Health Expo Tomorrow

Howard County's 50+Expo will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. tomorrow at Wilde Lake High School. The free event includes a health fair and health screenings with flu and pneumonia shots for those 65 and older or with chronic medical conditions. The Expo also features panels with experts, workshops, demonstrations, an alternative care fair, 140 exhibits, food and entertainment.

Events begin at 10:30 a.m. with a live auction for prizes such as lunch with County Executive James N. Robey, tickets to Toby's Dinner Theatre and a weekend getaway at the Maryland Inn in Annapolis. Proceeds from the auction go to the Howard County Office on Aging Vivien Reid Fund, which provides emergency assistance for senior citizens.

The Capitol Steps, a political satire troupe, will perform at 1:30 p.m. in the Rouse Theatre. Entertainment, including classical guitar music, show tunes, Sinatra favorites, line dancing and patriotic songs, will be provided throughout the day.

The "Ask the Experts" series will feature panels on housing options for seniors and health issues. Maryland Access Point, a project funded by the Maryland Department of Aging, will present a "50+ Check-up," where participants can learn about the AARP Driver Safety Program, talk with lawyers, learn how to make home renovations and get information about the Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit.

Wilde Lake High School is at 5460 Trumpeter Rd., Columbia. Shuttle buses will start leaving at 8:45 a.m. from the Sears parking lot at the Mall in Columbia. For more information, call the Expo hotline at 410-313-6406.

Diversity Report Discussion

A report responding to community leaders' concerns about diversity in the county will be presented Monday in Ellicott City. The report was compiled by Community Building in Howard County, a volunteer group, and will list 10 conclusions based on responses to a questionnaire sent to more than 60 community leaders. Many of them address needs in the county based on its growing diversity.

"Report on the State of Community in Howard County -- 2005" will be presented at 7 p.m. in the Banneker Room, George Howard Building, 3430 Court House Dr., Ellicott City. It will also be available online at www.community building-hc.org. Copies also may be obtained by writing to Community Building in Howard County, PO Box 341, Columbia, Md. 21045, or by calling 410-995-6567.

Hurricane Relief Drive

The Miller, East Columbia and Glenwood library branches will be accepting donations of non-perishable food and other items for the Maryland Food Bank's hurricane relief program. Ready-to-eat foods, granola bars, meal replacement beverages, diapers, personal hygiene products, paper products, canned meats, fruits and vegetables, and water may be dropped off from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

The East Columbia library is at 6600 Cradlerock Way in Columbia, the Miller branch is at 9421 Frederick Rd. in Ellicott City and the Glenwood branch is at 2350 Route 97 in Cooksville.

-- JOSHUA ZUMBRUN