Forum on design for Town Center

The Baltimore Sun

Columbia General Manager Greg Hamm and the General Growth Properties team invite the community to the fourth in a series of forums featuring members of the design and planning team working on the master plan for Columbia Town Center.

"An Evening with Jaquelin T. Robertson" features the former dean of the School of Architecture at the University of Virginia and founding partner of Cooper, Robertson & Partners. He led work on projects such as new communities at Daniel Island, S.C.; New Albany, Ohio; and Celebration and WaterColor, Florida.

The event will be held at 7:30 p.m. today at the Spear Center in the General Growth Properties Building, 10275 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia. Coffee and dessert will be served at 7 p.m.

Robertson also prepared master plans for historic areas such as Monticello in Virginia and the Battlefield Museum and Visitor Center at Gettysburg.

Robertson has taught at Yale University and elsewhere. He received the Thomas Jefferson Foundation Medal in Architecture in 1998, the Seaside Institute Prize in 2002, and the Richard H. Driehaus Prize for Classical Architecture in 2007.

Registration is requested. To reserve a place: 410-992-6500 or e-mail,

The draft master plan for Town Center will be presented on April 28.

Student film festival to air Friday night

Do you enjoy movies? Do you have a student who loves visual entertainment, or cutting edge movies? The fourth annual Howard County Student Film Festival will be held at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab's Kossiakoff Center in Laurel. The event is free and all are welcome to watch the original, family-friendly films by high school students from area public and private high schools.

Door prizes will be awarded and an ice cream social is to follow.

The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory is located at 11100 Johns Hopkins Road.

Open house for search and rescue

Maryland Search & Rescue, a program for youth and young adults focused on lost-person searches in wilderness, will hold an open house for anyone interested in learning outdoor skills and participating in searches from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday.

Training includes hiking, backpacking, land navigation, all-weather camping, rock-climbing, rappelling, radio protocol, search tactics and first aid. The program is run by its youth members.

The event for youth ages 14 to 21 will be held at Mount Zion United Methodist Church, 12430 Scaggsville Road, Highland.

Information: Pamela Paulding, 410-730-0561 or Art Ross, 410-740-2913. Or visit

Tax assistance for seniors April 18

Volunteers from the AARP Tax Aide Program will be at the Ellicott City Senior Center from 9 a.m. to noon April 18 and April 25 to help those who want to file for their economic stimulus payment.

This service is for people who do not ordinarily have to file tax returns. To qualify for the stimulus payment, a person must have a valid Social Security number; must not have been claimed as a dependent of another taxpayer; and must have a total of $3,000 or more in earned income, Social Security or railroad benefits, or certain veteran's payments.

The Ellicott City Senior Center is at 9421 Frederick Road, behind the Miller branch library. Information or to schedule an appointment: 410-313-1400.

Dog Day planned at Lake Elkhorn

The Columbia Association will host its second annual Dog Day Afternoon from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Lake Elkhorn in Columbia.

There will be treats and activities for dogs, and face painting, a caricature artist and a craft area for kids. Music will be provided by a DJ.

This free event will feature local businesses and organizations that focus on the health, happiness and well-being of dogs. Some activities will include a pet costume contest and fashion show, raffles and contests.

Information: 410-715-3104.

May spring party to help nonprofits

The Columbia Foundation, the Howard County community foundation, will hold its 26th annual Spring Party at The Spear Center in the General Growth Properties building from 5:45 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. May 1. A full buffet, raw bar and beverages from Clyde's of Columbia are planned.

Proceeds will benefit Howard County nonprofit human service, cultural, civic and educational organizations. Tickets are $75. Those who add $25 to the ticket price will contribute $1 to each of 25 agency endowments established, through the Columbia Foundation, by nonprofit organizations.

Information or to purchase tickets: 410-730-7840 or visit

Giving Circle to hold social

The Women's Giving Circle of Howard County will hold its sixth annual meeting and social from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. April 16 at the Spear Center in the General Growth Properties Building in Columbia.

Donors, friends and members of the community are invited to attend. Wine and other refreshments will be served.

Diane Schumacher, Howard Community College athletic director, will talk about "A Celebration of Girls and Women in Sports: Title IX at 35." She will discuss the impact of Title IX on women's athletics. The 1972 legislation was designed to allow women access to education.

The Women's Giving Circle is working to build a community of women in philanthropy, creating a permanent endowment fund and providing grants to institutions and initiatives that address the needs of women and girls in Howard County.

Admission to the meeting and social is $40. General Growth Properties is at 10275 Little Patuxent Parkway. To purchase tickets, send $40 to TCF/Women's Giving Circle, 10227 Wincopin Circle, Suite G-15, Columbia, 21044; or Tickets will be held at the door.

Information: Colleen Taggart D'Agrosa, 800-642-2542.

Lantern workshops offered for festival

Free lantern-making workshops are being offered at Howard County library branches and at Howard County Center for the Arts in preparation for the "Lanterns of Hope" luminaria procession planned for this year's Comcast Cherrybration on May 3 at Centennial Park.

The event will celebrate the arrival of spring and the blossoming of Howard's County's1,250 "Blossom of Hope" Kwanzan cherry trees.

The outdoor festival, which is to begin at 4 p.m., will feature music, strolling entertainers, children's activities and educational displays on health, the outdoors and the importance of nature. At dusk, Mother Nature will lead a luminaria parade through the park.

Workshops will be offered from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. today at the Elkridge branch; 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the central library; 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday at Howard County Center for the Arts; 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. April 19 at the central library; 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. April 20 at Howard County Center for the Arts; 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. April 24 at the east Columbia branch; and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. April 27 at Howard County Center for the Arts.

Instructions for making a simple lantern are also available online at www.blossomsof

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