NAACP sponsors voter campaign

The Howard County NAACP Youth Council is sponsoring an "Adopt-a-Block Program," focused on a get-out-the-vote campaign for young voters, this year.

A "jump off" block party, the program's first event, will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Guilford Gardens, 7333 Oakland Mills Road, Columbia. Food, entertainment, games, music prizes and an open microphone are planned. Admission is free.

A candidates forum is planned for July 22, and a health fair is scheduled for Aug. 26. Programs are also planned on education and economic empowerment.

Information: Bessie Bordenave, 301-490-7059.

Deadline to change affiliation is nearing

The deadline to change political party affiliation before the gubernatorial primary election is 9 p.m. tomorrow.

There is an exception for any registered voter who has moved from one Maryland jurisdiction to another since the last general election, Nov. 7, 2004. These voters can change party affiliation until the registration books close at 9 p.m. Aug. 22, the deadline to register to vote.

The 2006 gubernatorial primary will be Sept. 12; general Election Day is Nov. 7.

Information: 800-222-VOTE or

Group to discuss slave quarters plan

The Columbia Association's Woodlawn Slave Quarters Preservation Task Force will meet at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the association's headquarters, 10221 Wincopin Circle, Columbia Town Center.

The task force is to recommend a plan for the slave quarters and the site. The meeting is open to the public.

Information: 410-715-3103.

Library board to meet Wednesday

The Howard County Public Library's board of trustees will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the meeting room of the Elkridge branch library, 6540 Washington Blvd., Elkridge.

Information: 410-313-7750.

Golf classic to raise money for hospital

The 28th annual St. Agnes Foundation/Crothall Healthcare Golf Classic will be held tomorrow at Turf Valley and Waverly Woods golf courses.

The event, to benefit St. Agnes Hospital, features golf contests, silent and live auctions and door prizes. An awards ceremony and reception are planned. Tee-off is at 8:30 a.m. at Waverly Woods; 9 a.m. at Turf Valley. Registration starts 1 hour and 15 minutes before tee-off.

Registration fees start at $275. Information: 410-368- 2734 or

Candidates forums set in Columbia

The Association of Community Services will hold the second and third of its series of its candidate forums from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. June 28 and July 12 at the Oakland Mills Interfaith Center, 5885 Robert Oliver Place, Columbia.

Candidates for the Howard County state delegation will speak June 28. Candidates for school board will speak July 12.

Information: www.acsho (click "Public Policy").

Vendors sought for 50+ Expo

Vendors are being sought for the 50+ Expo, to be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 20 at Wilde Lake High School in Columbia.

Fees vary and are based on exhibitor category and location at the expo, which is designed for people age 50 and older and their families, caregivers and friends. The expo will feature a health fair, health screenings, an alternative care fair, an "Ask the Experts" series, workshops, demonstrations, an auction, entertainment and food.

Information or to reserve a space: 410-531-5472. To download a vendor packet:

Sessions to focus on seniors' needs

The Columbia Association's Senior Advisory Committee is organizing focus groups to discuss the needs of Columbia's elderly community. Participants will be asked about programs and services they would like to have and which of the association's programs and facilities they use the most.

The groups are open to people who live or work on Columbia Association-assessed property. Sessions last 1 1/2 hours and are limited to 12 participants.

A session for ages 55 to 65 will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Owen Brown Community Center, 6800 Cradlerock Way, Columbia; a session for those ages 66 and older will be held at 7 p.m. July 18 at the same location. Light refreshments will be served.

Information: 410-715-3175.

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