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Community News and Programs

In alignment with Howard County Board of Education Policy 10010, Distribution and Display of Materials and Announcements, the following announcements have been approved by the Public Information Office for distribution. Please visit Distributing Community Information through the School System or contact the Public Information Office at 410-313-6682 if you have any questions.

The below community notices are neither sponsored nor endorsed by the Howard County Public School System.

Teen Volunteers – Success In Style

Success In Style is looking for teen and adult volunteers to help out with processing and organizing of our incoming clothing items for SIS inventory and boutique resale. 
Get retail experience at Charity’s Closet, meet new people, earn free clothing, complete service hours. Please download the volunteer application
 teens must be 14 years or older, 301-498-5035

We Walk for Wellness – Howard County General Hospital

Free community walking program every Sat. thru Sept. 30, 8:45 a.m. (new) 9-10 a.m., North Laurel Park at the North Laurel Community Center, 9411 Whiskey Bottom Road, Laurel, Howard County General Hospital, 410-707-0055, or

Host an Exchange Student – ASSE International, Inc.

Become an ASSE Host family, make this year exciting and enriching. High school students age 15-18 will be coming from various countries. Contact Melanie Jackson 410-227-8433 or 1-800-733-2773, e-mail or

Behavior Basics & Managing Meltdowns – Howard County Government

Learn how to teach your child new skills to replace challenging behaviors. Tues., May 23, 6-8 p.m., East 50+ Center, 6600 Cradlerock Way, Columbia, MD. Open to Parents, Grandparents & anyone involved with children ages 1-6.
 Register online for Behavior Basics & Managing Meltdowns Register By Phone (voice/relay): 410-313-1940.

Creating Social Stories and Using Visuals – Howard County Government

Have you ever wondered, “If only my child would just LISTEN!?” Kids do better when they know what to expect. Weds., May 24, 6-7:30 p.m., Ellicott City 50+ Fitness Center, 9411 Frederick Rd, Ellicott City, MD. FREE! Space is limited and registration is required: Register online or by phone (voice/relay): 410-313-1940.

Family First Workshop Series – Howard County Government

Join the Howard County Family Institute for a special series designed for parents and guardians raising children from birth to age eight. Participants who complete all five classes can receive a Certificate of Completion upon request.
 Wednesdays, May 31, June 7 and June 14; 6-8 p.m. Ellicott City 50+ Fitness Center, 9411 Frederick Rd, Ellicott City, MD. Register online or by Phone (voice/relay): 410-313-1940.

Where Does My Money Go – Howard County Government

Parents and Teens are invited to join MakingChange for a lively and informative exchange of ideas regarding a wide variety of money management tools, Thurs, June 1, 6:30-8 p.m., Bain 50+ Center, 5470 Ruth Keeton Way, Columbia, MD. Space is limited; pre-registration is required. Register online or by phone (voice/relay): 410-313-1940

Discipline and Communication Part 1 & 2 – Howard County Government

Part 1: Set the stage for better behavior. Part 2: Learn how to teach children self-control and problem-solving techniques that they can use in the moment of behavior problems. Establish rules and logical consequences for misbehavior that are developmentally appropriate. Weds, June 7 & 14; 6-8 p.m., Ellicott City 50+ Fitness Center, 9411 Frederick Rd, Ellicott City, MD. Any parent, grandparent or caregiver who wants to improve their parenting skills and learn hands on ideas for raising a healthy, happy child ages birth to eight.

Register online for Discipline and Communication Register By Phone (voice/relay): 410-313-1940

Mindfulness Meditation – Howard Community College

Meditation has been proven to have many beneficial effects for people of all ages. June 3, 10 a.m.- 2 p.m., Laurel College Center. Register online or contact Rosemary Muir at 443 518-4404.

After school programs – The 4th Quarter

Our program aims to create young leaders. By using football and fitness students develop stellar habits and a positive mindset that allow them to accomplish their dreams.

Register your child for the Elkridge Landing or Bonnie Branch for the after after school program here:,

5th Annual Howard County STEM Festival – STEMulating Minds

June 4, 1-5, Howard Community College, New Science, Engineering and Technology Building

Over 1,500 students and parents are expected to attend this Free event. Learn about the HCPSS ARL high school programs including engineering program & Project Lead the Way, CyberSecurity, and Animation and Interactive Media. Information Available at:

Teen Advisory Meeting – HC DrugFree

Teen Advisory Council (TAC) Next Meeting Mon., June 5, 5:30-7 p.m. TAC is open to all Howard County high school students and community service hours are available. Meetings are held at The Barn (Teen Center) in the Oakland Mills Village Center. Free pizza is provided. Teens must complete the registration form found on the Teen Advisory web page at and RSVP to

Mid Summer Night’s Dream – Central Maryland Youth Ballet Company

Highly entertaining and family friendly performance based on William Shakespeare’s play with music by Felix Mendelssohn. Performances are Sat., June 10, 3 p.m., and Sun. June 11, 3 p.m.

Tickets may be purchased online at, by calling the studio 443-472-7772, as well as on the day of the performance at Reservoir High School.

Books in Bloom – Downtown Columbia Partnership

The Downtown Columbia Partnership presents Books in Bloom, Sat., June 11, 12-5 p.m., a book festival in celebration of the city’s 50th anniversary. Readings, panel discussions, a poetry wall and pop-up bookstore are featured. In partnership with the Howard County Library System, Books in Bloom will launch the library’s summer reading program, the festival is free and open to all ages. Register at:

Create Floral Wreath – Howard Community College

With the advice and assistance of artist Michele Schroder, create a beautiful, long-lasting wreath for yourself or to give as a gift. All supplies provided. Offered on Weds, June 14, 6:30-9 p.m., at The Turn House Kitchen, Hobbits Glen Golf Course. For more information, sign up on HCC’s website or call Rosemary Muir at 443-518-4404.

