Junior Firefighter Training

Junior firefighters from Elkridge in Howard County and Riviera Beach in Anne Arundel will receive training from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday at the Elkridge Volunteer Fire Department, 6275 Old Washington Rd., Elkridge. Nearly 60 youths will have an opportunity to learn emergency medical technician skills, search and rescue techniques, and ladder climbing from instructors with Maryland's Fire and Rescue Institute.

The junior firefighter program was founded in 1998 for ages 9 to 15. At age 16, many become firefighters with volunteer fire departments.

A Race for Organ Donation

A 5K walk and run will be held at 8 a.m. Sept. 17 at Centennial Park in Columbia to raise awareness about organ, eye and tissue donation and transplants. More than 88,000 people are listed on the organ transplant waiting list nationwide.

Registration is $25 before Sept. 1 and $30 afterward. All funds will go to support public education campaigns about donations and transplants. The event is sponsored by the Washington Regional Transplant Consortium and the Mid-Atlantic Coalition on Donation. For more information or to obtain a registration form, visit www.beadonor.org and click on event or call 866-Be-A-Donor.

Session on the Watershed

The Little Patuxent Watershed Association and the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay will conduct a program Sept. 17 about creating environmentally sound landscapes that promote wildlife habitat, conserve water and prevent pollution. The session will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. at Central Library, 10375 Little Patuxent Pkwy., Columbia.

New Programs at HCC

Howard Community College has added more than 20 degree and certificate programs for the 2005-06 school year. The catalogue and schedule of credit classes are available online at www.howardcc.edu or by calling 410-772-4856.

Free Vehicle ID Etching

The Howard County Department of Police and the Maryland/DC Anti-Car Theft Committee will sponsor free vehicle identification etching from 4 to 7 p.m. Sept. 28 at the Oakland Mills community police office, 5820 Stevens Forest Rd., Columbia. In addition to the etching, people may register their vehicles in the national Watch Your Car Program, aimed at deterring auto theft. For more information, contact Janet Stabile, at 410-313-3337.