Community Notes

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ACS conference registration due

The Association of Community Services will hold an all-day conference, "Tapping Potential," from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 2 at Grace Community Church in Fulton.

Consultant Alan Gregerman, author of Surrounded by Geniuses, will speak at breakfast; economic development specialist Anirban Basu will discuss "Generational Differences and the Workplace" at lunch. Registration, which is available for the breakfast "Coffee & Keynote" talk, the "Lunch & Lecture" or the daylong conference, is due tomorrow.

The cost for the full day is $125 for association members; $150 for nonmembers. The breakfast and lunch events cost $25 each.

The association will sponsor a talk by Ted Thompson of Network for Good on fundraising online by community organizations.

He will discuss key questions to ask, strategies for success and tips for getting started raising money online from noon to 1:30 p.m. today at the Meeting House, 5885 Robert Oliver Place, Columbia.

Take a lunch.

Information: 410-715-9545, or

Striders to start training program

Howard County Striders will begin its First Step Training Program at 6 a.m. March 26 at Wilde Lake High School in Columbia. The program runs weekly through April 30.

The cost is $15 for members.

Information: Joe and Sandy Boys, 410-772-8866.

Support program recruiting facilitators

The SPRING Peer Support Program is recruiting facilitators and will begin its initial training to prepare volunteers for support groups March 28.

SPRING is an acronym for Senior Peer Resources, Individuals, Networks and Groups. SPRING groups, which are held at senior centers and other venues around the county, provide a confidential, comfortable setting for men and women to share concerns, insights and ideas.

The five-week training will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Fridays at the Bain Center, 5470 Ruth Keeton Way, Columbia. Candidates should be reliable, enjoy people and possess excellent listening skills.

Information: Karen Hull, 410-313-7466.

Autism group to raffle Harley-Davidson cycle

The Howard County Autism Society and Harley-Davidson of Maryland Inc. will raffle a 2007 FXD Dyna SuperGlide motorcycle in Pacific Pearl Blue to raise awareness of autism in Howard County.

Tickets are available for $100 each; $250 for three. One thousand tickets will be sold.

The drawing will be held at the third "Pieces of the Puzzle Gala," from 7 p.m. to midnight April 5.

Tickets can be purchased online at or at Harley Davidson of Maryland, 7010 Troy Hill Drive, Elkridge.

Soroptimist plans dinner meeting

Soroptimist International of Howard County will meet for dinner at 6:15 p.m. tomorrow at Cafe de Paris, 8808 Centre Park Drive, Ellicott City.

The organization, which works to improve the lives of women and girls locally and around the world, is part of the international volunteer service organization for business and professional women.

Information: Karen Trennepohl, 410-750-9413.

Construction to shut Brighton Dam Road

Construction of the roundabout at Brighton Dam and Ten Oaks roads in Clarksville will result in a one-day road closure of Brighton Dam Road just west of Ten Oaks Road on or about April 5.

The closure will allow for the completion of the Brighton Dam Road connection to the roundabout. If weather conditions prohibit construction April 5, the work will be rescheduled for April 12.

Message boards and signs will be posted to advise motorists of the temporary detour route along Ten Oaks Road, Triadelphia Mill Road and Highland Road.

The project, which began in October and was halted for the winter season, is expected to resume this month. Completion is expected by late spring.

Anti-drug-abuse grants available

The White House Office of National Drug Control and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration have announced the availability of $19 million in Drug Free Communities Support Program funds. About 150 new grants are expected to be awarded to community coalitions that battle drug abuse.

The application deadline is Friday.


Livestock owners seminar is Tuesday

A seminar for livestock owners, or those interested in getting started, will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Circle D Farm in Woodbine.

Topics are to include biosecurity, pasture management in drought conditions, rotational grazing and the proper method for soil samples. The cost is $3 in advance; $5 at the door.

The seminar is sponsored by the Howard Soil Conservation District, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service and Maryland Cooperative Extension.

Information: Howard Soil Conservation District, 410-489- 7987.

Gan Israel camp registration open

Gan Israel Day Camp, 770 Howes Lane, Columbia, is accepting registration for its four-week summer sessions, to be held June 23 through July 18. Groups are available for boys ages 2 to 8 and girls ages 2 to 12.

The camps will offer sports, swimming, crafts, music, day trips and activities emphasizing Jewish traditions and history. Weekly programs and part-day options are available for preschoolers.

The cost is $160 for a full weekly session; $600 for four weeks. A 5 percent early-bird discount is available for registration paid in full by March 31.

Information or registration: 410-740-2424.

Chess club for kids available weekly

The Parents Resource Place, a program of Jewish Family Services in Howard County and the Jewish Federation of Howard County, is offering a weekly chess club for children ages 5 to 15 from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. March 26.

The program, which meets at the Jewish Federation of Howard County, Century Plaza 1000, 10630 Little Patuxent Parkway, Suite 400, Columbia, will continue on alternate Tuesdays and Wednesdays through June 4.

The cost is $24 a calendar year and includes membership in the U.S. Chess Federation.

Information: Helaine Brenner, 410-730-4976, Ext. 118; or

Emergency readiness seminar set April 15

A free one-hour seminar designed to help older adults prepare for unexpected emergencies will be offered at 10:30 a.m. April 15 at Longwood Senior Center (410-313-7217).

The seminar, called "Preparing the Important Document Binder," is sponsored by CERN and the Neighbor-to-Neighbor Program of Howard County. It includes information on documents that should be ready in case it is ever necessary to leave home in a hurry.

Those who attend are asked to take key documents, such as a copy of a driver's license, marriage license and deed to the house that they are willing to copy at the workshop to begin to create an "Important Document Binder."

AARP, IRS to help with tax filing

The AARP and the Internal Revenue Service will sponsor free personal income tax preparation for low- and middle-income Howard County residents, with emphasis on those ages 60 and older, at county locations.

Self-employment returns with more than $5,000 in expenses and other complex returns are not eligible for the service.

Appointments, which must be scheduled in advance, are available at:

Ellicott City Senior Center (410-313-1400), Monday, Thursday and Friday mornings, and some Tuesday evenings.

Glenwood Community Center (410-313-5440), some Wednesdays.

East Columbia Senior Center (410-313-7680), selected Thursdays.

Bain Center (410-313-7387), Monday, Tuesday afternoons; Wednesday, Thursday, Friday mornings; selected Saturdays.

Elkridge and Savage Senior Centers (410-313-7387), alternate Wednesdays.

Flea market slated March 29 in Glenwood

Glenwood Community Center will host an outdoor flea market from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 29 at 2400 Rte. 97 in Cooksville.

Admission to the flea market is free for shoppers. The cost to reserve space is $15, with an additional $5 for the use of a 6-foot table.

Reservations are required one week in advance; sellers must be 18 years old or older.

Information and to register: 410-313-4840.

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