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Horizon Foundation awards $308,500

The Horizon Foundation has awarded $308,500 in Strategic Initiative Program (SIP) grants to local organizations and agencies. The awards are intended to stimulate improvement in the health and wellness of Howard County residents.

Several grants are being made to programs supporting the healthy development of young people. One such grant, to the Korean American Community Association, is intended to help develop a culturally based program to address relationship problems between Korean youth and their parents.

A grant to St. John Baptist Church will aid mentoring for students in three Columbia villages. The Howard County Library received a grant to expand its Health Information Center to include materials on wellness for children and adolescents.

Grantees also included the Alpha Achievers of Oakland Mills; the Autism Society of America, Howard County chapter of the "Best Buddies" peer-to-peer mentoring program; the county Department of Fire and Rescue Services, for visual language translating devices in Chinese, Korean and Spanish; Lazarus Foundation, to develop a program on cyber safety and responsibility for children and their parents; and many others.

The Horizon Foundation, a $91 million philanthropy, addresses community health issues in Howard County through grants and partnerships with public and private institutions.

Gangs to be topic of discussion Aug. 20

The TRIAD/SALT Council of Howard County will sponsor a discussion about gangs by Bruce Lohr, an instructor at the Maryland Police Training Commission, at 1 p.m. Aug. 20 at the Bain Center, 5470 Ruth Keeton Way, Columbia.

Admission is free, and reservations are not required.

SALT stands for "seniors and law enforcement together." The organization deals with safety, health and other issues affecting the welfare of senior citizens.

Information: 410-531-6638.

Giving Circle seeks triathlon participants

The Women's Giving Circle, a philanthropic organization seeking to improve the lives of women and girls in Howard County, is encouraging women from the community to join the group's Circle Team to participate in the Iron Girl Triathlon, which is to be held Aug. 19.

In swimming, biking and running in the competition, members of the Circle Team will serve as models for active healthy lifestyles for women while raising funds for the Women's Giving Circle. The Columbia Triathlon Association has pledged to match up to $3,000 in donations.

Information: www.womens

Red Cross makes urgent call for blood

The Greater Chesapeake and Potomac Region of the Red Cross has announced that the community blood supply remains at crisis level and is urging eligible blood donors to call 800-GIVE-LIFE immediately to schedule a donation.

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 not have received a tattoo within the past year or donated whole blood within the past 56 days.

Those who give blood will receive an "It's Hip to Give" T-shirt and a chance to win a $250 gas card in a weekly raffle.

Information: 800-GIVE-LIFE.

Summer travel guide is available

Summer travelers can order the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development's new Scenic Byways guidebook and map, a guide to 2,487 miles of roads less traveled.

The guide includes roads along the banks of the Potomac River and other scenic locations, and routes that include stops on the Underground Railroad, sites of Civil War battles and other landmarks of Maryland's heritage.

To order copies: 877- MDBYWAY, or www.visit Information on Maryland byways: www.mary landroads. com.

Teen committee needs volunteers

The Columbia Association's Teen Advisory Committee is seeking youths, ages 13 to 19, to help create events for Columbia teenagers.

Members of the committee are asked to attend meetings from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. every other Thursday and to help at events.

The committee accepts new members throughout the year.

Information: 410-715-5523.

Widows, widowers meet once a month

Howard County Young Widows and Widowers, a support and social group, meets from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. on the first Wednesday of each month.

The group offers an opportunity to meet new friends in a supportive atmosphere.

Information: 410-740-5858.

Kiwanis Club meets Monday evenings

The Kiwanis Club of Ellicott City, an organization of community volunteers, meets at 6:45 p.m. Monday at the Kiwanis Wallis Hall, 2300 Norbets Way, Ellicott City.

Everyone is welcome.

Information: Harry Slade, 410-418-8218.

Intergenerational museum trip set

Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks will sponsor an intergenerational trip to the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum in Chantilly, Va., for those ages 55 and older from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday.

The museum contains hundreds of air and space vehicles, including the space shuttle Enterprise and the Enola Gay.

Participants will have time on their own for lunch, shopping and a chance to see an IMAX movie. The trip is open to children and grandchildren ages 7 and older.

The cost is $35. Registration is due as soon as possible.

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

Neighbor Ride needs volunteer drivers

Neighbor Ride, a volunteer-based supplemental transportation program for Howard County seniors ages 60 and older, is seeking drivers and ride coordinators. Daytime, evening and weekend volunteer drivers are needed.

Neighbor Ride orientations are scheduled at Neighbor Ride's office, 8808 Centre Park Drive, Columbia, at 7 p.m. Tuesday and at noon Aug. 24.

Information: Rosemary Noble, volunteer coordinator, 410- 884-7433, or volunteer@neigh

Civility project suggests reading

"Choose Civility," the Howard County Library's project to enhance respect, empathy, consideration and tolerance in Howard County, invites members of the community to read and discuss Choosing Civility: The Twenty-Five Rules of Considerate Conduct by P.M. Forni, founder of the Johns Hopkins Civility Project and the inspiration for the county's campaign.

Free "Choose Civility" car magnets, intended to encourage consideration among drivers, are available at library branches.

To become a partner or sponsor of the project, or for Information: 410-313-7763.

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