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Panel to discuss security in Howard

The League of Women Voters of Howard County and Howard County Public Library will present a panel discussion, "Homeland Security in Howard County," from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the Miller library, 9421 Frederick Road, Ellicott City.

The program will focus on the status of security in Howard County. Panelists include Fire Chief Joseph A. Herr and representatives from the Howard County Police and Health departments, the American Red Cross, the Community Emergency Response Network (CERN) and the Volunteer Center Serving Howard County.

There will be an opportunity for questions. A reception is planned for 8:30 p.m. Admission is free, and registration is not required.

Information: 301-596 5460.

Public library now open Sundays

Howard County Public Library branches are open from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays, starting this week.

The library also offers one-on-one sessions on using computer technology to do research, create documents and download electronic books and music. Sessions are available at all branches.

Information: 410-313-7890 or

Fundraiser walk set for Sept. 16

The fifth annual Miles for Miracles/Guts & Glory Walk to benefit the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation will be held Sept. 16 at Centennial Park in Ellicott City.

The cost is $25. Registration and activities begin at 8:30 a.m. The walk begins at 9:30 a.m. with a brief ribbon-cutting ceremony. A warm-up session for walkers will be held at 9:15 a.m. A clown will sculpt balloons and paint children's faces.

Information: 443-276-0861.

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

CA budget meeting set for Monday

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. Monday.

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."

Tubman celebration set for 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.

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.

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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