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October 12, 2004|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

In Baltimore County

Goucher to hold forum tomorrow on presidential election

TOWSON - Goucher College will offer a discussion on "Social, Religious and Gender Perspectives in the Presidential Campaign" at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow at Merrick Lecture Hall.

A panel consisting of author and historian Taylor Branch, journalist Eleanor Clift and the Rev. Frances Draper will participate in the discussion. Branch is considered to be an authority on the civil rights movement. Clift is a former White House correspondent for Newsweek. Draper, pastor of John Wesley African Methodist Episcopal Church in Baltimore, has received numerous awards for community service.

The discussion is scheduled to end by 9 p.m. so those in attendance can watch the televised presidential debate, which will also be shown at the lecture hall.

Day program to open in county for disabled

GWYNN OAK - The Family Service Foundation Inc. has announced that it is opening a day program in Baltimore County for individuals with developmental disabilities.

The foundation, which has its headquarters in Landover Hills, will hold an open house to introduce the program at 5:30 p.m. Monday at 2622 Lord Baltimore Drive. The foundation is a nonprofit organization that provides services to people with psychiatric and developmental disabilities.

Information: Megan DeVeny, 301-459-2121, ext. 295.

Villa Julie to dedicate distance education center

STEVENSON - Villa Julie College will open its Verizon Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning with a dedication from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. today in the Verizon Center and later in the St. Paul Companies Pavilion on the Stevenson campus.

Speakers will include Villa Julie's Paul D. Lack, executive vice president for academic affairs and dean, and Verizon President William Roberts. The center, which has two high-tech classrooms, is meant to enhance distance education.

Villa Julie has hired Norman E. Tracy to provide expertise in the new technology as director of educational technology.

In Baltimore City

Voter registration drive set today at Mondawmin

Several organizations are joining in a voter registration drive today at Mondawmin Mall - the last day to register to vote before the Nov. 2 presidential election.

The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and its organizers - the Maryland Voting Rights Restoration Coalition, Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc., Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc., and Baltimore Metropolitan Chapter of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference - say they hope to register 1,000 voters.

Mondawmin Mall is located at the intersection of Liberty Heights Avenue and Gwynns Falls Parkway. Information: 410-669-VOTE.

Free programs offered to detect breast cancer

Free clinical breast exams and mammograms are being offered to low-income, uninsured residents by the Baltimore City Cancer Program at the University of Maryland Greenebaum Cancer Center.

The city cancer program - supported through the Maryland Cigarette Restitution Fund - is working with the state health department and Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center to promote early detection and treatment of cancer, targeting breast, cervical and prostate cancer.

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and officials with the city program issued a reminder to women of the importance of regular breast exams. Dr. Jimmie J. Drummond Jr., director of the city program, stressed the importance of screening for African-American women, among whom breast cancer is less frequent but has a higher death rate than among other women.

Free screenings are available from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday at UniversityCare facilities at Edmondson Village, 4538 Edmondson Ave.; Howard Park, 4510 Liberty Heights Ave.; and Waxter Center, 1000 Cathedral St. Information: 410-328-4673.

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