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Howard Co. Tourism benefit is Wednesday

Howard County Tourism will hold its fundraiser, "SOIREE! - A Garden Affair with Parisian Flair" at 5 p.m. Wednesday in the gardens of Belmont Conference Center in Elkridge.

Food from local restaurants, wine, microbrews and live and silent auctions are planned.

Three Howard County couples - Ron and Joanne Eyre, Carole and Michael Lehan, and Jordan and Ivette Naftal - have agreed to compete on the dance floor; the winners will be selected by audience applause.

Those who purchase tickets to the event will receive a $25 complimentary gift certificate for Elkridge Furnace Inn.

Tickets are $75 in advance; $80 at the door. Proceeds will be used to help promote Howard County.

Information: 410-313-1904.

Lake walk today to aid cancer patients

The Red Devils, a nonprofit volunteer organization, will sponsor its fifth Red Devils Heat and Sole Stroll at 10 a.m. today, rain or shine, at Centennial Lake in Ellicott City. Registration is to begin at 9 a.m.

The 2.4-mile walk around the lake will help raise money for support services for Maryland breast cancer patients and their families. The organization pays for transportation to medical appointments and helps pay for co-payments for prescription drugs, house-cleaning, meals and groceries.

The Red Devils, named for the nickname of a powerful cancer drug, Adriamycin, was formed in 2002 by friends and family of Jessica Cowling and Ginny Schardt, two young women who lost their lives to breast cancer.

This year's race is dedicated to Ginny Worthington, mother of Ginny Schardt and a founding member of the group, who died of thyroid cancer in February.

Registration for the walk is $35; $70 for families. Everyone (including pets) is welcome to participate in the noncompetitive event.

Information: 410-323-0135, or

Disability panel seeks nominees for awards

The Howard County Commission on Disability Issues is accepting nominations for its 2007 awards program, recognizing outstanding efforts to promote independence and full participation in community life for people with disabilities.

Categories for nominations include Employer of the Year, Service Provider, Accessibility Award - General and Universal Design, and Individual Achievement Award - General, Adult and Youth.

Additional consideration may be given to advocacy groups that include people not usually associated with serving those with disabilities; personal or business initiatives that achieve a benefit or remove a barrier; and the development and execution of a creative plan for inclusion of people with disabilities in new areas of community life.

Nominees must live, work or provide service in Howard County.

Information: 410-313-6431, or and click on the link to the nomination form. Completed forms should be sent by July 16 to the Commission on Disability Issues, 6751 Columbia Gateway Drive, No. 300, Columbia 21046.

Orientation set for girls camp

An orientation for parents and girls who have applied for or are interested in Journey 2007, a residential summer camp for girls entering eighth and ninth grades, will be held from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. today in the media center at Atholton High School.

The camp, offered through a partnership between the Women's Giving Circle of Howard County and Maryland Leadership Workshops Inc., will run from June 24 through June 30 at Washington College in Chestertown. Students in the program will live in the college dorms, eat in the cafeteria and experience a collegiate atmosphere.

The camp's program includes workshops and recreational activities.

The theme of "Womanhood and what it means to be a woman" will be addressed throughout the program.

The cost is $495.

Information: Colleen Taggart-D'Agrosa, 301-854-1107, or e-mail, womensgivingcircle@

Five-day camp slated for seniors

Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks will sponsor a Summer Camp for Seniors, ages 55 and older, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 11-15 at the Bain Center, 5470 Ruth Keeton Way, Columbia.

Activities are to include arts and crafts, health and fitness, canoeing, nature studies and indoor rock-climbing.

The cost is $110 for the five-day camp, and includes supplies, lessons, a camp T-shirt and one lunch. Transportation will be provided to all activities.

Information or registration: 410-313-7320 or 410-313-7279.

Applicants sought for Democratic panel

The Howard County Democratic Central Committee has announced a vacancy on the committee. Applicants must be registered Democrats in Howard County.

Interviews will be conducted at 7 p.m. June 27 at the office of the Howard County Democratic Central Committee, 7050 Oakland Mills Road, Columbia.

Applicants should submit a resume and letter outlining their political activities and reasons for applying to serve on the Howard County Democratic Central Committee.

Resumes and letters should be sent to HCDCC, P.O. Box 1363, Columbia 21044.

Information: Michael McPherson, 410-290-9791.

Red Cross seeks blood donors

The Greater Chesapeake and Potomac Region of the Red Cross is urging eligible blood donors to call 800-GIVE-LIFE to schedule a donation as soon as possible.

Information: 800-GIVE-LIFE.

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