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Scouts to place flags at graves

In observance of Memorial Day, Scouts from the Baltimore Area Council will place flags at each grave site at three veterans' cemeteries at 6:30 p.m. today. Cub Scout Pack 361 of Ellicott City will be one of many units placing flags at the Baltimore National Veterans Cemetery in Catonsville. Flags will also be placed in Garrison Forest Veterans Cemetery in Owings Mills and Loudon Park National Cemetery in Baltimore.

The colors will be presented in a ceremony planned after the Ellicott City Scouts, who are elementary school age, place their flags in front of each grave stone.

Information: 443-573-2517.

Closings listed for the holiday

Howard County government offices, courts, the animal shelter, library branches and the landfill will be closed in observance of the Memorial Day holiday Monday. Library branches will also be closed Sunday.

There will be no recycling or trash service Monday. Trash will be collected Tuesday for Monday and Tuesday routes; recycling for Monday routes will be collected June 2. Parking regulations and fees will remain in effect.

The 911 center, police and fire departments are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. For emergencies: 911. For nonemergencies: 410-313-2200.

Benefit concert being held today

Chipapalooza, a nonprofit charitable organization founded in 2005 by three friends (Chip Hiden, Patrick Gibson and Christopher Trenner) will sponsor a benefit concert for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation at 6 p.m. today at the county Fairgrounds in West Friendship.

Performers include Jimmie's Chicken Shack, an alternative rock band from Annapolis, The Big Picture, and Fire in the Hole.

Chipapalooza began in Hiden's backyard with musicians from Reservoir High School and elsewhere. Hiden was diagnosed with juvenile diabetes at age 16.

Information: chipapalooza.com.

Bingo for Autism fundraiser set

The Avery Center, a not-for-profit therapeutic child care facility for autistic children, will hold a Bingo for Autism fundraiser tomorrow at the Sykesville Freedom Fire Department Hall.

Funds raised will help develop the center, which plans to incorporate speech and language therapy, social skills development and occupational therapy into a traditional child care setting.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m.; bingo begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 in advance; $18 at the door.

Information or to purchase tickets: 301-829-8195.

Club to meet June 7 at store

The Dangerous Boys Club, which also welcomes girls, will meet at 2 p.m. June 7 (not June 2, as previously announced) at Barnes & Noble Booksellers in Long Gate Shopping Center in Ellicott City. The club features hands-on activities based on The Dangerous Book for Boys by Conn and Hal Iggulden.

This month's theme is "Nature and Exploring." Participants can learn how to identify insects and will create a dinosaur model.

The Dangerous Book for Boys covers skills such as building tree houses, learning to fish, finding true north, knot-tying, stone-skimming and stories about extraordinary courage. The club provides an opportunity for parent-child activities.

Information: Amber Stubblefield, 410-203-9006.

Teen movie night to be held today

The Glenwood Community Center, 2400 Route 97, Cooksville, will offer a "Movie Under the Stars," an event for teens, from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. today. The movie will be Fantastic Four: The Silver Surfer. Light refreshments will be available.

Information: 410-313-4840.

Trips to highlight river, bay roles

The Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay is planning its weeklong bay and river sojourns, beginning June 15 with a kayaking trip on the Susquehanna River and a June 19 trip on the Patuxent River. Registration is open for both trips, and beginners are welcome.

The trips will highlight the importance of the two rivers to the health of the Chesapeake Bay, the nation's richest estuary, and encourage residents to take an active role in environmental education and advocacy. The trips include historical tours, discussions of Native American heritage, visits to museums and environmental film night. Participants will be able to speak with residents along the riverbanks, business owners and elected officials.

Participants can choose canoeing, camping and other activities for one day or a full week. The cost is $60 a day for adults; $30 a day for children.

The organization will offer its first Patuxent Teen Paddle, an educational four-day paddling and camping trip on the Patuxent River that includes work on restoration projects and on-river and evening programs on historical, cultural and ecological topics. The trip, which is open only to youth groups, begins July 29 and costs $50 a day. Tents and gear are not included.

Information: 410-377-6270, or www.acb-online.org.

Commission seeks award nominations

The Howard County Commission on Disability Issues is accepting nominations for its 2008 awards program. Awards are given annually to recognize outstanding efforts to advance participation in community life for all citizens. The deadline to submit nominations is July 31.

Nominees can be employers, service providers and those promoting access through universal design and community inclusion. Awards for individual achievement are given to adults, youths and educators.

Information or to download a nomination form: www.howardcountymd.gov/DS/ and click on the link to the nomination form. Or call 410-313-6402 to request a form.

Completed forms should be sent to Howard County Commission on Disability Issues, 6751 Columbia Gateway Drive, Suite 300, Columbia 21046, or faxed to 410-313-6424.

Second bus planned for seniors' trips

Howard County Executive Ken Ulman has announced that a second bus will be added to the HT Ride Baltimore City Shuttle for medical trips.

Demand has increased for the curb-to-curb transportation service for seniors and people with disabilities in Howard County; the second bus is expected to provide greater access to patrons and reduce travel time.

Until now, the county has provided one vehicle Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays for medical trips to and from Baltimore, sometimes starting at 6:30 a.m. There are two morning trips to Baltimore and two afternoon return trips to Howard County.

The county was awarded a Federal Transit Administration grant this year that will be used to purchase a vehicle and add service Tuesdays and Thursdays. The expanded service is expected to begin in late summer.

Information: 800-270-9553, or www.howardtransit.com.

Nominees sought for county awards

The Community Action Council of Howard County MD Inc. is seeking nominations for awards for county residents and organizations for their community service.

One person will be recognized with the Rev. John W. Holland Humanitarian Award, and two organizations will receive community service awards. The honors recognize service to the needy in the county, following the example of the Rev. John Holland, who was on the council's board for 17 years.

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

Nominations must be submitted by June 3. The winners will receive their awards at CAC's 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

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