Senior Day planned for May 17

The Baltimore Sun

The Coalition of Geriatric Services (COGS) and the Howard County Office on Aging will present Senior Day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 17 at the Bain Center, 5470 Ruth Keeton Way in Columbia.

Panels will discuss "Essential Legal Documents" from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.; "Looking at the Next Stage" from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; "Senior Care Programs at the Office on Aging" from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.; and "Aging: What's Normal, What's Not" from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Providers of senior services will have booths offering free information.

Admission is free and open to everyone. Refreshments will be served through the day.

Information: 410-997-0610 or

Wine celebration May 17-18

The Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks will present its 2008 Wine In The Woods celebration from noon to 6 p.m. May 17 and 18 in Symphony Woods in Columbia.

Visitors can sip wine from a souvenir glass, listen to live music, shop at artisans' displays, eat and watch a wine demonstration.

Admission is $20 in advance, $25 at the gate. Designated drivers pay $20. Ages 4-20 pay $5.

Information: 410-313-4700 or 410-313-7275; text telephone, 410-313-4665; or

Spring Social to be held May 19

The Howard County Advisory Board of Family and Children's Services of Central Maryland will hold a Spring Social from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. May 19 at Victoria Gastro Pub, 8201 Snowden River Parkway in Columbia.

The event, which is to include networking, a brief program and food and drink, is designed to introduce the agency's service to the community and raise funds.

Admission is $50. Sponsorships, which include on-site recognition and two tickets, are $500.

Family and Children's Services offers counseling, employee assistance, in-home services for elderly and disabled people and the Health Families program for first-time parents. The agency accepts third-party insurance; uninsured clients pay on a sliding scale.

Family and Children's Services has offices in the Wilde Lake Village Center in Columbia and the Whiskey Bottom Shopping Center in North Laurel.

Tickets to the Spring Social, e-mail or visit Information: 410-997-3557 (Columbia) or 301-498-7509 (North Laurel).

Nominees sought for awards

The Community Action Council of Howard County MD Inc. is seeking nominations for awards to county resident and organization for their outstanding community service.

One person will be recognized with the Rev. John W. Holland Humanitarian Award, and two organization will receive Community Service awards. The honors recognize hands-on and selfless service to the needy in the county, following the example of the Rev. John Holland, who served on the council's board for 17 years.

Born in Cooksville in 1910, Holland worked to ensure human rights. He served as vice president of the Maryland State Conference of NAACP branches, and as president of the local branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People for 10 years. He died in November 1987.

Nominations must be submitted by June 3. The winners will receive their awards at CAC's annual Holland Awards Dinner, to be held Oct. 16 at the Sheraton Columbia Hotel.

The nonprofit Community Action Council provides programs and emergency services to low-income Howard County residents.

Information: Deepak Chadha, 410-313-6440.

Career management class

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, and click on HCC Express. Or

Norbel School open house

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

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

Kin raising kids fo cus of event

Grandparents and other relatives raising children are invited to join AARP, Child Welfare League of America, the Children's Defense Fund, Generations United, Grand Families of America and the National Committee of Grandparents for Children's Rights at the third national GrandRally, to be held from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Wednesday on the West Lawn in front of the Capitol in Washington.

The event will focus on the needs of grandparents and other relatives raising children.

Kellie Pickler, country and pop music singer, will honor her grandparents and share her story. Visits to members of Congress are scheduled after the rally.

Reservations are requested. Information: 202-662-3656 or

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