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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.

Parent Volunteers – HC DrugFree

Looking for Parent/Adult Volunteers, so whether you have an hour a month or 10 hours a week to volunteer, please email only to

Election Judges Needed – Howard County Board of Elections

All registered voters 16 years old and up may serve. You must be available 6:00 a.m.-9:30 p.m. on Election Day. Please sign up to work as an election judge. Earn $230.00, meet new people, and witness democracy in action. The Judge Department, Howard County Board of Elections, 410-313-5820,

Teen Advisory Council Meetings – HC Drugfree

Mon., Apr. 16, 5:30 p.m.-7:00 p.m.,The Barn (Teen Center) in the Oakland Mills Village Center. TAC is open to all Howard County high school students and community service hours are available. Free pizza. Teens and parents must complete the registration form found on the Teen Advisory Council page at and teens must RSVP to

Teen Parenting Strategies – Howard County Government

FREE, pre-registration is required. Strengthening Relationships and Improving Behavior, Weds. Mar. 21, 7 p.m., Clarksville Middle School Media Center. Visit for additional information or call 410-313-1940.

Virtual College Visits – Howard County Library System

Sat., Mar. 24, 3:30-4:30 p.m., Glenwood Branch, Howard County Library System

Local expert Gail Jacobson shares the secrets to a successful college visit. Also, tour a variety of college campuses virtually using Google Expeditions headsets. Ages 13-19, parents welcome. Registration and signed release form required. The release form will be included in your confirmation email. Lori Conforti 410-313-5577

Spring Egg Hunt – Recreation and Parks

Sat., Mar. 24, 10:00 a.m., Rockburn ES, ages 2-10, Registration is required by Mar. 16. For more information, please contact Dave Grabowski at

Beauty and the Beast – The Columbia Figure Skating Club

Sat., Mar 24 – Sun, Mar. 25, 4:00-6:00 p.m, Columbia Ice Rink. We invite you to be our guest. Tickets are on sale now at our website ($15 for ages 3 and up, children under age 3 are free; $25 limited reserved center ice seating is available).

Teen Opportunities Fair – Howard County Government

Sat., Mar. 24, 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m, Long Reach High School, 6101 Old Dobbin Lane, Columbia, MD. The Howard County Department of Community Resources and Services and Office of Workforce Development in partnership with HCPSS, invites you and your student to participate in the Teen Opportunities Fair. For more information, or to become an exhibitor, please contact Kori D. Jones at or 410-313-0039.

Teddy Bear and Me Tea – Girl Scouts

Kindergarten through 2nd grade, Sun., Mar. 25, 1:30-3:30 p.m., Mt. Zion United Methodist Church, 12430 Scaggsville Road, Highland, MD. Bring your favorite stuffed friend.

Contact Gay Williams ( or call 301-740-0295

Staying Safe in Ocean City – HC DrugFree

HC DrugFree will offer 2 Senior Week: Staying Safe in OC programs. Adults and all students welcome to hear beach safety tips and beach-related police updates to keep your teen safe.

Mar. 27, 7:00 p.m., Howard High School auditorium, Apr. 24 at 7:00 p.m. in Mt. Hebron High School auditorium.

For more information, contact

Navigating the College Application Process-Howard County Library Systems

Tues, Mar. 27, 7:00-8:30 p.m., Glenwood Branch, Howard County Library System

The college application process can be daunting, so let local expert Gail Jacobson guide you with successful strategies for applying and writing essays.

Ages 13-19. Parents encouraged to attend with their student. Contact: Lori Conforti 410-313-5577. Register:

Schools Out Nature Program – Howard County Conservancy

Parents, do you need a place to send your child on scheduled days off school? Bring them to the Howard County Conservancy for a School’s Out Nature Program. With 2 locations conveniently located in Woodstock and Elkridge, space is available for Mar. 30, Apr. 2, Apr. 3, May 18 and June 15. Before and after care is available. For more information and to register your child, please visit

Talent Hunt – Tau Pi Chapter, Howard County MD

Talent Hunt, Music, Dance Speech, Art, Mar. 31, 12:00-2:00 p.m., Hammond High School, 8800 Guildford Road, Columbia, MD. For more information visit, to become a contestant please contact 410-365-3773, Kelly Williamson, or Mark Sykes,

Spring Registration – AYRA Baseball and Softball

Practice and games held locally on Southern Howard County ball fields. Season begins April 1 and games run until June 16. Ages 5-6 $99; Ages 7-8 $109; Ages 9-10 $136; Ages 11-12 $159.

Please visit for more information and registration.

Alternative Spring Break – Howard EcoWorks

Employment opportunities for young adults in Howard County, HEW is hosting an Alternative Spring Break for individuals aged 16-25. Participants can volunteer to spend one or more days over Spring Break (3/30; 4/2 and 4/3) giving back to their community. For more information, call 443-518-7665 or send an email to Find out more and fill a form to sign up

Running Program – Let Me Run

Running program for 4th-8th grade boys, registration at Waterloo ES is now open, spring season starts Mon., Apr. 9 and meets Mondays and Fridays after school from 4:00-5:15 p.m., and ends with a 5k race on Sat., June 9. To learn more and register at Questions? Email:

Spring 2018 Rec Program – Ellicott City Soccer Club

Meets on Wednesdays and Saturdays, Apr. 11, Trinity School 4985 Ilchester Rd, Ellicott City, MD. Tot Program: $169 for 6 weeks, 2x/week training, House Rec League Program: $189 for 6 weeks, 2x/week training. Register online at

2018 Spring Registration – i9 Sports

Programs begin Apr. 14 at Waterloo ES and Apr. 15 at Longfellow ES and runs 6-7 weeks. For more information and to register visit our website: or call us at 443-485-4202.

