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Grant application deadline is Sept. 14

The Howard County Department of Citizen Services is accepting applications from nonprofit organizations for Human Services Master Plan grants under the Community Service Partnerships program.

Applications must be received by 5 p.m. Sept. 14 at the Department of Citizen Services, 6751 Columbia Gateway Drive, Suite 300, Columbia.

The purpose of the grants is to support the Human Services Master Plan by funding one-time projects that will enhance delivery of services, build capacity of a nonprofit group to provide services or increase the effectiveness of a network of human service organizations.

The county's fiscal 2008 budget includes $500,000 to support the grants and advance the implementation of the Human Services Master Plan.

About $3.5 million has been awarded under the Community Service Partnerships program.

Information: 410-313-6400.

Independent voters to meet Tuesday

Unaffiliated/Independent Voters in Howard County will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Starbucks in the Enchanted Forest Safeway store on U.S. 40 in Ellicott City.

Local and national politics and other topics will be discussed.

Information: 443-889-9070.

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.

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.

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