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5K race, run/walk scheduled Sunday

The 16th annual Howard County Police Pace 5K Race and 1 Mile Fun Run/Walk will start at 9 a.m. Sunday at the concession area in Centennial Park in Ellicott City.

About 50 performance awards are available in several age groups. Random prizes include a mountain bike, hotel stays, free dinners and golf outings. McGruff the Crime Dog will be present. Outback Steakhouse will provide food.

The cost is $25, or $40 per family. The race, sponsored by the Howard County Police Foundation, benefits charitable programs that include a college scholarship program for children of police officers who gave their lives in the line of duty.

Information: www.police pace.com.

Fraternity alumni will hold coat drive

The Columbia Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc. will hold a coat drive for those in need on Sept. 15, Oct. 20, Nov. 17 and Dec. 15.

Donations can be dropped off from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Giant Food store on Centre Park Drive, off Route 108, Ellicott City.

County organizations and churches are being contacted about receiving and distributing the coats.

The fraternity's Columbia chapter has been involved in community service for more than 25 years.

Comments accepted on higher bus fares

The Corridor Transportation Corp. is accepting comments through today 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 corporation's budget.

After investment by Howard County, Howard Transit's services on the Gold, Purple and Blue routes are to be extended.

Corridor Transportation, 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 www.corridortransit.com.

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 branch 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 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.

Hope 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 program will be from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. Sept. 15 at the Kossiakoff Center of the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory 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 www.dvcenter.org.

Library branches 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 http:--hclibrary.org.

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 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.

CA budget meeting is 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 planning and strategy committee at 6 p.m. Oct. 11.

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

Tubman celebration scheduled 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 at 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 Class of 1957 will be honored for 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 seeks 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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