Disaster Readiness

The Community Emergency Response Network is conducting a meeting about helping the community in case of a disaster.

Interested people will be referred to local nonprofit and government agencies that would need volunteers for disaster preparedness and recovery.

A meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Dec. 15 at the Volunteer Center Serving Howard County, 10221 Wincopin Cir., Columbia. Registration is required.

For more information, call 410-715-3179 or e-mail Pam Simonson at pam@volunteerhoward.org.

Chat With Robey

The Association of Community Services will hold a "conversation" with Howard County Executive James N. Robey (D) from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. Dec. 6 at the Meeting House in Oakland Mills Village Center, 5885 Robert Oliver Pl., Columbia.

The discussion will focus on housing, transportation, health, mental health and access to services. For more information, call 410-796-7824 or visit www.acshoco.org.

Money Management

This week, Baltimore Ravens kicker Matt Stover was scheduled to meet with students at Atholton High School in Columbia to talk about sound money management.

The session, part of a 17-city educational effort between Visa and the National Football League, uses the rules of football in an animated computer game called Financial Football. The free program can be accessed at www.practicalmoneyskills.com/english/at_school/ff/.

Katrina Discount

The Homestyles boutique in Ellicott City is offering a 15 percent discount, through Dec. 24, on purchases for anyone who donates new toys or nonperishable food to the victims of Hurricane Katrina.

Homestyles will send the items to St. Patrick's Episcopal Church in Long Beach, Miss.

Homestyles -- a group of antique shops at St. John's Lane and Route 144 (Frederick Road) in Ellicott City -- is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.