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Purple Heart Ride to aid wounded vets

The Blue Knights Maryland Chapter IX Law Enforcement Motorcycle Club will hold its third Purple Heart Ride, to benefit the Armed Forces Foundation and wounded veterans at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda and at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington.

The ride will be held, rain or shine, at 10 a.m. Sunday, starting at Freedom Park, off Raincliffe Road, in Sykesville. Registration is to begin at 7 a.m. Participants will proceed as a group to the naval hospital to greet troops.

The cost is $25 a bike; proceeds go to the Armed Forces Foundation, which helps support wounded veterans and their families.

Information or registration: 410-456-9754, or

The motorcycle club's members are active or retired law enforcement officers.

Police chief to speak to seniors Monday

Howard County Police Chief William J. McMahon will speak to the Triad/SALT (Seniors and Law-enforcement Together) Council at 1 p.m. Monday in the Community Room of the Bain Center, 5470 Ruth Keeton Way, Columbia.

The public is invited to participate.

Triad is a national organization comprising representatives from law enforcement agencies and senior citizens.

Information: 410-531-6638.

Adoption event set for cocker spaniels

Oldies But Goodies Cocker Spaniel Rescue will hold an adoption event from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. tomorrow at Columbia PetSmart, 9041 Snowden River Parkway, Columbia.

All the dogs offered for adoption are spayed or neutered and have been vaccinated. More than 100 dogs are in need of permanent homes.

Information: 703-533-2373, or

Benefit basket bingo today at the YMCA

The YMCA of Central Maryland, Ellicott City Center, will hold its Family Basket Bingo today to benefit its annual giving campaign.

Longaberger baskets will be featured. Doors open at 6 p.m.; games begin at 7 p.m. Tickets are available in advance.

The YMCA will celebrate "Healthy Kid's Day," a festival focused on family health and fitness, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. tomorrow.

Community organizations will provide information, and activities are to include a Moon Bounce, giant obstacle course, minigolf and carnival games. Admission is free.

The YMCA is at 4331 Montgomery Road.

Information: 410-465-4334.

Gospel concert to be held tomorrow

A "Gospel Extravaganza" will be held at 6 p.m. tomorrow to benefit the Vivian L. Reid Community Fund for the elderly and help provide scholarships for needy students.

The concert, to be emceed by Patrick Ellis of WHUR Radio, will be held at Jim Rouse Theatre for the Performing Arts at Wilde Lake High School, 5460 Trumpeter Road, Columbia.

Performing will be the Gospel Revelations, TAGE ensemble's steel drums, The Voices of Inspiration, St. Bernardine's Church choir and Voices of Praise of New Fellowship Christian Community Church.

The cost is $20; $8 for children to age 12.

Sponsors include the Howard County Department of Citizen Services' Office on Aging and Tau Pi Foundation Inc. of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity's Tau Pi chapter.

Information: Barbara Harris, 410-313-6448 or Clinton Sellers, 410-531-2152.

'Dog Day Afternoon' is slated tomorrow

The Columbia Association will host its first "Dog Day Afternoon," a new event targeted to new Columbia residents and others, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. tomorrow at the Columbia Lakefront.

The association invites dog owners to take their pets and stroll around Lake Kittamaqundi, where there will be doggy treats, activities and entertainment. The free event also will feature local businesses and organizations that focus on the health and happiness of dogs.

Information, call 410-715-3104.

Tres Amigos set to perform today

Oakland Night Music Series, sponsored by Town Center Community Association, will present Tres Amigos, a local band specializing in Latin, Brazilian and popular music, from 8 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. today at Historic Oakland, 5430 Vantage Point Road, Columbia.

Admission to the informal concert is free, but donations for the performers are encouraged.

Musicians interested in performing at Oakland Nights should contact Patricia Loeber, 410-730-4744.

Bridal Showcase to be held Sunday

The Town Center Community Association will sponsor a Bridal Showcase at Historic Oakland, 5430 Vantage Point Road, from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sunday.

Tickets are $10 in advance; $15 at the door. 410-730-4801 or 800-730-4801.

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