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International Day slated tomorrow

The Columbia Association will sponsor its 12th Columbia International Day from noon to 11 p.m. tomorrow at the Town Center Lakefront.

International food and crafts are planned. Entertainment will include musical performances by Sin Fronteras (at noon); the Jow Ga Lion Dance Troupe and Village Dances of Korea (1 p.m.); Sol Y Rumba (2 p.m.); Charm City Klezmer (3 p.m.); Irish Dance (4:30 p.m.); Mystic Warriors (5:30 p.m.); Rhonda Robinson Jazz (6:30 p.m.); Talawa reggae (7:30 p.m.); and TMD and the Brass Solution (9 p.m. to 11 p.m.)

Children's activities -- a Giant Jester Skypuppet, face-painting, a balloon sculptor, a maze, a Moon Bounce, and juggling demonstrations -- will be held from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

An exhibition of decorated umbrellas representing places around the world will be on display. Prizes will be awarded.

Admission is free.

Information: 410-715-3161.

Candidates forum to be held July 22

The Howard County NAACP Youth Council will sponsor a Meet the Candidates event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 22 at Guilford Gardens Apartments, 7333 Oakland Mills Road, Columbia. There will be an opportunity to ask questions.

A health fair is scheduled for Aug. 26. Programs are also planned on education and economic empowerment.

Admission is free.

Information: Sonja Jones, 410-948-3282, or winged samothrace@comcast.net.

'Building Green' tour and talk set

The Howard County Citizens Association will sponsor a tour of the nonprofit Green Building Institute in Jessup and a discussion of "Building Green," at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the institute, 7761 Waterloo Road, Jessup.

The event is open to the public.

Information: Ray Cole, 443-283-3967, or www. howard-citizen.org.

Independent voters to meet July 24

Independent Voters in Howard County, a new organization, will meet from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. July 24 at the Miller branch library, 9421 Frederick Road, Ellicott City.

Speakers are to include Angela Beltram of COPE, Citizens for an Open Process for Everyone; Steve Wallis, independent candidate for Howard County executive; and Kevin Zeese, independent candidate for U.S. Senate.

Information: Mona Brinegar, 443-889-9070.

Red Cross seeks blood donors

The Red Cross says blood donations have fallen to a critical level, and the community blood supply is not adequate for the needs of hospitals.

In response, the Greater Chesapeake and Potomac Region of the Red Cross is urging eligible whole blood donors to schedule an appointment to give blood.

Donors must be in good health, at least 17 years old (16 with written parental consent) and weigh at least 110 pounds. They must not have received a tattoo within the past year and not have donated whole blood in the past 56 days.

Those who donate will receive a "Be the One We Count On" T-shirt and a chance to win $100 worth of gas in a weekly raffle.

Information or to schedule an appointment: 800-GIVE- LIFE.

Neighbor Ride named state service site

Neighbor Ride, a nonprofit organization that provides transportation services for older Howard County residents, has been named a 2006-2007 Volunteer Maryland Service Site, and is seeking a volunteer coordinator.

The position will be sponsored by AmeriCorps; the coordinator will receive a $13,000 living allowance and a $4,725 post-service education grant.

Information: 410-884-3616.

Nominations sought for volunteer awards

Nomination forms are available for Howard County's 2006 Volunteer of the Year awards for individuals and groups.

Nominees must live in the county or do their volunteer work in the county; their work should have a significant impact on the community or an individual.

The nominees will be recognized at a ceremony with county officials Sept. 14. One of the nominees will be selected to represent Howard and its volunteers at the annual statewide Maryland You Are Beautiful volunteer recognition program, to be held by Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. in September.

Nomination forms are available through the Howard County public information office (410-313-2022) or online at www.co.ho.md.us. The nomination deadline is Aug. 7.

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