Spring 2018 Special Needs Clinic – Ellicott City Soccer Club

FREE program that helps further develop youth physically, mentally and emotionally. Fri, April 13, 6:00-6:45 p.m., Chapelgate Christian Academy Stadium Fields. Register online at

Biz Kids Market Day – Le’Chic Academy Foundation

Le’Chic invites students (Ages 5-18), to participate in our annual Young Entrepreneur’s “Biz Kidz” Market Day, Shark Tank Competition & Award Ceremony, Sat., Apr. 21, 12:00 p.m. This year’s event is in celebration of our 2018 Biz StartUp Kidz Comcast TV Show launch. 
For information and registration, contact Dr. Jackson at 410-530-4876 or visit

Annual Yard Sale – North Laurel Community Center

Sat., Apr. 28, 8 a.m.-12 p.m., 9411 Whiskey Bottom Rd, Laurel, MD.

Spaces are full-sized vertical parking spaces (9′ x 17′) and are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Reservations required at least one week prior to the event. This is an outdoor event. Sellers can purchase a space for $15.00.
 Register to sell

Volunteers Needed – HC Drugfree

Clean out HC DrugFree is looking for adult and student volunteers for the next convenient drive-thru prescription and over-the-counter medication and “sharps” (needles, syringes and EpiPens) collection to be held on Sat., Apr. 28, 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. in the Wilde Lake Village Center parking lot. Wear your school’s spirit wear, scout uniform, or church group attire. For more information, contact

CPR Across Howard County – Howard County General Hospital

CPR across Howard County, Sat., Apr. 28, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m., Wellness Center, Medical Pavilion, Suite 100, 10710 Charter Drive, Columbia, MD. Contact 410-740-7601 or visit our website,

Annual Howard County Invitational Swim Meet – Columbia Aquatics

The Columbia Clippers Annual Howard County Invitational Swim Meet, Sun., April 30, Howard Community College

Questions? Want more information? Please email

SAC Juniors Program – Soccer Association of Columbia

Fun-filled introduction to Soccer, SAC offers six, one-hour weekday or weekend sessions for ages 3-4 throughout the year in Howard County, topics include, body awareness, agility, balance and ball control. To register go to For more information about any of our programs, contact

2018 Clinic Season – Soccer Association of Columbia

The league is open to players with birth years 2012 and 2013. Gender based teams meet for eight weeks on Saturday mornings and focus on skills, teamwork and the basics of soccer beginning in April. For more information about any of our programs, contact

Spring 2018 Recreation Season – Soccer Association of Columbia

The league is open to players from ages 6 to 14. Teams meet for eight weeks for practices and weekend games beginning in April. For more information about any of our programs, contact

Spring 2018 Recreation High School Season – Soccer Association of Columbia

The league is open to players from ages 14 to 18. Teams meet for eight weeks for weekend games beginning in April. For more information about any of our programs, contact

Spring Rec Soccer – Thunder Soccer Club

Registration is now open. Practices will be held on Wednesdays and games on the weekends. For more information visit our website:

After School Cheerleading – SUPERSQUADS

Cheerleading teams are starting soon for a 12-week session right after school once a week. Learn cheers, dances, tumbling, building & more. Register at or contact us at 410-796-2244 or

5K Walk, Breathe Deep Columbia – LUNGevity Foundation

Sat. May 5, Lakefront Plaza, Columbia, MD., 5K walk to raise money for lung cancer research through LUNGevity Foundation, Columbia.

21st Annual Walk for Our Stars – Cedar Lane School

Sat. May 5, 10:00 a.m., Cedar Lane School. Come help us celebrate our school, our community, and most importantly our Stars. All money raised will be used to enrich the lives of our students with significant special needs and our staff. Please support The Walk and help those who can’t walk, learn to stand on their own and those who can’t speak, find their voice. For more information please contact Cedar Lane School at 410-888-8800 or Also check us out on Facebook: Walk for Our Stars.

Youth Summit – Pearl Foundation

Crossing Boundaries: Who am I?, Sat., May 5, 8:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m., Oakland Mills High School

Free to Middle and High School Students

Organized by Pearl Foundation, Inc., in collaboration with BSAP and Community Outreach and Engagement of HCPSS. Collaborators from Howard County Fraternal organizations.

Visit our eventbrite or

Family Fun Fest – Voices for Children

Sun., May 6, 1-4 p.m., Burleigh Manor Animal Sanctuary, 3950 White Rose Way, Ellicott City. To benefit Voices for Children, Howard County’s Court Appointed Special Advocate Program $10/individual, $25/family (Food and drinks available for purchase). Tickets available at or at the event. For more information, please call 410-740-0933.

Theatre Classes & Summer Camps – Columbia Center for Theatrical Arts

Summer Theatre Camps:

JA SUPER Summer Camp – Junior Achievement of Central Maryland

JA SUPER Summer Camp runs June 25 – 29 from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. at JA’s headquarters at 10711 Red Run Blvd., Suite 110, Owings Mills, MD. Admission is $250, which includes a camp T-shirt, enrichment materials and fun souvenirs from the JA BizTown shops. For more information or to register visit here or contact Rebecca Golloub at or 410-753-3292.

Youth Baseball Camp – UMBC

Camps will be 6/18 – 6/22; 6/25 – 6/29; 7/9 – 7/13; 7/16 – 7/20; 7/23 – 7/27 and 7/30 – 8/3.

Ages 6-12, $355/week, Lunch provided, Before and after care available. For addition information, visit