Photos depict Gehry design in Columbia
Photographs of the General Growth Properties building, designed by architect Frank Gehry and built in 1974 as headquarters of the Rouse Co., will be on display at the Columbia Archives until Aug. 15 and will be highlighted during the Columbia Festival of the Arts, to be held Friday to June 28.
Photographer Gary Kubicek, who took the photographs in different seasons and at different times of day, will discuss "Views of a Vision" and his interest in the building. The photographs reflect the vision that Gehry shared with Columbia's founder, James W. Rouse.
The Columbia Archives will be open from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. The archives, on the ground floor of the American City Building, 10227 Wincopin Circle, is usually open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Barbara Kellner, the achives' manager, will offer a new walking tour to explore the history of Columbia's Town Center at 6 p.m. tomorrow, starting at the Columbia Archives.
Kellner's new book, Oh, You Must Live in Columbia: The Origins of Place Names in Columbia, Maryland, will be available at the Columbia Festival of the Arts.
Kellner and co-authors Missy Burke and Robin Emrich will talk about the unexpected sources they encountered in writing the book, and they will sign books from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Columbia Lakefront. Books will also be available at the Columbia Archives from 12:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.
Foundation to host 'Take Steps Walk'
A regional chapter of the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation, based in Columbia, will participate in the national organization's campaign to raise awareness of the disease and fund research by sponsoring a "Take Steps Walk" from 4 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Western Regional Park at Carrs Mill Road and Route 97, Cooksville.
Registration starts at 4 p.m. The walk, preceded by a warm-up session, begins at 5 p.m. The event is to include carnival games, a Moon Bounce, entertainment by singer-songwriter Barry Louis Polisar, the Kangaroo Kids precision jump-rope team, the Dean of Magic, and the Starvation Army Band. Information on health and an advocacy tent will be available.
Food will be for sale.
Admission is free.
There is a nominal charge to participate in the games.
Shop to benefit Success in Style
Charity's Closet, a new thrift shop for women to benefit Success in Style, will open its doors from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. The first 25 guests will receive a coffee mug.
The new shop is at 9090 Frederick Road, at St. Johns Lane, Ellicott City. (The entrance is on the side of the building facing Southern States.)
In an effort to help young women understand fashion and philanthropy and to raise funds for Success in Style, the shop will be run by volunteer teenage girls. All items will be sold for $5.
Donations of stylish women's clothing in good condition will be accepted during store hours.
Business attire and suits will be donated to Success in Style; casual and dressy items will be sold at Charity's Closet.
Success in Style provides free business wardrobes and coaching to disadvantaged women seeking employment.
Information or to volunteer: 410-750-6475.
Four county libraries to be closed Sundays
Four Howard County Library branches will be closed Sundays through Aug. 31.
The east Columbia, Elkridge, Glenwood and Savage branches are closed Sundays. Remaining open year-round (except Aug. 31) are the central library and Miller branch library.
Information: 410-313-7890, or www.hclibrary.org.
Membership help available for pools
Financial assistance is available to qualified families for summer membership in Columbia Association's outdoor pools.
In partnership with the family of the late Ann Scherr, the Columbia Foundation has established a fund offering grants to individuals and families qualified to pay the reduced rates offered by the Columbia Association.
Families are eligible for the Ann Scherr Fund if their income is 50 percent less than the association's reduced-income guidelines. An individual must earn less than $21,525 to qualify for the grant; $23,035 for a person 65 or older and disabled. A family of two can earn $24,600; a family of four, $30,750.
Information or to apply: 410-730-1801.
Trips to focus on river, bay roles
The Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay is planning its weeklong bay and river sojourns, beginning Sunday 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 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 residents. 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.