Forum on Western Howard

A panel discussion involving state and county officials and landowners about efforts to preserve farmland in western Howard County will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday. The forum, sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Howard County, will be in the Banneker Room at the George Howard Building, 3430 Court House Dr. in Ellicott City. It will be broadcast live on G-TV Channel 70 and later rebroadcast, said league member Grace Kubofcik.

Among the panel members will be Marsha McLaughlin, director of the Howard County Department of Planning and Zoning, and James Conrad, executive director of the Maryland Agriculture Land Preservation Foundation.

The forum will focus on the county's efforts to preserve farmland and the benefits and costs of the initiatives. The discussion, which will be moderated by a league member, will include time for questions from the audience.

Police Race and Walk

The Howard County Police Department will host the 14th annual Police Pace at 9 a.m. Sunday at Centennial Park, Route 108, Columbia. Part of the proceeds will aid the Hurricane Katrina relief effort, and some will benefit other charitable initiatives, including a college scholarship program to honor officers who died in the line of duty. Participants in the 5K race and one-mile walk/run can register at Registration is $20 for individuals and $35 for families.

HCC Master Plan Meeting

A community meeting will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday at Howard Community College to discuss the proposed master plan for the next decade at the Columbia campus. The meeting will be in the Kittleman Room of the Instructional Lab Building, 10901 Little Patuxent Pkwy., Columbia. For more information, call 410-772-4147.

Farm-City Celebration

County Executive James N. Robey (D) will help open the second annual Farm-City Celebration on Saturday. The event will be held at the University of Maryland's Central Maryland Research and Education Center, 4240 Folly Quarter Rd. A free bus tour of Howard farms will begin at 9:30 a.m., and an open house will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Reservations are required for the bus tour and can be made by calling 410-531-3211.

The 16-day event highlights the interdependence of urban and rural populations. For more information, visit or call 410-313-6500.