Transportation Meeting

Maryland Transportation Department officials, including Secretary Robert L. Flanagan, will discuss upcoming and ongoing transportation projects at 7 tonight. The meeting will take place at the Banneker Hearing Room, George Howard Building, 3430 Courthouse Dr., Ellicott City. Every fall, the state department presents its six-year capital program to local officials and residents for review and comment. It then prepares a report for the Maryland General Assembly, which convenes in January.

Apollo Astronaut to Speak

Fred Haise, one of the three astronauts aboard the Apollo 13 moon shot, will speak at a luncheon Tuesday at Howard Community College. Haise is expected to talk about the ill-fated mission, in which a spacecraft explosion forced the crew to abandon its moon landing and race back to Earth before the air and water supply ran out. The mission became the subject of a popular movie by the same name in which Haise was played by Bill Paxton.

The Apollo 13 mission took place in 1970, the same year HCC was preparing to enroll students for its first semester. The luncheon is part of HCC's 35th anniversary celebration.

The luncheon will be held from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the Kittleman Room of the Instructional Lab Building, HCC, 10901 Little Patuxent Pkwy., Columbia. The cost is $35 for the public. Call 410-772-4147 for reservations.

Readiness Workshop

As part of Howard County's Community Readiness Week, volunteers will hold a Neighbor to Neighbor Workshop at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Historic Oakland, 5430 Vantage Point Rd., Columbia. The workshops are designed to help families and neighborhoods develop plans in case of a local or regional disaster or emergency.

The county's Community Emergency Response Network will teach families how to "shelter in place," or stay in their residences, during an emergency without assistance from local government or emergency personnel. Registration for the workshop is encouraged. Call the Town Center Community Association at 410-730-4744 or e-mail

Honoring Black Students

The Council of Elders of the Black Community of Howard County, in partnership with the county school system, is hosting a series of ceremonies to honor black students who scored at the advanced level on the 2005 Maryland School Assessments. The nearly 1,200 students who will be honored represent 23 percent of those who took the tests in reading and mathematics in grades 3-8 and grade 10.

The ceremonies will be held at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday and Nov. 9 and 16 at Oakland Mills High School auditorium, 9410 Kilimanjaro Rd., Columbia.