CROP Hunger Walk to start in Columbia

The Baltimore Sun

The Greater Howard County CROP Hunger Walk will be held at 2 p.m. today, starting and finishing at the Oakland Mills Interfaith Center, 5885 Robert Oliver Place in Columbia. It's approximately a three-mile walk. Registration begins at 1:30 p.m.

Last year's walk raised about $17,000, and organizers hope to raise $25,000 this year. About 250 walkers are expected, and everyone is invited to participate.

The event raises money to help stop hunger and poverty in the community and around the world through self-help initiatives. Twenty-five percent of the funds raised will be contributed to two local organizations: The Interfaith Coalition for Compassion and the Route 1 Homeless Project.

For more information, contact Robert Jordan at 410-730-2026 or visit online CROP means Communities Responding to Overcome Poverty.

Panel to discuss racism in the U.S.

HoCoPoLitSo (Howard County Poetry & Literature Society) will sponsor a free panel discussion, "Racism in America: 1968-2008: What has changed? What remains to be done?" from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. April 27 at the Wilde Lake Interfaith Center, 10431 Twin Rivers Road, Columbia.

Those who attend will be asked to participate in a discussion that includes a decade-by-decade account of racism in America, using a visual presentation, and to examine the state of racism in the nation, with a focus on Howard County.

As part of its commemoration of the 40th anniversary of the assassination of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., the Maryland Humanities Council has undertaken to engage communities in statewide examination of race relations today.

Locally, the council has charged HoCoPoLitSo with engaging residents in an evaluation of Dr. King's legacy, the state of racial relations, and what has been or could be done to bridge the racial divide.

Admission is free. Seating is limited, and reservations are encouraged. Information or to reserve a place: 410-772-4568 or e-mail, Or visit

Health Department gets $500,000

The Howard County Health Department has announced that it has received a $500,000 donation from the Horizon Foundation to help fund the Healthy Howard Plan, the health care access program for the county's uninsured and underserved residents.

The Healthy Howard plan will offer primary care services, discounted prescription drugs, hospital care and dental coverage, as well as specialty care services for 2,000 county residents beginning in the fall.

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