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School board holds coffee, conversation

The Board of Education holds Coffee & Conversation sessions at schools throughout the county. These meetings provide community with an opportunity to share a cup of coffee and chat informally with board members.

The next session will be 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday in the media center at Murray Hill Middle School, 9989 Winter Sun Road in Laurel.

Information: 410-313-6600.

HCC sponsors Earth Day events

Howard Community College will sponsor a weeklong series of events tomorrow through Friday in observance of Earth Day, and a celebration will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday in the college's Duncan Hall lobby.

Environmental organizations and organic stores and farms will be on hand. Those who attend can participate in a water taste-off, plant flowers and recycle plastic grocery bags. Leonardo DiCaprio's environmental film, The 11th Hour, will be shown at 12:30 p.m. in the Kittleman Room (ELB-100) and at 6 p.m. in the Burrill Galleria. Other environmentally themed films will be shown in ELB-100, starting at 11 a.m.

The HCC Environmental Club will demonstrate the impact of trash on Thursday with a Dumpster Dive on the HCC Quad, when a day's worth of campus trash will be on display. The club will plant native flowers on Friday.

The week's events, which are free and open to everyone, begin from noon to 2 p.m. tomorrow with "Consume Less: Live More," a program to increase awareness of the risks posed to the environment and financial stability by over-consumption. Also, the Baltimore Free Store will hold a mini-market.

The week's activities, which are open to the public, are sponsored by the HCC Environmental Club, the Division of Science and Technology and the Office of Student Life.

Information: Tracie Palm, 410-772-4896.

Wine tasting event benefits students

The Howard Community College Educational Foundation Inc. and Decanter Fine Wines will sponsor "Vino Scholastico," a tasting of distinctive international wines, to raise money for student scholarships.

The event will be held from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday on the fourth floor of The Rouse Company Foundation Student Services Hall (RCF-400), 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia.

Guests will have an opportunity to taste more than 50 fine wines, enjoy hors d'oeuvres, desserts and discounted prices for purchasing wines. Tickets are $75.

Information or to purchase tickets: 410-772-4450 or visit

A raffle of a grand prize package trip to California wine country and other prizes will be drawn at the event. Raffle tickets are $50; three for $125. Only 500 tickets will be sold.

A pre-event tasting of Perrin Family wines will be held from 6 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. in the Cafe on the Quad at the RCF building. Danny Haas of Vineyard Brands will present the wines. Tickets are $75.

Board of education to hold meeting

The Howard County Board of Education will hold a regularly scheduled meeting at 4 p.m. Thursday in the boardroom at the Department of Education, 10910 route 108, Ellicott City.

The afternoon session and an evening session, which begins at 7:30 p.m., will start with a public forum, when members of the public can address the board on any topic for which there is no formal hearing process.

Sign-up in advance is preferred. To sign up: 410-313-7194.

To request a sign-language interpreter: Colleen Rice, 410-313-7046. Two weeks' notice is preferred.

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