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Bus service public meetings this week

The Corridor Transportation Corp. will hold public meetings at 7 p.m. Wednesday at CTC headquarters, 312 Marshall Ave., Suite 104, Laurel, and at 7 p.m. Thursday at West County Library, 1325 Annapolis Road, Odenton, to discuss service cuts and fare increases that have been proposed for Connect-A-Ride buses.

The changes are being proposed in response to a budget deficit. The public is invited to submit comments through Sept. 7.

Requests for special accommodations to attend one of the meetings must be received today.

CTC, a private nonprofit corporation, has managed public transportation services in the Baltimore-Washington corridor since 1989. Seventy percent of its riders use the services to commute to and from work.

Information: 301-725-4000 or

Baseball group at E. Columbia branch

Talkin' Baseball, a discussion group, will meet at 9 a.m. tomorrow at the east Columbia branch library, 6600 Cradlerock Way.

Lee Lowenfish will speak about his book, Branch Rickey: Baseball's Ferocious Gentleman.

Admission is free.

Long-term care talk set for Wednesday

The Howard County Department of Citizen Services' Office on Aging will offer a program on covering the costs of long-term care at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Kiwanis Wallas Recreation Center, 10481 Frederick Road, Ellicott City.

"Long-Term Living: Covering the Costs" will include discussion of long-term care insurance and other ways to cover the costs of in-home care, assisted living, nursing home care and other expenses.

The discussion will be led by representatives from the Senior Health Insurance Assistance Program of the Howard County Office on Aging.

Registration is requested.

Information: 410-313-7391.

Rec Dept. sponsors trip to Tennis Open

Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks will sponsor a trip to the U.S. Open at Arthur Ashe Stadium in New York 6 a.m. to midnight Aug. 31. Roger Federer, Maria Sharapova and others will compete.

The cost is $149, including a trip leader, transportation and reserved-seating tickets to the men's second-round and women's third-round matches.

Registration is required by Aug. 17.

Information: 410-313-4634. Registration: 410-313-7275.

Discussion about gangs on 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, Seniors and Law enforcement Together, deals with safety, health and other issues affecting the welfare of senior citizens.

Information: 410-531-6638.

Giving Circle seeks triathlon entrants

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

Blood need urgent for Red Cross

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.

Information: 800-GIVE-LIFE.

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