Helping Needy Students

Prepare for Success is collecting school supplies for its annual distribution to needy local students. The drive will take place between July 1 and Aug. 9.

Donations can be brought to boxes throughout the county. Locations will include Howard County government office buildings, county libraries, Columbia village centers and Columbia Association sites, the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, Magellan Health Services (5565 Sterrett Pl., Suite 500, Columbia), and Long and Foster's Clarksville office (12702 Route 108).

Supplies that are needed include: backpacks, eight- and 24-pack crayons, highlighters, zipper pouches, subject dividers, composition books, three-hole lined paper, erasable pens, No. 2 pencils, single-subject spiral notebooks, pink erasers, glue sticks, blunt scissors, red pens, folders, pencil boxes and 12-inch rulers.

Financial contributions can be mailed to Prepare for Success, 6800 Oakland Mills Rd., Columbia, Md. 21045. For more information, call Mike Clark at 410-309-9695.

Free Swims

Columbia residents who are not members of the Columbia Association can use any of the community's 23 outdoor pools for free July 10 and Aug. 14 as part of CA's "Second Sunday Swim" events. Residents must present a CA Resident Card, which can be obtained for free at the Welcome Center at CA headquarters, 10221 Wincopin Cir., Columbia. For more information, call 410-730-1802. Pool locations are available online at

A Benefit for Horses

The Days End Farm Horse Rescue's Spring Carnival will take place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the farm, 15856 Frederick Rd., Lisbon. Proceeds from the event will help support more than 50 horses, which visitors can see during the carnival. Pony rides, a petting zoo, face painting, games, food and music also will be part of the festivities. Admission is $5 per family or $2 for adults and $1 for each child younger than 12. Attendance is free for children 6 and younger. For more information, call 410-442-1564 or visit