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Hospice holding a raffle

Tickets are available for a raffle sponsored by Gilchrist Hospice Care (formerly Hospice of Baltimore and Howard County) to win an Escape Hybrid, a Bullitt or a Mustang.

Proceeds will help fund Howard County hospice programs.

Tickets, which cost $25 or five for $100, are available online at or by calling 410-730-5072. The winning tickets will be drawn at the 23rd annual Taste & Auction event, to be held from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Oct. 19 at Turf Valley Resort in Ellicott City. The winner need not be present. Taste & Auction will feature foods provided by more than 20 county restaurants and caterers, and live and silent auctions. This year's event will have a carnival theme: "Step Right up for Hospice."

Gilchrist Hospice Care provides medical and nursing care, social work services, home health and volunteer assistance and spiritual grief counseling and support. Care is provided wherever a patient and family are most comfortable - at home, in a nursing or retirement community, or at the inpatient facility, Gilchrist Center for Hospice Care.

Grandparents as Parents to meet

Grandparents as Parents, a group for relatives raising children, will meet from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. today at the Bain Center, 5470 Ruth Keeton Way, Columbia.

Kelly Whorton, a behavioral specialist from the Howard County Office of Children's Services' CARE Center, will talk about "Challenging Childhood Behaviors" and answer questions.

Information: 410-381-4800.

Consulting firm to aid watershed

The Columbia Association has announced that Versar Inc., a consulting firm, will design and help implement a watershed restoration and stewardship plan to improve water quality and habitat in Columbia.

Versar is an environmental planning, engineering and remedial services firm that has performed watershed assessment and restoration planning for more than 30 years. Watershed investigations are to start next month.

Information: Sean Harbaugh, 410-312-6330, Ext. 2516.

Basketball program for boys and girls

The Columbia Ravens Basketball Program will hold boys and girls camps for players ages 8 to 15.

The camps, called Champions Camps, will be directed by high school coaches Scott Robinson and Pat Clatchey.

The girls camp will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 7-11; the boys camp will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 21-15.

The camps will be held at the Howard County YMCA. The cost is $225.


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.

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.

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.

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.

Information: 410-997-3557.

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