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HCC music center is changing its name

The Musical Arts Center at Howard Community College has announced that it is changing its name to the Music Institute at HCC to promote its services and reach out to students of all ages.

The institute offers local and affordable noncredit instruction for people of all ages and abilities. Classes in voice, piano, wind and stringed instruments are taught by the college's musical faculty. Instruction in Suzuki Violin, Colourstrings and Kindermusik is also available.

Howard Community College is at 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia.

Information: 410-772-4871, or

Public meetings set on bus service

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.

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

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. sponsoring 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 from 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 Friday.

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

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.

Information: 410-531-6638.

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