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Career management class offered

Howard Community College has engaged the Howard County company GenderStrategy, to teach women strategies for managing their careers and moving up the corporate ladder.

"Boardroom Presence for Women: Strategies to Manage Your Career" will be offered from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday and May 13 at the college's Gateway Center, 6751 Columbia Gateway Drive.

The class will present strategies to communicate effectively with male supervisors and work for promotions.

The cost is $89.

Information: 410-772-4823, 410-695-1260, or www.howardcc. edu, and click on HCC Express. Or

Garlic mustard is contest ingredient

The Friends of the Patapsco Valley and Heritage Greenway will sponsor the ninth Garlic Mustard Challenge from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday in the Avalon and Glen Artney areas of Patapsco Valley State Park.

Teams of volunteers will pull garlic mustard, an invasive plant that is crowding out native wildflowers, and participate in a "Cook's Challenge," in which amateur chefs compete to create tasty dishes using the weed. Music, games for children, environmental displays and prizes are also planned.

Registration is at Pavilion 66 in the Glen Artney area of the park (accessible through the Avalon area at 5120 South St., off U.S. 1, just north of Elkridge and south of Route 195.)

Information: www.patapsco

Farmers' market season set to start

The Howard County Economic Development Authority's Agricultural Marketing Program is launching this year's farmers' markets at three locations in the county: the east Columbia library, Oakland Mills Village Center and the Glenwood library in Cooksville.

The east Columbia library market will be open from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Thursdays, starting this week; the Glenwood library market will open from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturdays, starting tomorrow; and the Oakland Mills market will open from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sundays, starting this week.

The markets, which are to run through the fall, will feature locally grown produce, including fruit,; baked goods, flowers, transplants, organically grown produce; and specialty items.

Information: 410-313-6500.

Festival to benefit cancer center

The second Comcast Cherrybration will be held tomorrow at Centennial Park. The outdoor festival, which starts at 4 p.m., will celebrate the arrival of spring and the blossoming of Howard County's 1,250 Blossom of Hope Kwanzan cherry trees.

The Lanterns of Hope luminaria procession is planned at dusk.

The event will feature music, entertainers, children's activities and educational displays on health, the outdoors and the importance of nature.

Blossoms of Hope helps to fund Howard County General Hospital's Claudia Mayer Cancer Resource Center.

Information: www.blossoms

BBB event to focus on identity safety

The Better Business Bureau of Greater Maryland and its partners invite individuals and small businesses to participate in the first "Secure Your ID" Day from 8 a.m. to noon tomorrow at BWI-Marshall Airport, at Aviation Boulevard and Elkridge Landing Road, across from the Shell gas station.

Free shredding and advice on securing identity will be offered. Participants can take up to three boxes or bags of personal documents to shred. The event is being held by Better Business Bureaus in communities across the country.

Co-sponsors are BWI, Secured Shred, Equifax and the National Association of Information Destruction.

Information: 410-347-3990, or

NAMI walkathon set for tomorrow

This year's Maryland NAMIWalks for the Mind of America walkathon will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow at Centennial Park in Ellicott City. Registration is to begin at 10 a.m. Family activities are also planned.

There is no fee to participate, but walkers are encouraged to collect donations from family members, friends, co-workers and business associates. The walk is sponsored by national and local companies.

NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) offers support, education, research and advocacy programs for the mentally ill in Maryland. About 70 NAMI walks are expected to be held around the country.

Information: 410-772-9300, or

Elementary school slates garage sale

Hammond Elementary School will hold its spring garage sale from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. tomorrow. The rain date is Sunday.

Anyone with gently used goods is invited to reserve a space to sell. Forms to reserve space are available at the school or online at

The school is on Aladdin Drive, off Gorman Road.

Information: Cathy Barrett, 301-604-1971.

Norbel School to hold open house

The Norbel School, 6135 Old Washington Road, Elkridge, will hold an open house for parents of prospective students at 2 p.m. Sunday.

The private, nonprofit school serves children in grades one through 12, with average to gifted intelligence who have speech and language disabilities, learning differences, or high-functioning autism spectrum disorders.

Information: 410-796-6700, or

Longfellow plans fair tomorrow

Longfellow Elementary School's spring fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. tomorrow at the school, 5470 Hesperus Drive, Columbia.

Carnival games, demonstrations, crafts, food, a bake sale and the Baltimore Ravens mascot are planned.

Admission is free.

Information: 410-313-6879.

Workshop to offer lessons on tools

The Columbia Art Center, 6100 Foreland Garth, Columbia, will offer an "Introduction to Hand Tools for Women" from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesdays, next week and May 13. Participants will learn to use hand tools to do home projects properly and safely.

Tuition is $30 for Columbia residents; $40 for nonresidents.

A second workshop, "Introduction to Power Tools for Women," will be offered from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesdays, June 3 through June 17. Participants will learn safety procedures and build a small project.

Tuition is $40 for Columbia residents; $50 for nonresidents.

Woodworker Jack Eckstrom will teach both workshops.

Information or registration: 410-730-0075, or www.columbia for a complete schedule.

Greene Turtle to aid cancer fundraiser

The Greene Turtle, 8872 McGaw Road, Columbia, will contribute 10 percent of its sales Thursday to Howard County's Relay for Life, the annual overnight fundraiser for the American Cancer Society.

Doors open at 11 a.m. for lunch. Happy Hour and discount appetizers are available from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.

This year's Relay for Life will be held June 6 and 7 at Hammond High School in Columbia.

Information: Meaghan Kordusky, 410-313-6592.

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