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Women for Women benefit Wednesday

Singer-songwriter Laura Dause will host and perform at Women for Women International's benefit coffeehouse concert Wednesday at 7 p.m. at Oliver's Carriage House, 5410 Leaf Treader Way, Columbia.

Women for Women International provides financial, educational and emotional support, job-skills training and assistance with small business development to women in war-torn regions of the world.

Admission is $10. Reservations are suggested. Beer, wine, coffee and desserts will be available to purchase.

Information: 301-725-4125. Information: www.womenfor

Raffle contest for Grand Prix

In celebration of the 20th annual Columbia Classic Grand Prix, the Grand Prix Advisory Board and the Howard Community College Educational Foundation will hold a competition among four teams to sell the most Grand Prix raffle tickets before the event on Sept. 23.

The teams will be composed of members of both groups; top ticket sellers from last year's raffle (Michael Nagle, Alan Jefferson, Mike Drummond and Lex Ruygrok) will lead each team. The losing team will be expected to shovel horse manure after the event; everyone will be exempt from this task if all 1,200 raffle tickets are sold.

The Grand Prix equestrian event features world-class equestrians who will compete on a course of obstacles, jumps, twists and turns. The event, which raises scholarship funds for Howard Community College students, includes exhibitions, pony rides, boutiques and children's events.

The Grand Prix raffle includes 20 prizes; winner of the grand prize can choose between a 2008 Mercedes-Benz sport utility vehicle and a roadster. Raffle tickets are $100 each; three for $250.

Tickets to the event range from $8 to $200.

To purchase tickets: 410-772-4450 or visit

Sarbanes offers walk-in consults

A representative of Congressman John P. Sarbanes will be available for walk-in consultations with constituents seeking help with problems relating to federal government business.

Consultations will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Sept. 5 at the East Columbia branch library, 6600 Cradlerock Way, and noon to 1 p.m. Sept. 5 at the Elkridge branch library, 6540 Washington Blvd.

Those unable to attend during these hours can call the Sarbanes district office (410-832-8890) or contact the congressman through his Web site ( .gov.)

Kiwanis Club meets Monday evenings

The Kiwanis Club of Ellicott City, an organization of community volunteers, meets at 6:45 p.m. Mondays at the Kiwanis Wallis Hall, 3300 Norberts Way, Ellicott City.

Everyone is welcome.

Information: Harry Slade, 410-418-8218.

Back-to-School Picnic canceled

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

Information: 410-715-5523.

Vendors sought for housing fair

The Howard County Department of Housing and Community Development is seeking vendors for its Come Home to Howard County housing fair, to be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 29 at Wilde Lake High School, 5460 Trumpeter Road, Columbia.

The fair is designed for individuals and families who want information on home ownership or rental opportunities and financing, as well as Howard County programs, services and amenities. Educational workshops, hands-on seminars for homebuyers and giveaways are planned. Admission is free.

Sponsors are welcome.

Information: Christopher Julien, 410-313-6343.

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.

Restaurant to hold hospital fundraiser

The Melting Pot restaurant in Wilde Lake Village Center, Columbia, will hold a fundraiser for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, a cause the company has supported with donations nationwide of more than $2 million. The hospital in Memphis, Tenn., specializes in treating childhood cancer and other catastrophic diseases.

The event will be held from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday at the restaurant, 10451 Twin Rivers Road. Those who attend can sample each of the restaurant's dishes, including cheeses, chicken, shrimp, tuna, filet mignon and chocolates, prepared fondue-style.

The cost is $35; $15 for children to age 18. Cocktails are included for adults.

Proceeds will be donated to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. The restaurant's servers are also donating their earnings for the night.

Information or reservations: 410-740-9988.

Comments taken on bus service cuts

The Corridor Transportation Corp. is accepting comments on 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 the 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.

Comments will be accepted through Sept. 7.

CTC, a private nonprofit corporation, has managed public transportation services in the Baltimore-Washington corridor since 1989.

A majority of riders, 70 percent, use the services to commute to and from work.

Information: 301-725-4000, or

Red Cross calling for blood donors

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 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.

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