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Nonprofit returns to Wilde Lake building

Family and Children's Services of Central Maryland has returned to its facility in the Village of Wilde Lake after a four-month absence while its building was being renovated. In January, the staff of the nonprofit organization moved to the basement of the Rose Price House, the building next to Oakland Manor in Town Center.

Renovations to the Wilde Lake building, which 40 years ago served as Howard County Library's first Columbia branch, included a new sprinkler system, new acoustical ceiling tiles, new carpeting, paint and windows.

Family and Children's Services provides counseling services, employee-assistance programs and in-home services for older adults and those with disabilities.

In addition to its Wilde Lake offices, Family and Children's Services has offices in the North Laurel-Savage Multiservice Center in the Whiskey Bottom Shopping Center in North Laurel.

Information: 410-997-3557 or visit

Group to discuss effects of state budget

The Association of Community Services will discuss the state budget and its impact on human services in a two-part meeting to be held Wednesday at The Meeting House, 5885 Robert Oliver Place in the Columbia village of Oakland Mills.

Neil L. Bergsman of the Maryland Budget and Tax Policy Institute will speak about "The Return of the Structural Deficit" from 10:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. Members of the Howard County delegation to the General Assembly will discuss the coming session at noon.

Admission is free. Lunch, which costs $7, must be ordered by tomorrow at form should be faxed to 410-715-9546 or e-mailed to

Information: 410-715-9545.

GGP photos displayed until Aug. 15

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 this weekend through June 28.

The photographs reflect the vision that Gehry shared with Columbia's founder, James W. Rouse.

The Columbia Archives will be open from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. today. 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.

Information: 410-715-3103.

Charity's Closet to be open Saturdays

Charity's Closet, a new thrift shop for women to benefit Success in Style, will be open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays 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.

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