Symposium features former Colt

The Baltimore Sun

The Howard County Library and its 40 "Choose Civility" partners will hold a symposium featuring Rep. Elijah E. Cummings and former Baltimore Colts defensive lineman Joe Ehrmann, a co-founder of Building Men and Women for Others.

Ehrmann will speak about the importance of empathy, integrity and relationships in life. Also on hand will be P.M. Forni, author of Choosing Civility: The Twenty-five Rules for Considerate Conduct, the book on which the library's initiative is based.

The Choose Civility Symposium will be held Wednesday at Grace Community Church, 8200 Old Columbia Road, Fulton. The event begins with registration and breakfast from 8 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. Cummings and County Executive Ken Ulman will speak from 8:30 a.m. to 9 a.m.; Ehrmann will speak from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m., followed by book signing.

Breakout sessions on civility in the workplace, cyber-bullying, conflict resolution and civility in the neighborhood are scheduled from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Admission is free. Reservations are requested by 4 p.m. tomorrow. Information or to reserve a place: Carol Murray, 410-313-7762 or

Business financier holds fundraiser

j-ref, a small business financier in Howard County, will hold its fifth annual fundraiser celebrating entrepreneurship, "j-ref's Bipartisan Bash," from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Thursday in the Rouse Company Foundation Student Services Hall, Howard Community College, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia.

Tickets are $50, and include hors d'oeuvres, beer and wine, door prizes and a 50/50 raffle.

Reservations are required. Information: 410-313-6170 or

Meeting focuses on plan for Columbia

Transportation Advocates will meet with Columbia General Manager Greg Hamm and members of the General Growth Properties planning team to discuss the draft master plan for downtown Columbia.

The group, which is open to everyone, will meet at 7:45 a.m. Tuesday at the Bain Center, 5470 Ruth Keeton Way, Columbia. Coffee and refreshments will be available.

Information: Sharon Vogel, 410-992-1997 or www.columbia

Yard sale benefits animal advocacy

Animal Advocates of Howard County will hold its annual "PAWSitively Huge Yard Sale" from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in the Applications and Research Laboratory parking lot, 10920 Route 108, Ellicott City. The rain date is May 19.

Furniture, children's clothes, books, home decor and other items will be for sale. Baked goods and refreshments will be available to purchase.

Donations of gently used household items are welcome, and the donation is tax deductible. Information: 410-880-2488, ext. 3 or

Senior Day planned at Bain Center

The Coalition of Geriatric Services and the Howard County Office on Aging will present Senior Day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday 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.

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

Information: 410-997-0610 or

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