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Soroptimists to honor 2007 award winners

Soroptimist of Howard County will honor its 2007 winners of three awards for women at an awards banquet, to be held at 6 p.m. Thursday at That's Amore Restaurant in Columbia.

The Women's Opportunity Award, which helps women who are heads of households and must work to support their families, will be accepted by Lucy Akinmuyisan of Columbia, who plans to become a registered nurse. She will also be honored with a regional Soroptimist award at a regional conference.

The Violet Richardson Award, which recognizes a young woman (ages 14 to 17) who volunteers in her school or community, will be presented to Alexus Martin, a sophomore at Howard High School, who has volunteered in the prekindergarten program at Phelps Luck Elementary School for four years.

The Making a Difference for Women Award, which honors a woman who makes a difference in the lives of women or girls, will be presented to Andrea Ingram, executive director of Grassroots Crisis Intervention Center, a 24-hour crisis service and homeless shelter.

Soroptimist is an international volunteer service organization for business and professional women; it works to improve the lives of women and girls in communities around the world.

Information: Karen Trennepohl, 410-750-9413.

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. today, 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 tomorrow

Howard County Police Chief William J. McMahon will speak to the Triad/SALT (Seniors and Law-enforcement Together) Council at 1 p.m. tomorrow 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.

Bridal Showcase to be held today

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. today.

Vendors from the Baltimore-Washington area will display their wares, including food, music, floral designs, photographs and bridal and formal clothing.

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

Library board seeks trustee applicants

The Howard County Library's board of trustees is seeking applicants to fill positions of two trustees representing Council District 1 (the library's Elkridge branch) and Council District 2 (its east Columbia branch.)

Trustees, who serve voluntarily as advocates for the library system and its educational enterprise, serve a five-year term and may be reappointed for a consecutive term.

The board establishes and reviews policies, approves budgets and ensures that library system programs meet the needs of Howard County residents.

Although the board typically meets quarterly, trustees must be available for meetings scheduled for 7 p.m. on the third Wednesday of each month. Trustees must live in the district they are to represent.

Those interested in applying should submit a cover letter and resume by Friday to Leona McNair, support services specialist, Howard County Library, 6600 Cradlerock Way, Columbia 21045.

Information: Library Director Valerie J. Gross, 410-313-7750, or

Blood donations are urgently sought

The Red Cross is appealing for blood donations, with types O positive, O negative and B negative urgently needed. A lack of blood has forced hospitals in the region to cancel or delay procedures such as transplants and other surgeries.

Donors should be in generally good health, at least 17 years old (or 16 with written parental consent), weigh no less than 110 pounds, have not received a tattoo within the past year and have not donated whole blood in the past 56 days.

Eligible donors should call 800-GIVE-LIFE for an appointment to donate blood. Platelet donors should call 800-272-2123.

The Red Cross is also seeking businesses, churches, community groups and civic organizations to sponsor blood drives.

Information: 800-787-9282, Ext. 4925.

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