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County library catalog expanded

The Howard County Library catalog, AquaBrowser, has been expanded to offer additional resources. Researchers will no longer receive a "no results found" message when searching; every search will yield results.

Customers are now able to enter any keyword and receive a broad list of possible topics and categories. The list includes the library's calendar of events and electronic databases, as well as the American Memory Collection from the Library of Congress, and medical Web sites from the National Library of Medicine and National Institutes of Health.

Searches can be narrowed by format (for instance, digital video discs) or target audience (for example, children). A search for "gardening," for example, can yield books, Web sites, magazines and DVDs from the library's collection, as well as listings for library events, photographs and early motion picture clips from the American Memory Collection and health information from MedlinePlus.

The AquaBrowser catalog has been available at the Howard County Library since January 2006.

The library is also offering one-on-one instructional sessions on using computer technology for research, writing, editing and downloading electronic books and music.

Sessions are available at all branches. The service is free.

Information: 410-313-7890, or

Society for Sight fundraiser tomorrow

The Maryland Society for Sight, an organization founded in 1909 to prevent blindness and preserve sight, will sponsor "Traditions in Vision," a fundraiser to support the society's work, tomorrow at Toby's Dinner Theater, 5625 O'Donnell St., Baltimore, in the Best Western Hotel and Conference Center.

Doors open at 6 p.m. A buffet dinner will be served at 6:15 p.m. and a show - Fiddler on the Roof - is to begin at 8 p.m. A raffle, and live and online auctions are also planned.

Tickets are $55.

Information: 410-243-2020, or

Karaoke Extravaganza for kids tomorrow

The Columbia Association Middle School Advisory Committee will sponsor a Karaoke Extravaganza for middle school youth from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. tomorrow at Columbia Teen Center, 5853 Robert Oliver Place, in Oakland Mills Village Center.

All middle-schoolers are invited to sing, play games and win door prizes. Admission is $5. Individuals and groups are welcome.

Information: 410-715-5523.

Rescued horses can be adopted

Arabians, quarterhorses, thoroughbreds, standardbreds, paints and other rescued horses are available for adoption from Days End Farm Horse Rescue Inc. in Lisbon. Many of the horses have been impounded by animal control and brought to the farm to regain their health.

Visitors are welcome to tour the farm from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily. Those interested in adopting a horse should call for an appointment. Horses available for adoptions have had medical examinations, vaccinations and have had their feet trimmed and been wormed.

Pictures and description of the horses are at www.defhr. org/horses/horses.htm. Photographs of horses still in rehabilitation but available for sponsorship can be seen at the same Web address.

The farm is at 15856 Frederick Road, near Routes 144 and 94. Information: 301-854-5037 or 410-442-1564.

Twenty-four horses rescued from a farm in Sharpsburg are among those available for adoption at Days End. Horses rescued from the Sharpsburg facility and still waiting for homes can also be seen at the Human Society of Washington County (301-733-2060, Ext. 237) and at Pheasant Hill Farm, Adamstown (301-639-8994.)

Relatives as Parents group to meet

Relatives as Parents (formerly Grandparents as Parents), an information and support group for those raising the children of relatives, will meet from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Bain Center, 5470 Ruth Keeton Way, Columbia.

The group, which meets on the second Wednesday of each month, offers information, referrals and other services.

Information: 410-381-4800 or 410-313-1940.

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.

Award winners will be recognized at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 4 at an awards celebration in the Banneker Room of the George Howard Building, Ellicott City.

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. Monday through Friday 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. Those who donate blood this month will be entered in a weekly raffle for $250 worth of gasoline.

Platelet donors should call 800-272-2123 to schedule an appointment.

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

Information: 800-GIVE- LIFE.or

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