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Thursday, March 24, 2005; Page HO20

Center Groundbreaking

A groundbreaking for a community center at Western Regional Park in Glenwood was scheduled for yesterday with County Executive James N. Robey (D), County Council members and other representatives from the county's Citizen Services and Recreation and Parks departments.

The Glenwood Community Center, next to the Glenwood Library on Route 97, will serve a growing population of all ages. The center is likely to include large activity rooms and classrooms for fine arts and crafts, continuing education, lifelong learning, computer training, dance, exercise and meetings.

Plans also include a gymnasium with a three-lane jogging/walking track, basketball and volleyball courts and locker rooms.

Tour for Newcomers

A bus tour of Columbia will take place between 9 and 11 a.m. Saturday as part of the Columbia Association's welcome initiative, designed to introduce new residents to the area.

The tour, which is open to all Columbia residents, includes such places as post offices and community centers and an overview of Columbia's history.

The tour will leave from association headquarters, 10221 Wincopin Cir., and includes a free breakfast.

Reservations are required. For more information, call Megan Monahan at 410-715-3171.

Library Holiday Closings

All branches of the Howard County Library will be closed tomorrow for Good Friday and Sunday for Easter.

Support Group to Begin

The STTAR Center, which provides support to victims of sexual and physical abuse, will begin a substance abuse and trauma support group.

The group will meet from noon to 1 p.m. Mondays, starting April 11. It's free to women who live and work in Howard County and will be led by Mary Ellen Merrick, a faculty member of Loyola College's Pastoral Counseling Program.

For more information or an interview, call 410-290-6432.

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