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Public forum scheduled on transit plan

The Howard County Public Transportation Board will hold a community meeting to hear about and discuss the draft five-year Transit Development Plan prepared by KFH Group, a consulting firm.

The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Tyson Room of the George Howard Building, 3430 Court House Drive, Ellicott City.

KFH and the county have held listening sessions with customers, community advocates, public agencies and employers to evaluate Howard Transit's institutional structure, routes, passenger demand and operations. Land usage, demographics, trip patterns, equipment and technology were also discussed.

Information: 410-313-2022.

Junior rangers program at park

Patapsco Valley State Park will sponsor a Maryland Junior Rangers Program for ages 8 to 13 at Patapsco Valley State Park and Soldiers Delight Natural Environmental Area.

Participants will take part in nature arts and crafts, hikes, nature games and other activities to learn about wildlife management, fish and insects, camping and first aid. Certificates, patches and awards are given. The programs will be held from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

The Soldiers Delight program will be held Tuesday, this week through July 22; a program will be held Wednesdays, this week through July 23 at the Orange Grove Area; and Thursdays, July 3-31 at the Hilton Area.

There is a nonrefundable service charge of $10 a child; $10 for each additional family member.

Information: 410-461-5005.

Make-A-Wish golf tomorrow

The 21st annual Make-A-Wish Golf Classic will be held tomorrow at Woodmont Country Club in Rockville. Registration and sponsorship information is available at www.midatlan or call 301-962-9474.

The Make-A-Wish Foundation of the Mid-Atlantic Inc. is a nonprofit organization that fulfills the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions,

Information or registration: 301-962-9474

Paddling, camping on the Patuxent

The Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay 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.

Information: 410-377-6270, or

Nonprofit returns to Wilde Lake

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 partnership with Howard County General Hospital, the organization also runs the Healthy Families Howard County program, which provides home visits, referrals and support groups for first-time parents and their children.

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

Gehry building photos on display

Photographs of the General Growth Properties building, designed by architect Frank Gehry and built in 1974 as headquarters of the Rouse Co., are on display at the Columbia Archives until Aug. 15.

They will be highlighted during the Columbia Festival of the Arts, being held through Saturday.

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

The Columbia Archives, on the ground floor of the American City Building, 10227 Wincopin Circle, is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays.

Information: 410-997-3557 or

4 county libraries to close Sundays

Four Howard County Library branches - the east Columbia, Elkridge, Glenwood and Savage branches - will be closed Sundays through Aug. 31.

The central library and the Miller branch will remain open on Sundays.

Information: 410-313-7890, or

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.

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