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Success In Style fashion show is set

Success In Style, a local nonprofit organization that provides free business wardrobes and coaching to disadvantaged women seeking employment, will hold its seventh annual Fashion Event at Nordstrom at The Mall in Columbia.

The event, which includes a Continental breakfast, a spring fashion forecast with beauty consultations and prizes, will be held from 7:30 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. tomorrow.

The cost is $40. Proceeds go to Success in Style.

For information, call Nordstrom customer service, 410-715-2222. Or visit www.successinstyle.org.

Artists to share Venezuela trip

Howard County Friends of Latin America will present a talk by two Baltimore artists and activists, Carol Higgs and Dennis Livingston, about their experiences traveling in Venezuela for two months.

The program, "Tales from Venezuela - Stories, Drawings and Photos," will be held from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at the Central Library, 10375 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia.

Dessert, coffee and tea will be served.

Information: 410-381-4899 or visit www.friends oflatinamerica.org. For the group's Spanish Web site: www.friendsoflatinamerica.typepad.com/ho cofolainspanish.

Flea market, rain or shine, set tomorrow

The Glenwood Community Center, 2400 Route 97, Cooksville, will hold an Outdoor Flea Market from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. tomorrow, rain or shine.

Admission is free for shoppers. Information: 410-313-4840.

History Day contest planned

Howard County History Day, an annual competition that involves teachers and students from area middle and high schools, will be held tomorrow at Reservoir High School in Fulton.

Its theme is "Conflict and Compromise in History."

Competitors have qualified for the district contest by performing well at contests held at individual schools. Category and division winners will advance to the state contest, to be held April 26 at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

Safety highlighted in Government Week

Howard County Executive Ken Ulman has announced plans to celebrate National County Government Week from April 5 to April 12 with activities highlighting county-sponsored programs that protect the safety, health and welfare of children.

A Discovery Fair from 9 a.m. to noon at the east Columbia library branch and a Child Safety Seat Check from 9 a.m. to noon at Fire Station 5 in Clarksville (reservations: 410-313-6090) are also planned.

Howard County's Department of Fire and Rescue Services will conduct two Community Emergency Response Training programs, focused on keeping children and families safe, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. April 9 and 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. April 12. Both events will be at the James N. Robey Public Safety Training Center.

The county's Child Advocacy Center will hold an open house from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. April 8 to raise awareness about children who are victims of abuse or neglect.

For a complete list of events: www.howard countymd.gov .

County to hold its first GreenFest

As part of its celebration of National County Government Week, Howard County will sponsor the county's first GreenFest from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 5 at Glenwood Community Center, 2400 Route 97, Cooksville.

Sixty vendors will supply information on green builders and consumer products, leaving a green footprint, and the benefits of hybrid vehicles. Local environmental clubs and organizations will distribute information on environmental awareness. The first 150 people to attend will receive free canvas shopping bags from My Organic Market.

Activities will include a bird walk, a binocular-building workshop for children, a wildlife hike, a dragonfly and frog watch and a live animal display by Reptiles Alive.

Visitors can register for a free home energy audit. Used cell phones, eyeglasses and binoculars can be dropped off for donation to those in need. Paper documents and data storage devices (DVDs, CDs, floppy disks and tapes) can also be recycled.

Howard Transit will provide free shuttle bus service from The Mall in Columbia (the upper parking lot near the Sears Service Center) at 9 a.m. and 10:20 a.m. Return buses will leave the Glenwood center at 11:40 a.m. and 1:10 p.m.

Information: 410-313-6444, or www.howard countymd.gov and click on GreenFest.

Youth initiatives topic of meeting

County Council members Mary Kay Sigaty and Jen Terrasa have met with members of the community to discuss possible youth initiatives. Sigaty and Terrasa have invited their colleagues on the council to join them in a meeting with the group at 3 p.m. today to broaden the discussion of youth initiatives, which might lead to developing legislation.

The meeting will be held in the Ellicott Room of the George Howard Building, 3430 Court House Drive, Ellicott City.

The public is welcome.

Artwork on display at Columbia mall

Students from Howard County schools will show their artwork to the public at the 36th spring exhibition at The Mall in Columbia, through April 6 during mall hours.

More than 2,500 pieces by young artists ages 5 to 18 will be on display throughout the mall. A reception is scheduled for 6:45 p.m. April 2.

Information: 410-730-3300.

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