Theater Camp – Slayton House

A Musical Theatre Summer Camp, Improv Week, June 19-23, (1 week, subject to change) Broadway Edition, June 26-July 14, (Session I, 3 weeks. No Camp on July 4th), Rising Stars, Session II: July 17-July 28, Sessions III, July 31–Aug. 11 (2 weeks) Visit our website
For more information or registration forms call 410.730.3987 or email

Summer Camps – South Columbia Baptist Church

Children’s Performing Arts Camp June 25-30, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Children will spend the week learning a musical which they will perform on June 30, 7 p.m. For children who have completed grades 1-6. Cost is $80/camper. Sports Camp: July 10-14, 5 p.m. – 8:15 p.m. Children will choose a sport to participate in for the week (basketball—boys and girls, ages 8-12) (soccer—boys and girls, ages 6-12) (ultimate Frisbee—boys and girls, ages 8-12) (cheerleading—girls only, ages 6-12). Cost is $25/camper. For more information:

Village of Wilde Lake’s 50 Birthday – Wilde Lake Community Assoc. and Slayton House

Wed., June 21, 5-8 p.m., Wilde Lake Village Green at Slayton House

10400 Cross Fox Lane Columbia MD. Visit our website For more information call 410-730-3987.

JA BizTown Summer Camp – Junior Achievement of Central Maryland

Ideal for ages 9-12, JA BizTown Summer Camp offers a one-of-kind, hands-on experience preparing for the real world of work and getting a taste of the entrepreneurial spirit. June 26 – 30, 8 a.m.- 5 p.m., JA’s headquarters at 10711 Red Run Blvd., Suite 110, Owings Mills, MD. For more information or to register visit or contact Rebecca Golloub at or 410-753-3292.

Track and Field Camp – Crosslife Church

June 26 – June 30, 9 a.m.-12 p.m., Hammond High School, 8800 Guilford Road, Columbia, MD

Cost: $60 for the first family camper, $55 for each additional family camper

Contact: Carol McGinnis, 410-960-6301
. Registration:

EYO Tennis – Elkridge Youth Organization

Our program focuses on girls and boys who are new to tennis or still developing a basic/intermediate level of the game. The 2017 season will run from July 10 – Aug. 26, and consist of the following:

All of our activities take place at the 4 tennis courts at Rockburn Branch Park in Elkridge.

Summer Camp – HowGirlsCode

Mind, Body & Coding camp for girls entering grades 3-9. Session 1 runs July 10-14 and Session 2 runs July 17-21. The camp day is from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. with supervised drop-off beginning at 8:30 a.m. and pick-up ending at 4:00 p.m. Girls will challenge their minds through coding and robotics and will nurture their bodies and well-being through yoga, meditation, and self-empowerment exercises all while focusing on the arts and creative dance expression.

Registration is open at

Vacation Bible School – Bethany United Methodist Church

Bethany United Methodist Church, 2875 Bethany Lane, Ellicott City, MD

$50 per child or $75 per family. Aftercare available both weeks through Club SciKidz until 5:30 p.m., $225/week per child. For more information or to register, please visit:

Summer of STEM program – USRA

USRA STEM Education Center, 7178 Columbia Gateway Drive, Columbia, MD. We will be running a summer program for students ages 10-14 focused on aerospace. The program will run three weeks July 10-July 28, Mon.-Fri. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Participants will work on hands-on projects learning the principles of physics, stretching their math skills, and having their hands at designing robots, rockets, and other systems.

For more information, registration, etc please check

Questions? email or call 410-740-6268 ext 397.

Data Detective Summer Camp – National Center for Health Statistics

STEM, one week commuter day camp, July 31- Aug 4. For additional information visit:, or contact

Study Skills Camps – Healing Dimensions Foundation’s Stressless Tests

The first combined Middle School and High School camp starts July 31, meeting Mon. – Fri. at the Owen Brown Community Center in Columbia. The next class starts Aug. 7, at the same times and place. The basic fee is just $175.00 including the textbook. A payment plan is available at no extra cost. To register or read more information, you can email Betty at or go to

Golf Outing – 4th Quarter

3rd Annual Golf Outing, Sept 25, 1 p.m., Waverly Woods Golf Course

Contact: or call 443-904-6318

HCYP Girls Middle School Basketball League – HCYP

We are attempting to establish a basketball league for middle school age girls. The league would start by having tryouts sometime in the late September/Early October time frame. As a result we are trying to establish a list of interested players. To register your daughter or for general program questions, email and indicate her current grade and what middle school she will attend in the Fall.

Fall Programs – Soccer Association of Columbia

Now registering players for the fall 2017/spring 2018 season for various programs.

To register and information for all programs, contact

Host Families Sought-AFS

AFS Exchange Students: Next school year almost 20 exchange students will come from around the world to experience a life-changing year or cross-cultural sharing here in Howard County. If you are interested in more information, please contact Christina McGarvey at or 410-997-7087.

Summer Camp – St. Vincent Pallotti High School

Three weeks of camps for rising 1st graders through rising 9th graders in the summer of 2017. Check out our website for camps offered, dates, and cost –

Please direct any questions to Jess Palumbo at or 301-725-2246 x2219

Kid Empowerment P.E.T. Club & Leadership Camp – Amazing Futures Foundation

Hands-on, experiential activities and motivational animations empower, educate, and equip children to confidently handle life’s challenges with ease. One-week and two-week sessions, 9:00 a.m.– 4 p.m., from June 26 – Aug. $50 REBATE for two-weeks. Spaces are still available. Register online or call 410-313-7275.

HCPSS Locations, Details & Registration Links at