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Relay for Life set for June 6

Howard County's Relay for Life, an annual event that honors cancer survivors and raises money for the American Cancer Society, will be held June 6 and 7 at Hammond High School in Columbia.

This year's theme is "Celebrate. Remember. Fight Back."

Teams collect pledges, camp out and take turns walking or running around the track all night. Opening ceremonies start at 6:30 p.m. June 6, followed by a Survivors' Lap, when cancer survivors walk around the track, cheered by families and friends. Children to age 14 participate in a Kids' Walk from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. June 6; those who raise at least $35 will receive a relay T-shirt.

Candles in sand-filled paper bags are lit to honor survivors and those who died of cancer in a Luminary Ceremony that begins at dusk.

A silent auction is planned for June 6, and Melissa Simmens, a Columbia marathon runner, will run for 12 consecutive hours and speak at a Fight Back Closing Ceremony at 7:30 a.m. June 7.

A new Extreme Relayer Club encourages its members to commit to run for 20 minutes each hour and raise at least $500. This year's relay will also add "themed laps" through the night: an Island Beach Party (dress for the beach and participate in games) from midnight to 1 a.m.; Let's Beat Cancer Fiesta Party from 1 a.m. to 2 a.m.; Pajama Party (wear pajamas and watch movies) from 2 a.m. to 4 a.m.; and Remembrance, when participants are invited to bring banners, signs and pictures, from 4 a.m. to 6 a.m. "Fight Back Super Hero" laps are to start at 6 a.m.

During its first 12 years, the event has raised more than $3 million for the American Cancer Society.

Information: Meaghan Kordusky, 410-313-6592 or visit

Day-long conference for retirees Saturday

"Choose Your future: The Best is Yet to Be," a day-long conference for retired people and those considering retirement, will examine options and opportunities to remain active and challenged.

The conference, to be held from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, is sponsored by SPRING (Senior Peer Resources: Individuals, Networks & Groups.)

Phyllis Madachy, Howard County deputy chief administrative officer and former administrator for the Office on Aging, will speak. Morning and afternoon sessions include "Portals to Community Involvement," "Creating Your Own Possibilities," Eliminating the 'Shoulds,'" and "Tools to Recapture the Dreams of Earlier Life."

There is a small fee. Please register by Tuesday. Information: Elaine Widom, 410-313-7283.

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 tomorrow. Library branches will also be closed today.

There will be no recycling or trash service tomorrow. 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.

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

Trips to focus on 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

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: 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.

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.

Information: 800-270-9553, or

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