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Children's charity holding a benefit

KidsPeace, a 125-year-old national children's charity with centers in Columbia and Washington, will hold a wine-tasting benefit event from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. today at Corridor Fine Wine in Laurel.

Admission to the "Around the World Wine Tasting" is free.

The event features upscale wines and champagnes from six regions and nine countries. A percentage of sales will be used to start money clubs, to teach several hundred foster children, ages 13 and older, about handling money wisely to create successful lives.

Corridor Fine Wine is at 3321 Corridor Marketplace, Laurel.

Information: 301-617-8507.

Teen Idol auditions slated tomorrow

The Columbia Association's Teen Advisory Committee will hold auditions for the Columbia Teen Idol Competition from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. tomorrow at the Columbia Teen Center in the Oakland Mills Village Center.

Finalists will compete during the "Hear My Voice" teen event, to be held from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Oct. 13 at the Columbia lakefront.

Singers and rappers are welcome to audition. Profanity, sexual innuendo and references to drugs or alcohol will not be allowed. Teens must sign up in advance to audition.

Information or to register for an audition: Carol Wasser, 410-715- 5523, or Rene Buckmon, 410-992- 3726.

Cuts Against Cancer fundraiser is Sunday

Nine beauty salons will present the 11th Cuts Against Cancer, a fundraiser to benefit the Claudia Mayer Cancer Resource Center, from 10 am. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

Customers can get $25 haircuts, and services are to include manicures, waxing and massage.

A "Day of Beauty" raffle and a silent auction of trips, restaurant, food and wine gift certificates, Ravens and Orioles tickets, works by local artists and other items are planned.

The event will be held at Mason and Friends, 6770 Oak Hall Lane, Columbia.

In addition to Mason and Friends, participating salons include George of New York, Hasan's Hair Studio, Lutfi's International Salon and Spa, Patrick's Hair Design, Rafet's Hairmasters, Studio K Salon and Spa, Symmetry Hair Studio, and Victoria and Albert Hair Studio.

Cuts Against Cancer, conceived by Patrick Hagen of Patrick's Hair Design, has raised more than $150,000 since its inception in 1996. This year, the event will feature a tribute to Hagen, who died in March.

Information: 410-381-2440.

The Claudia Mayer Cancer Resource Center, a service of Howard County General Hospital, provides support and assistance to cancer patients and their families.

Counseling and support services, a lending library and a fully equipped salon offering free consultations are among its services.

Information: 410-740-5858, or www.cmcric.org.

Corridor transit adds 14 new buses

The Corridor Transportation corporation has added 14 new buses to its fleet this week to replace buses that have been used for the last eight to 10 years.

The 24-passenger vehicles are wheelchair-accessible and industry-tested for 10 years and 350,000 miles.

Immigration session to be rebroadcast

A public discussion on immigration, held Sept. 20 in the Banneker Room of the George Howard Building in Ellicott City, will be rebroadcast on Gtv channels 70 and 44 at 8 p.m. today, 9 p.m. Friday, 10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday and 12:30 p.m. daily.

Continuing discussions on immigration and its effect on families and employment are scheduled from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday in the meeting room of the Miller branch library, 9421 Frederick Road, Ellicott City, and from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Oct. 10 at Laurel Woods Elementary School, 9250 North Laurel Road, North Laurel.

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

Information: 410-730-0142.

Neighbor Ride needs volunteer drivers

Neighbor Ride, a volunteer-based supplemental transportation program for Howard County seniors ages 60 and older, has an immediate need for volunteer drivers. Daytime, evening and weekend drivers are needed.

Seniors using Neighbor Ride say the service helps them adjust to no longer being able to drive.

The next driver orientations are scheduled at the Neighbor Ride office, 8808 Centre Park Drive, Columbia, at 7 p.m. on Oct. 10 at noon on Oct. 19.

Information: 410-884-7433, or volunteer@neighborride.org.

School board's audit panel to meet

The Audit Committee of the Board of Education will hold its quarterly meeting at 2 p.m. today in Boardroom A at the Department of Education, 10910 Route 108, Ellicott City.

Information: 410-313-6682.

Basket bingo set Friday in Catonsville

The Animal Welfare Society of Howard County will hold basket bingo Friday at the Lodge, 2832 Nine Mile Circle, Catonsville.

Doors open at 6 p.m. Games begin at 7 p.m. Filled baskets, door prizes and raffles are planned.

Admission is $15 in advance; $20 at the door.

Information: 410-465-4350.

Judge's retirement creates bench vacancy

Howard County Circuit Judge Dennis M. Sweeney has announced his retirement, effective Nov. 2.

This creates a vacancy on the Circuit Court for Howard County that is to be filled by an appointment by Gov. Martin O'Malley.

Any judge or lawyer interested in the vacancy should request a personal data questionnaire.

One may be obtained 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 www.mdcourts.gov.

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.

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 says 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, call 800-272-2123 for 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 not have received a tattoo within the previous year or donated whole blood within the previous 56 days.

Information: 800-GIVE-LIFE.

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