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New library resource available for grant-seekers

Nonprofit organizations and others seeking grants can access a new collection of resources at the Howard County Library, which has become a Cooperating Collection of the Foundation Center of New York, one of nine such institutions in Maryland.

To introduce the new resource, the library invites grant seekers and community leaders to attend an event from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. Tuesday at the central library, 10375 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia. Howard County Executive Ken Ulman will speak, and Janice Rosenberg of the Foundation Center will provide an overview and answer questions about the collection.

Two Foundation Center databases will be available from computers in the central library: The Foundation Directory Online surveys more than 92,000 foundations and their interests and grant-making histories; Foundation Grants to Individuals Online includes more than 6,500 foundation and public charity programs and allows users to locate individual research grants such as scholarships and fellowships. High school guidance counselors and students can use it to search for financial aid.

CA planning meeting

The Columbia Association Board Planning and Strategy Committee will hold a public meeting at 7 p.m. today at Columbia Association headquarters on additions and deletions to the conditional fiscal year 2010 budget.

The board encourages residents to attend.

The association headquarters is at 10221 Wincopin Circle. Information: 410-715-3104.

Fashion show benefit

Bra-La-La, Simply Divine Boutique, Hyatt & Co. and Ranazul will present the Maple Lawn Fashion Show, an event to benefit the Howard County Food Bank from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Ranazul, 8171 Maple Lawn Blvd., Fulton.

A $5 donation is requested. A portion of proceeds from purchases will be donated to the food bank. Those who bring a canned good will receive a free raffle ticket.

Information or reservations: 301-498-9666.

Donate cell phones

The Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks is collecting used cell phones in a program to raise money to benefit Howard County's Relay for Life.

The phones will be recycled for their precious metals or refurbished for use in developing countries. The program is also intended to help the county become more "green." Harmful materials such as lead or cadmium are released from cell phones as they break down in landfills.

Each donated phone is worth between $1 and $30 to the American Cancer Society, depending on the make and model.

Phones can be dropped off at the Department of Recreation and Parks, 7120 Oakland Mills Road, Columbia from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Information: 410-313-4625.

Targeting white-tail deer

The Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks has announced its fall and winter schedule for managing deer through sharpshooting. The program is intended to maintain a stable, balanced white-tail deer population on county lands where the managed hunt program is not feasible.

The sharpshooting program deploys trained personnel using accurate noise-suppressed rifles to shoot deer at night under a permit issued by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources. Properties will be closed to the public during the program, which will operate from 3 p.m. to midnight.

The sharpshooting hunt will be held at Alpha Ridge Landfill on Monday (during the managed hunt in the adjacent park dawn-11 a.m.) and Dec. 8 and March 9.

It will be held at Blandair Park on Feb. 23 and March 3; Worthington Park on Dec. 9, Jan. 27 and March 2; Gray Rock Open Space along the Little Patuxent River on Jan. 5, 12, 20 and 26; Rockburn Branch Park on Jan. 6 and 13, and Feb. 2; Timbers at Troy Golf Course on Feb. 3 and 9; and Hollifield Station/Daniel Mill Overlook Open Space on Feb. 10, 17 and 24.

A Deer Management Reference Manual is available to homeowners and gardeners at Howard County library branches. Information is also available at Page.htm. Or 410-313-1675.

A directory of resources

The Association of Community Services has published its new community resources directory, Looking for Answers? A Directory of Services. The free 2009 edition of the directory is available in schools, libraries, banks, community centers and elsewhere in Howard County.

The directory lists more than 140 Howard County public and private agencies, their services and contact information. It is available at ACS offices, 10480 Little Patuxent Parkway, Suite 920, Columbia, between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Information: 410-715-9545, or

Library seeks your history

The Howard County Library invites residents to be interviewed as part of the "This is Your Life" project from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 20 in the Administrative Offices Conference Room of the east Columbia library, 6600 Cradlerock Way, Columbia.

"This is Your Life" is a countywide initiative to encourage people ages 50 and older to record their personal histories, including memories of holiday seasons and past elections. The Columbia Archives will preserve the memories in its permanent collection.

Anyone who lives or works in Howard County is invited to call Lois Sanders (410-313-7791) to arrange an interview. Information about "This is Your Life": 410-313-7750, or

Thrift shop hours change

Charity's Closet, a women's thrift shop run by teenage girls, has changed its hours from Saturdays to Sundays, noon to 5 p.m.

All items are $5; jeans and jewelry are sold on a buy-one-get-one-free basis. Proceeds benefit Success in Style, which provides free business wardrobes to women in need who are seeking employment. The store is at 9090 Frederick Road, at St. Johns Lane, in Ellicott City. Information: 410-750-6475.

Scholarship nominations

The Columbia Association is seeking nominations for the Spirit of Columbia Scholarship Award, given each year to Columbia high school seniors who have shown dedication to community service. As many as six $2,500 scholarships will be awarded to graduating seniors who live on Columbia Association-assessed property or have a parent who works full time on such property.

Students must have at least a C average and a history of volunteer service. Applications are available at high schools, Columbia community centers and at Columbia Association headquarters. They can also be downloaded at The deadline is March 2.

Information: 410-715-3175.

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