Community Notes

Summer youth job fair is tomorrow

The Howard County Office of Workforce Development and state Department of Labor, Licensing, and Regulation will sponsor a summer youth job fair from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. tomorrow at the Columbia Workforce Center, 7161 Columbia Gateway Drive, Suite D.


Job seekers should dress for interviewing; they can interview with Howard County employers and apply on site.

Information: Ramona Andrews, 410-313-6172.


Master plan series continues today

General Growth Properties Inc. is presenting a "Vision in Focus" series this week as a continuation of the "Many Voices, One Vision" draft master plan.

Elements of the draft plan, including transit, traffic and culture will be presented by the project consultants.

The remaining dates are:

Today: Transit/traffic -- 7 p.m., Spear Center, 10275 Little Patuxent Parkway.

Tomorrow: Culture -- 7 p.m., Spear Center, 10275 Little Patuxent Parkway.

Senior Day planned May 17 at Bain Cen ter

The Coalition of Geriatric Services 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 in the Woods set for 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 May 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 www.wineinthe

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 courtney@odumrealestate .com or visit Information: 410-997-3557 (Columbia) or 301-498-7509 (North Laurel).

Kin raising kids is focus 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. today 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.

Information: 202-662-3656 or