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Tourism meeting, luncheon is today

Maryland Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller will join Howard County Executive Ken Ulman and Howard County Tourism today at the 26th Annual Tourism Meeting and Luncheon, to be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Turf Valley Resort & Conference Center.

Miller will talk about the state's tourism industry and the challenges and opportunities facing the General Assembly in supporting its growth.

Ulman will make an announcement related to the local industry, and Thomas J. Noonan, the new president and chief executive officer of the Baltimore Area Convention and Visitors Association, will discuss his vision for Baltimore and the region.

Luncheon tickets are $45 at the door.

Comment sought on bus service

The Public Transportation Board invites public comment on its proposed bus service enhancements to Howard Transit's gold and purple routes.

Enhancements to the gold route include service throughout the day and an extension of service into the Gateway Overlook retail center and nearby locations. The purple route will be expanded to include Saturday service between Laurel and Elkridge.

Comments will be heard at the board meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Tyson Room of the George Howard Building, 3430 Court House Drive, Ellicott City.

Details of the proposed enhancements are available at or at 800-270-9553. Written testimony can be submitted before the Tuesday meeting to Corridor Transportation Corp, 312 Marshall Ave., Suite 104, Laurel 20707 or e-mail,

Judge's retirement creates bench vacancy

Howard County Circuit Judge Dennis M. Sweeney has announced his retirement, effective Nov. 2, creating a vacancy on the Circuit Court for Howard County that is to be filled by an appointment Gov. Martin O'Malley.

Any judge or lawyer interested in the vacancy should request a personal data questionnaire from Deborah A. Unitus or Linda Etzold, Administrative Office of the Courts, Maryland Judicial Center, 580 Taylor Ave., A-2, Annapolis 21401. The questionnaire is available at

The completed questionnaire and two writing samples (at least 16 copies) must be received at the administrative office of the courts by 4:30 p.m. Oct. 4.

Information: 410-260-1291; TTY, 800-735-2258.

Dia de la Familia celebration tomorrow

The Columbia Association will hold its fifth Dia de la Familia, in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. tomorrow at the Columbia SportsPark.

The event will feature disc jockey Bobby Nyk and catering by Zapata's restaurant. Miniature golf, the use of batting cages, a Moon Bounce, a balloon sculptor, raffles and other activities are planned. Admission is free and open to everyone.

The Columbia SportsPark is at 5453 Harpers Farm Road in the Harper's Choice Village Center.

Information: Kelly Cooper, 410-715-3104.

Basket bingo slated tomorrow at fire hall

The Ladies Auxiliary of the Savage Volunteer Fire Company Inc. will hold basket bingo at 7 p.m. tomorrow at the Savage Fire Hall, 8925 Lincoln St.

Admission is $15 in advance; $17 at the door, if tickets are available. Admission includes 20 games and door prizes; two jackpot games are extra.

Information or tickets: 443-259-0565.

Neighbor Ride needs volunteer drivers

Neighbor Ride, a volunteer-based supplemental transportation program for Howard County residents ages 60 and older, is seeking drivers for daytime, evening and weekend service.

Information: Rosemary Noble, volunteer coordinator, 410-884-7433, or send an e-mail to

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.

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.

Class registration open at arts center

Registration is open for visual and performing arts fall classes at the Howard County Center for the Arts, 8510 High Ridge Road, Ellicott City. Classes and workshops are available for children, teens and adults.

Most programs begin next week and run for eight weeks. Continuing weekly drop-in sessions for drawing and painting from portrait and life models are also offered.

Also offered are the Fabulous 50+ Players senior musical theater troupe and No Boundaries, a theater program for youth with disabilities.

To request a brochure: 410-313-2787, or www.hoco

Schedule unveiled for deer hunting

The Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks has announced its fall and winter schedule of managed deer hunts.

The hunts will be held again this year to maintain a stable population of white-tailed deer in parks, the county government said.

Hunting hours are dawn to noon. Each park will be closed to all other uses during the hunt.

In areas where bow and shotgun hunting are not suitable, the department will reduce the deer population using accurate, noise-suppressed firearms and licensed shooters. Those operations will be conducted during evening hours when parks are closed.

Information: 410-313-1675.or http:--www.howardcounty

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