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Tell the story of your life

The Howard County Library invites residents to be interviewed about their life histories as part of the "This is Your Life" project, a countywide initiative to encourage people 50 and older to record the stories of their lives.

The Columbia Archives will keep the histories as part of its permanent collection.

Interviews will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday at the east Columbia branch library, 6600 Cradlerock Way, Columbia.

Anyone who lives or works in Howard County is welcome to participate. To arrange for an interview: Lois Sanders, 410-313-7791. For information about the "This is Your Life" project: 410-313-7750 or visit www.hclibrary .org.

Groups to address local water issues

HoCoH2O, an alliance of Howard County groups concerned about the quality and health of rivers and streams and the impact of water quality on the environment, will present "Ravaging Runoff: A Call to Action," at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Jim Rouse Theater at Wilde Lake High School, 5460 Trumpeter Road, Columbia.

Mike Tidwell, executive director of the Chesapeake Climate Action Network and author of The Ravaging Tide: Strange Weather, Future Katrinas, and the Coming Death of America's Coastal Cities, and Fred Tutman of Patuxent Riverkeeper, a private nonprofit organization working to protect water resources and surrounding ecosystems, will speak about water, runoff and what can be done to address problems in Howard County.

Del. Elizabeth Bobo will introduce the discussion; Ned Tillman, chairman of the Howard County Conservancy, will moderate. Local groups will be on hand to distribute information and talk with visitors. After the discussion, Tidwell will be available to sign his book.

Refreshments will be served. Admission is free.

Sponsoring groups include the Chesapeake Climate Action Council, Patuxent Riverkeepers, the Howard County Conservancy, the James and Anne Robinson Foundation, Howard County Citizens Association, Howard County Coalition for the Environment, the Howard County Public School System, the Middle Patuxent Environmental Foundation and Friends of Wilde Lake.

Information: 443-474-4002 or visit www.HoCoH2O .com. To reserve tickets: rsvp@HoCoH2O.

Visit to museums and cemeteries

The Coalition to Protect Maryland Burial Sites will hold its annual meeting from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. tomorrow at the Sandy Springs Museum on Route 108, near Olney.

Coffee, lunch and refreshments will be served. The cost is $28.

An afternoon bus tour to the Sandy Spring Slave Museum, the Quaker museum, and their cemeteries, is included.

Information: Barbara Kraske, 410-730-8278.

Celebration of the Arts

Tickets are available for Celebration of the Arts in Howard County tomorrow at Jim Rouse Theater at Wilde Lake High School, 5460 Trumpeter Road, Columbia.

A reception is scheduled from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., with specialty foods, musical performances and a silent auction of work by local artists.

Presentation of the Howie Awards and the Rising Star Competition for young performing artists will follow the reception. The audience will choose three winners who will receive cash prizes.

Tickets, available at the door, are $50 for balcony seating, $75 for orchestra seats. Raffle tickets are $5 or $20 for five tickets. The celebration has raised $741,650 for community arts in the past 10 years.

Information: 410-313-ARTS, or

FIRN to hold free legal clinic

FIRN -- a nonprofit offering resources for the Foreign born -- will present a free legal clinic from 8:30 a.m. to noon tomorrow at FIRN offices, 5999 Harper's Farm Road, Suite E-200, Columbia.

Local attorneys will speak about tenant and landlord rights and family law from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.; wills and estates, and small business incorporation, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.; and traffic court and driving under the influence, from 11 a.m. to noon.

To register: 410-992-1923. Space is limited. Participants will check in from 8:30 a.m. to 8:45 a.m.

Film series screens 'Dark Victory'

Bette Davis stars with Humphrey Bogart and others in the 1939 classic film, Dark Victory, in Slayton House Theatre's Marvelous Movies and More film series, at 7:30 p.m. today at Slayton House Theatre in the Wilde Lake Village Green, Columbia. A discussion, dessert, coffee and tea follow the film. Admission is $7; $6 for seniors and students with ID. 410-730-3987.

Volunteers help with tax filing

Volunteers from the AARP Tax Aide Program will be at the Ellicott City Senior Center from 9 a.m. to noon today 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 pension benefits, or certain veteran's payments.

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

Ellicott City ghost tours

Howard County Tourism is offering Friday and Saturday night ghost tours in Ellicott City at 8:30 p.m. Re-enactors tell stories from the history of the old mill town.

Admission is $10 for adults; $8 for children, ages 65 and older and active military personnel.

For a full schedule: or call 410-313-1900. The tours will run through November.

Road resurfacing on Route 108

The Maryland State Highway Administration recently began a $693,000 project to resurface about a half-mile along Route 108, between U.S. 29 and Columbia Road, as well as ramps in the U.S. 29 interchange.

The project is expected to be completed by the end of June, weather permitting.

Drivers should expect single-lane closures along Route 108 between 7 p.m. and 5 a.m. Ramps at the interchange between Routes 29 and 108 will be closed intermittently. Delays are expected during construction.

Information: 301-624-8100 or 800-635-5119.

Spring Party for 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. Thursday. A buffet, raw bar and beverages from Clyde's of Columbia are planned.

Tickets are $75. Proceeds will benefit Howard County nonprofit human services, cultural, civic and educational organizations. 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.

The foundation, which was founded in 1969, has awarded more than $9 million in grants to Howard County nonprofit organizations. Money for the grant programs comes primarily from income generated by the foundation's endowment, which is supported by more than 250 funds established by Howard County businesses, families and individuals.

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

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