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Register to vote at library branches

The League of Women voters of Howard County, in partnership with the Howard County Library, is offering opportunities to register to vote at all six county library branches.

Registration will be held at all branches from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday; 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Aug. 9; and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 12.

The league, a nonpartisan political organization, encourages informed and active participation in government.

Information: Barbara Russell, 410-730-4024.

Blood types O and B donations needed

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.

A dangerously low inventory of blood types O and B is being reported. Type O blood can be used for more patients than any other type. Type B blood, prevalent in the region, according to the Red Cross, is needed for local patients.

In response, the Greater Chesapeake and Potomac Region of the Red Cross is urging eligible whole-blood donors to immediately 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.

Each blood donation can help save up to three lives, the Red Cross said in a news release.

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

Ideas are sought for cable TV show

Columbia Matters, the Columbia Association's cable television program, is seeking suggestions for its monthly "Explore Columbia" segment, which highlights places of interest that residents or visitors may not know about.

Previous segments have featured visits to museums, a historic playground and public art displays.

The show airs at 11 a.m., 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. Mondays and 8:30 p.m. Saturdays on Howard Community College's station, cable Channel 71.

To make a suggestion: 410- 715-3120, or e-mail, CATV Show@columbiaassociation. com.

Disability-issues panel seeking nominations

The Howard County Commission on Disability Issues is accepting nominations for its 2006 awards program.

Categories include employer of the year; accessibility award; individual achievement; a service provider award; Ralph Mulloy Advocacy Achievement award; and a youth award.

Nominees can be businesses, corporations, a building or any public accommodation, an individual or agency providing exceptional services, or an individual who has positively influenced others with disabilities.

Nominees must live, work or provide services in Howard County. The nominations deadline is Sept. 1.

Award winners will be recognized at the 12th awards breakfast Oct. 5 as part of National Disability Employment Awareness Month.

Information: 410-313-6402. To download a nominations form: www.co.ho.md.us/DS/CS_ DisabilitySrvcs.htm.

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.

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.

Vendors are needed for the 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 ages 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. For a vendor packet: www.co.ho.md.us/OA/50+expo.htm.

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