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Gala fundraiser planned for Sept. 15

Tickets are on sale for the Hope Gala, a fundraising event for the Domestic Violence Center of Howard County. The event, which will honor state Sen. James N. Robey, features celebrity waiters for the black-tie optional gala dinner and dance.

The event will be held from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. Sept. 15 at the Kossiakoff Center of the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab in North Laurel.

Robey is being honored for his continuing support of the Domestic Violence Center. The nonprofit agency provides emergency and long-term shelter, legal assistance, counseling, abuser intervention and a 24-hour telephone line to individuals and families in crisis.

Tickets are $150. Information or to purchase tickets: Kelly Wardenfelt, 410-997-0304, or visit

CA budget meeting set for Sept. 10

The Columbia Association Planning and Strategy Committee will hold a pre-budget session for members of the community to offer comments and suggestions for the fiscal year 2009 and 2010 budgets at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 10.

The meeting will be held at the association's headquarters, 10221 Wincopin Circle, above Clyde's restaurant. Ideas presented at the meeting will be discussed by the board of directors at a work session held by the association's Planning and Strategy Committee at 6 p.m. Oct. 11.

To see the two-year budget schedule: www.columbiaassoci, under the heading, "What's New."

Widows, widowers meet once a month

Howard County Young Widows and Widowers, a support and social group, meets from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. on the first Wednesday of each month.

The group offers an opportunity to meet new friends in a supportive atmosphere.

Information: 410-740-5858.

Project to combat drunken driving

The State Highway Administration, AAA Mid-Atlantic and Yellow Cab have announced a Tipsy? Taxi! campaign for the Labor Day holiday. The project, which began last year, is designed to combat drunken driving during the holidays.

The program provides a free taxi ride home to anyone age 21 or older who has been drinking at a restaurant or bar in Baltimore from 8 p.m. to 4 p.m. today and from 4 p.m. to 4 a.m. Labor Day. For those who live outside Baltimore, the program will pay for the first $50 of the fare. The rider is responsible for the rest.

Those who plan to drink during the holiday are urged not to drive. To use the free taxi service in the Baltimore area, call 877-963-TAXI.

The free taxi service is running concurrently with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's "Drunk Driving: Over The Limit. Under Arrest" campaign aimed at reducing highway fatalities.

Harriet Tubman celebration Sept. 15

The Harriet Tubman Foundation of Howard County Inc. will sponsor Harriet Tubman Day 2007 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 15 on the grounds of Atholton High School, 6520 Freetown Road, Columbia.

The theme for this year's event is "Sharing Our History." Alumni of Cooksville and Harriet Tubman high schools and other guests have been invited.

Harriet Tubman High School, a segregated school for African-Americans, opened in 1948 and remained segregated until it was closed in 1965, said Howard Lyles, chairman of the Harriet Tubman Foundation of Howard County Inc.

The Harriet Tubman High School Class of 1957 will be honored on the occasion of its 50th class reunion, which will be held from noon to 5 p.m.

Information: Bessie Bordenave, 443-280-1935 or Howard Lyles, 410-988-9701.

Entries sought for grandparent award

The local chapter of the national children's charity KidsPeace and Grand magazine are seeking nominations for the Grandparent of the Year Award.

The winner will receive a seven-night Caribbean Cruise for two from Royal Caribbean International. The top 10 finalists will receive a $100 gift certificate and their photographs and nomination essays will be published in the magazine and online at www.grandmagazine. com.

Grandchildren, children of a grandparent and friends and neighbors are invited to submit nominations.

Nominating forms are available in Grand magazine and online. Children should use the safe site, www.grandcon, where no personal information is requested.

The deadline for nominations is Wednesday.

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 good health; at least 17 years old (in Maryland, age 16 with written parental consent), weigh 110 pounds or more, and have not received a tattoo within the previous year or donated whole blood within the previous 56 days.

Information: 800-GIVE-LIFE.

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