-advertised

The chairman of the Committee of Sitting Judges of the Howard County Circuit Court has announced that the position of Howard County state's attorney will be readvertised.

The committee said that the Christmas and New Year's holidays might have shortened the time for those who may be interested in submitting an application. Also, the advertisement for the position did not make it clear that the names of all applicants for the position would be made public.

The deadline for applications for the position has been extended to close of business Feb. 15. The position, which became available when Timothy J. McCrone, the former state's attorney, was appointed a Howard Circuit Court judge, will be readvertised to include this information.

Candidate forums to be rebroadcast

A forum for candidates for the Board of Education, held Jan. 8 by the League of Women Voters of Howard County and the PTA Council of Howard County, will be rebroadcast on channels 42 and 72 at 1 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday and Feb. 5 and 9; and at 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. Feb. 11.

A forum for candidates running in the primary election for Congress in the 3rd and 7th districts, held Jan. 10, will be rebroadcast on Gtv channels 70 and 44 at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday through Jan. 31, and 8 p.m. Jan. 30 and 12:30 p.m. Feb. 1-11; evening broadcasts are scheduled at 9 p.m. Feb. 1 and 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. Feb. 2, 3, 9 and 10.

Information: Barbara Russell, 410-730-4024.

Choose Civility car magnets

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.

Funded by Friends of Howard County Library, The Horizon Foundation and Howard County General Hospital, the project 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 their 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.

Celebration of the Arts set April 26

The Howard County Arts Council has announced its 11th Celebration of the Arts in Howard County, which will 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. Also planned are 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.

In 10 years, the celebration has raised more than $700,000 for arts grants in the community.

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

The Arc plans raffle fundraiser

The Arc of Howard County is selling raffle tickets for a home-theater system with a 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 Arc offices, 11735 Homewood Road, Ellicott City.

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 or reservations: 410-730-0638.

Program on teen fin ancial literacy

"Sound Cents," a program on teen financial literacy, will be offered from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. today at the Glenwood library, 2350 Route 97, Cooksville.

The program, designed for those ages 15 to 17, covers the importance of saving, budgeting and using credit wisely. A representative from the Federal Reserve Bank will explain how to make a financial plan for buying a car, paying for a trip or preparing for school expenses.

Registration is required.

Information: 410-313-5577.

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