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Discussion Sept. 20 on immigration

The League of Women Voters of Howard County will sponsor a discussion on immigration with community leaders from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sept. 20 in the Banneker Room of the George Howard Building, 3430 Court House Drive, Ellicott City.

Donald Kerwin, executive director of the Catholic Legal Immigration Network Inc., will give an overview of immigration law. The impact of immigration on families and employment also will be discussed.

The program will be broadcast live on Gtv channels 70 and 44.

The discussion will be continue at community sessions to be held from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Oct. 2 at the Miller branch library, 9421 Frederick Road, Ellicott City, and 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Oct. 10 at Laurel Woods Elementary School, 9250 North Laurel Road, North Laurel.

The programs are being presented in partnership with the Howard County Office of Human Rights, the Howard County Commission for Women, the Howard County Health Department, and Howard County Library and Gtv.

The League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan political organization, encourages informed, active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and to influence public policy through education and advocacy.

Information: 410-730-0142, or

Fundraiser planned for Saturday

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. It will be held from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday 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, intervention in abuse cases and a 24-hour telephone line to individuals and families in crisis.

Tickets to the Hope Gala are $150. Information or to purchase tickets: Kelly Wardenfelt, 410-997-0304, or www.dv

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. the first Wednesday of each month.

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

Information: 410-740-5858.

Tubman celebration set for Saturday

The Harriet Tubman Foundation of Howard County Inc. will sponsor Harriet Tubman Day 2007 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday 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.

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.

Information: 800-GIVE-LIFE.

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