Soroptimist holding a picnic Aug. 23

Soroptimist of Howard County will start its new club year with a picnic at 6:15 p.m. Aug. 23 at Patapsco Female Institute in Ellicott City.


A brief business meeting will include discussion of projects and fundraisers for the fall.

Soroptimist is an international volunteer service organization for business and professional women that works to improve the lives of women and girls around the world. The Howard County club meets on the third Thursday of each month.


Those interested in community service are invited to attend.

Information or to reserve a dinner: Joan Webb Scornaienchi, 410-290-0436.

Back-to-School Picnic has been canceled

The Back-to-School Picnic sponsored by the Columbia Association's Teen Advisory Committee and the Middle School Advisory Committee, and scheduled for Aug. 24 at Lake Elkhorn Park in Columbia, has been canceled.

Information: 410-715-5523.

Public meetings set on bus service

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

The changes in Connect-A-Ride are being proposed in response to a deficit in CTC's budget. In response to investment by Howard County, Howard Transit's services on the Gold, Purple and Blue routes are to be extended.


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 scheduled for today

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. today 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 Monday

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. Monday 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 Sunday.

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.

Information: 800-GIVE-LIFE.