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Wildlife stewardship training offered

The Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks, in cooperation with the National Wildlife Federation, will offer Habitat Stewards Training to adult volunteers interested in helping others create and restore wildlife habitats in backyards, schoolyards, and other private and public areas.

The training, which includes topics such as butterfly and water gardens, will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. March 17 and 19, and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 21. Participants, who will act as resource people for their neighbors, must attend all the classes. The cost is $45.

The deadline to register is Friday. Information: Brenda Belensky, 410-313-4724.

Blood donations

The Greater Chesapeake and Potomac Region of the American Red Cross is requesting blood donations. Prospective donors have canceled appointments because of the winter weather, leaving the blood supply, which must be replenished daily, at risk.

Eligible donors are asked to call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE to schedule an appointment; platelet donors should call 1-800-272-2123.

Community gardening

The Howard County Economic Development Authority's Agricultural Marketing Program has announced that the Howard County Conservancy will break ground for a community garden this spring.

The conservancy's 63 garden plots are available to rent for $40. The plots are 20 feet by 25 feet.

A pollinator garden will attract beneficial insects and wildlife. Deer fencing, water and compost bins will be provided. Gardens are to be pesticide-free, and Bay Wise gardening techniques will be encouraged. Workshops and lectures will be held.

To participate, call 410-465-8877 or e-mail garden manager Rita Hamlet at

Food bank volunteers

The Howard County Food bank is seeking donations, volunteers and members of the community or organizations willing to hold food drives. To volunteer: Deepak Chadha, 410-313-6440.

Those in need of assistance can call the Community Action Council, 410-313-6440.

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