COUNTY DIGEST

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Smart Growth session open to residents

The Maryland Department of Planning's Task Force on the Future for Growth and Development in Maryland will hold a Smart Growth Listening Session for Harford and Cecil counties at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in Aberdeen High School's auditorium, 251 Paradise Road.

Citizens are encouraged to attend and give input on issues, needs and concerns for the community.

Information: www.mdp.state.md.us/listeningsessions.htm.

Safety vests available

State Highway Administration offices are offering reflective vests for children to wear while trick-or-treating Friday night.

The Vests for Visibility Program lends safety vests to parents and guardians free of charge, on a first-come, first-serve basis. Vests will be handed out from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, and must be returned by Nov. 7.

Vests are available at the Churchville SHA shop, 3050 Churchville Road. Information: 410-838-7788.

Race relations seminar

The Y of Central Maryland and the University of Baltimore will sponsor a community conversation about the 1968 riots, 1:30 p.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 2 at the Walter & Betty Ward Family Center, 101 Walter Ward Blvd., Abingdon.

"Riots and Rebirth '68" will cover the effects of racial division in the community using the Baltimore riots of 1968 as a starting point for exploring the misperceptions about race and changing race relations in the region over participants' lifetimes.

Registration is requested. Information: 410-889-9622.

Walk and Wag-a-thon

The Humane Society of Harford County will hold a Walk and Wag-a-thon and Pet Fair, 0 a.m.-2 p.m. Nov. 8, rain or shine, at the Harford County Equestrian Center, Heavenly Waters Park, 608 N. Tollgate Road. Bel Air. The fundraiser asks participants to secure flat-sum pledges and bring them to the event. The first 100 to register on site raising $100 or more will receive a free T-shirt. The first 200 dogs to register will get a free bow-wow bandanna.

Registration begins at 9 a.m. and the walk officially starts at 10 a.m. All dogs must be on a leash.

Information: 410-836-1090, ext. 111.

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