The Elkridge Volunteer Fire Department will hold a blood drive on Thursday, June 27, 3 to 8 p.m., in the fire hall at 6275 Old Washington Road.

According to the American Red Cross, 60 percent of the U.S. population is eligible to donate; however, only 5 percent do on a yearly basis.


Blood supplies are extremely low, so please consider donating.

Guidelines state that if you are healthy; between the ages of 17 and 65; and weigh at least 110 pounds, you can most likely donate blood. Walk-ins are welcome; for an appointment, call Julie Casey at 410-984-2170.

Also in Fire Department news, the Elkridge Junior Firefighters will host a Quarter Auction and Vendor Show, Saturday, June 29; doors open at 6:15 p.m. and event begins at 7. The auction will be held at the fire hall.

Tickets are $15 at the door, and include a $10 roll of quarters, two bidding paddles and a free ticket for the VIP drawing.

Remember to bring your bidding money in quarters, and come ready to have a great time! There will be plenty of opportunities to win door prizes, and food will be available for purchase.

For more information, or to purchase tickets in advance, contact Cheryl Barnett at 410-371-6883 or cadetleader@yahoo.com.

Elkridge resident Gloria Larkin, president of TargetGov, recently took part in the Women in the World Economy Forum 2013-Power Shift: Women Changing the Game hosted by the University of Oxford Said Business School in the United Kingdom.

Women entrepreneurs are making great strides and a have a strong, positive impact on the global economy. Selected speakers and participants for the forum included global innovators, experts who study female entrepreneurs, policy activists, philanthropists, universities and authors.

Larkin also serves as vice chairwoman of the Women Impacting Public Policy Educational Foundation board, which represents over 1 million U.S. business women and advocates for women in business in the legislative processes, creates economic opportunities, and builds bridges and alliances to other small business organizations.

She has been interviewed on MSNBC, quoted in the Wall Street Journal, Forbes and TheStreet.com. Larkin has published numerous articles regarding federal business development in local, regional, national and international publications.

She is also the author of two books, "The Basic Guide To Government Contracting" and "The Veterans Business Guide: How to Build a Successful Government Contracting Business." now in the fourth printing. Larkin is a longtime resident of Elkridge, and, along with her husband, plays an active role in preserving historic Lawyers Hill.

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