Housing Is Topic

Of Public Meeting

The Association of Community Services of Howard County will meet from noon to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Owen Brown Interfaith Center, 7246 Cradlerock Way, Columbia.

Affordable housing, rezoning and designing housing to meet the needs of older residents will be discussed at the meeting, which is open to the public.

Speakers will include Roy Appletree, the recently appointed executive director of Foreign-born Information and Referral Network, Janie Scott of the Homes for Life Coalition and Marsha McLaughlin, acting director of the Howard County Department of Planning and Zoning.

Lunch, $7, can be reserved by calling 410-796-7824 by Monday. For more information, visit www.acshoco.org.

Lunch to Honor

Md. Centenarians

The Maryland Centenarians Committee of the state Department of Aging will host its 11th annual recognition luncheon at 11:30 a.m. May 8 at Martin's West in Baltimore County.

The lunch, a part of the statewide observance of Older Americans Month in May, will honor Maryland residents 100 and older. It costs $20 per person and is open to the public.

Reservations must be made by Tuesday. To attend or for more information, call 410-767-4170 or 800-243-3425.

Center Needs Teens

For Dance Production

The Columbia Teen Center is seeking high school students who are interested in performing in a dance during the Columbia Festival of the Arts in June.

The center is putting together a project under the direction of professional choreographers from Philadelphia that will incorporate hip-hop and other forms of artistic expression.

Dance experience is not required. Rehearsals are mandatory and will be 5 to 7 p.m. the first, second and third Tuesdays of each month until June at the center.

For more information, call Rene Buckmon at 410-992-3726.

Before, After-School

Care Programs Offered

Registration for the before and after-school programs sponsored by the Columbia Association is being accepted for the 2003-04 school year.

The programs provide a safe environment for elementary and middle school children from 7 a.m. until school begins and after school until 6 p.m.

Parents also can enroll children 5 to 12 in activities such as martial arts, golf, swimming, ice skating and tennis. Transportation to the programs will be provided.

The morning program is open to elementary students for $117 a month; the afternoon program is open to elementary and middle school students for $158 a month. There's a $30 monthly fee for middle school students who need transportation. Reduced rates are available, depending on income. Purchase of Care vouchers through the Maryland Department of Social Services are accepted.

For more information, call 410-715-3164 or e-mail sas@ columbiaassociation.com.

Brick Sales Party

Planned April 26

People who have purchased bricks along the walkway at the Columbia lakefront are invited to a brick party thrown by the Columbia Association at 10 a.m. April 26.

The association has conducted brick sales since the mid-1980s and most recently last summer. The new bricks, with purchasers' names, will be laid in front of the green pavilion across from Clyde's restaurant.

Bricks also have been laid near the People Tree statue at the lakefront.

For more information, contact Megan Monahan at 410-715-3171 or e-mail Megan.Monahan@columbiaassociation.com.