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Animal Advocates invite you on a fundraiser walk [Ellicott City]

Calling all animal lovers. The 14th annual Walk for Paws and Pet Festival is Saturday, Sept. 27, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Lake Elkhorn in Columbia (rain or shine).

Sponsored by Animal Advocates of Howard County, the event raises funds to end the needless killing of adoptable animals in the metropolitan area.

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The Ellicott City nonprofit, all-volunteer organization rescues high-risk animals with medical needs or those considered less adoptable into the safety of their rescue program where they are given medical attention and then placed for adoption.

In addition, Animal Advocates conduct prevention programs via their Spay and Neuter program for needy residents and humane education program that teaches school children about animal compassion and responsibility.

Individual walkers and groups can register by mail or online for Walk for Paws.  The online registration allows walkers to build a free, personal fundraising page with photos and target goals to send to family and friends. While you don't need a pet to participate in the walk, dogs who do participate must have current rabies vaccine and be on kept on close leash (no Flexi-Leads).

Open to Walk for Paws participants as well as the general public, the Pet Festival will feature special guest Cooper, a 4- to 6-year-old American Foxhound mix, and his shelter friends who are looking for "Fur-ever" homes.

In addition to contests, games and raffles, the Festival will also feature "Ask the Trainer" courtesy of the Coventry School, unique merchandise and gift items for sale, $20 microchipping and a dog agility course. Don't miss the animal communicator,  pet massage, caricaturists, pet photographer, kid's table and more.

To register or for more information about the Walk and Pet Festival, call 410-880-2488 extension 3 or go to http://www.animal-advocates.org

Have you wondered about the construction projects on Frederick Road adjacent to the Miller Branch Library?

The old "Miller Branch" library building in front of the senior center is being remodeled to become the new Howard County Library's Administrative Branch, according to Victoria Goodman, library publicity specialist.

The redesigned building will enable the Howard County Library System to consolidate all administrative staff members into one location. Currently, administrative staff work out of two locations — the Central and East Columbia branches. Work on the Administrative Branch is slated to be completed in late 2014 or early 2015.

The other construction project is the new Lutheran Village at Miller's Grant, a 50-acre senior living community of apartments, single-family and duplex homes with resort-style dining, fitness and health and recreation amenities.

Learn more about Lutheran Village at a community meeting 6 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 14, at First Lutheran Church, 3604 Chatham Road, in Ellicott City.  The  meeting will include a presentation by representatives from Lutheran Village, its sponsor  Carroll Lutheran Village and construction partners Harkins Builders and Williamsburg Homes.  To RSVP for the event, contact Marla at 443-605-2005 or mmontemarano@clvillage.org. For more information about Lutheran Village, go to http://www.millersgrant.org.

Looking for something fun to do with your elementary and middle school children when Howard County public school's are closed on Friday, Sept. 12?

Check out Howard County Public Library's free family movie, "The Lego Movie" (PG), 2 p.m., at Miller LIbrary.  No registration is required. The Library's family movie series continues with "The Jungle Book" (1967) (G) on Thursday, Oct. 2, at 6:30 p.m., and "An American Tail" (G) on Thursday, Nov. 13, at 6:30 p.m.  For more information, call 410-313-1950 or go to http://www.hclibrary.org.

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