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Todd Allen named executive of year

Todd Allen, Howard County human resources administrator, was named the "Jack Foster Executive of the Year" at the Local Government Personnel Association Professional Conference and Awards Luncheon held Nov. 6 in Washington.

Allen was selected based on his outstanding performance and for his leadership in addressing the challenges faced by county employees during the past 18 months. In addition, Randy Zamzow and Kathy Burk were nominated for the "Personnel Team."

Clothing drive at teen center

The Columbia Teen Center Teen Outreach Committee is sponsoring a clothing drive to benefit local families. Donations of clothes for all ages and sizes can be dropped off at the center, 5853 Robert Oliver Place in Columbia by Nov. 30. Teens will sort the clothes and deliver them to families in January.

Call 410-992-3726 for more information.

Food drive

Weichert Realtors, 9339 Baltimore National Pike in Ellicott City is an official drop-off location for donations to the Maryland Food Bank taking place through Dec. 10. Most needed items are canned meat, peanut butter, pasta, canned or dried fruits, canned soup and vegetables, sauces/salad dressing, evaporated and powdered milk, infant formula, pudding and custard, oatmeal and breakfast cereals, rice, nuts, seeds and canned or dried beans.

For more information or a pickup, call 410-465-8300.

Anniversary celebration

The Howard County NAACP Youth Council will host a reception celebrating the 100th anniversary of the NAACP from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Dec. 7 at the Ridgelys Run Community Center, 8400 Mission Road in Jessup.

Free event will recognize several Howard County individuals and organizations that have supported the youth council.

Call 443-280-1935 for more information.

Call for artists

The Columbia Association Art Center invites artists to participate in "Singular Sensations," a holiday exhibition featuring artwork in all media priced for sale at $150 or less. Show runs Dec. 3-13 at 6100 Foreland Garth. Exhibition will feature pottery, fiber, jewelry, paintings, photographs, collage, glass and more. Reception will be held Dec. 3. Artists receive 80 percent commission on all sales. Deadline for entry form and artwork is today.

Call 410-730-0075 or go to columbiaartcenter.org for entry form and more information.

Holocaust survivors

The Jewish Federation of Howard County has received a grant from the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany.

County residents who are Holocaust survivors and have a limited income might qualify for a grant to obtain medical care, shelter, food and clothing.

Call 410-730-4976, ext. 120, for more information.

Toy drive

Long & Foster's Columbia office announces its annual toy drive to benefit the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves' Toys for Tots Campaign. Items may be dropped off daily between 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 10805 Hickory Ridge Road in Columbia before Dec. 18.

Call 410-715-2748 for more information.

Recycling cans

Habitat for Humanity has placed a collection bin for aluminum cans on the west side of Columbia at the entrance to the parking lot of Christ Memorial Presbyterian Church, 6410 Amherst Ave. in Allview Estates.

This is a joint project with Boy Scouts of America and all proceeds benefit habitat projects.

Call 410-461-4150 or 410-960-2700.

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