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Christmas, New Year's closings listed

County government offices, courts, animal shelter, library branches and the landfill will be closed for Christmas Day, Dec. 25, and for New Year's Day, Jan. 1. Libraries will also be closed Dec. 24 and will close at 5 p.m. Dec. 31. The landfill will close two hours early on Christmas Eve.

There will be no trash or recycling pickup on either holiday. Households scheduled for Thursday pickup for trash or recycling will have next-day pickup Dec. 26 and Jan. 2.

Parking meters are free on Christmas Day and New Year's Day. Howard Transit buses will not run on Christmas Day and New Year's Day.

Group needs volunteers

The Volunteer Center serving Howard County, in cooperation with the Community Emergency Response Network, is recruiting and referring community members to local nonprofit and government agencies that need volunteers for disaster preparedness and recovery.

There will be a volunteer orientation from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Jan. 7. Volunteer mobilization center training is set for 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Jan. 26. Both events will be held at the center, 10221 Wincopin Circle, Columbia.

Registration is required: 410-715-3179, or

Spanish speakers sought

FIRN, 5999 Harpers Farm Road, Suite 200-E, Columbia, is in need of Spanish-speaking volunteers to assist with client intake. Intake associates are responsible for greeting clients and answering telephone calls. They answer basic questions, make appointments and support staff members in the intake process.

Hours are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. or 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday or Friday. Other times may be considered.

Information: 410-992-1923, Ext. 14.

Lecture on communication

Howard Community College's "Woman to Woman" lecture series is to begin at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 11 in Monteabaro Hall in the Horowitz Visual and Performing Arts Center. International speaker Sara Esther Crispe will discuss the five levels of communication according to Kabbalah in a talk titled, "Did you Hear What I Meant to Say?: The Art of Successful Communication."

A dessert reception will follow. This event is open to the public with a suggested donation of $10. This program is sponsored by N'Shei Chabad, the HCC Jewish Student Union and the Jewish Federation of Howard County.

Information or directions: Chanie Baron, 410-740-2424, or

Holiday Giving Trees

Success In Style's Holiday Giving Trees will be displayed through Dec. 30, hosted by the Daily Grind and the Simply Divine Boutique, both of Maple Lawn in Fulton.

Each store hosting the SIS Holiday Giving Tree is promoting the SIS mission as well as offering incentives to visit. The Daily Grind is giving away a free latte to each customer who donates a new pair of pantyhose. The Simply Divine Boutique is offering a key chain and a value coupon to the boutique with any cash donation to Success In Style of $5 or more.

Information contact 410-750-6475, or visit

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