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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.

21st Century Parenting and Social Media – Glenelg Country School

Renowned physician, psychologist, and author, Dr. Leonard Sax will present Instagram Ate My Kids: Social Media and the Collapse of Parenting. Dr. Sax will share evidence-based strategies to help parents limit and guide their kids’ use of social media. He will highlight methods that have been shown to improve the odds for girls and boys to develop into healthy, happy, and successful adults. January 10, 7 pm, Glenelg Country School. Find more information and register online.

Movie Night – KidSpace

Ages 4+, 3rd and 4th Saturday of each month, 6-9 p.m., $10 per child, $16 per family,

CA Mbrs $12 per child, $18 per family. All Others $14 per child, $20 per family.

Participants enjoy a night of playing games with friends, creating arts and crafts and top it off with a pizza dinner and movie. For more information & registration on any KidSpace program at the Columbia Gym please call 410-531-8984.

Ongoing Activities – Columbia Gym KidSpace

KidSpace is an interactive play area within CA’s fitness facilities.

There’s lot of family fun this winter at the Columbia Gym’s KidSpace. Call Columbia Gym KidSpace to register or inquire about our many ongoing activities and programs. Columbia Gym 6151 Daylong Lane in Clarksville, 410-531-8984 or visit www.columbiaassociation.org/KidSpace

Childrens’ Reactions to Movies – University of Maryland

Do you have a 9- or 10-year-old child? The University of Maryland Child & Family Development Lab is doing a research study about children’s emotions and reactions to movie scenes. Join us for a single visit to our lab with your child. The visit lasts about 1 hour. Dates, times and locations, scheduled visits between now and February 2018. Contact number or email address mdchildfamilylab@gmail.com or call 301-405-0009 for more information or to schedule a visit.

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 Admin@hcdrugfree.org

Election Judges Needed – Howard County Board of Elections

All registered voters 16 years old and up may serve. You must be available 6 a.m.-9:30 p.m. on Election Day. Please sign up to work as an election judge. Earn $205.00, meet new people, and witness democracy in action. The Judge Department, Howard County Board of Elections, 410-313-5820, dawn.sinclair@maryland.gov.

Preschool Open House – Mount Zion Christian Preschool

Open House & Registration, please join us for an Open House on Jan. 4, 6:30- 7:30 p.m. Mt. Zion Christian Preschool
, 12430 Scaggsville Road, Highland, MD. Meet our teachers and see the preschool classrooms. Children are welcome. Call the preschool office at 301-854-2387 for more information or visit www.mtzionhighland.com/preschool

Health for Humanity Yogathon 2018: Inaugural Event-Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh USA, INC.

January 6, 4 p.m.- 5:30 p.m., Miller Branch Library , 9421 Frederick Rd, Ellicott City, 901-848-3391. For additional information, email mkdivi@gmail.com, or visit, https://www1.hssus.org/sny/. Registration form.

Basic Sewing – Howard Community College

Dust off your portable sewing machine and learn (or relearn) techniques as you create two projects. Wednesdays, January 10-March 7, 6:30-8:30pm, WLHS. For more information, contact HCC or call Rosemary Muir at 443 518-4404

Printmaking – Howard Community College

Create richly layered surfaces over several press runs, chine colle and textured pieces in this hands-on class taught by Sarah Matthews, a graduate of Corcoran School of Arts and Design. Thursdays, January 11-February 15 from 6:30-8 pm at OMHS. For more information, contact HCC or call Rosemary Muir at 443 518-4404.

Lively Arts for Little Ones – Oakland Mills Village Center

Fri., Jan. 12, 10 a.m.,The Other Barn in Oakland Mills, 5851 Robert Oliver Pl, Columbia, MD, 410-730-4610. Tickets are available on the day of the show or in advance at https://www.brownpapertickets.com/. Visit http://oaklandmills.org/ or join us on Facebook “Oakland Mills Village” for updates.
 Lively Arts for Little Ones is sponsored by the Oakland Mills Community Association.

Theatre Camp – Slayton House

Theatre Camp of the Arts-2nd Annual Summer Sampler, this event is free, but advanced registration is required. Jan. 15, 9 a.m.-12 p.m., 10400 Cross Fox Lane Columbia, MD.

Contact Information, 410-703-3987 camp@wildelake.org or visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2nd-annual-summer-sampler-tickets-39253039899

Summer 2018 Leadership Program in Haiti – Columbia Association

High school students and adult mentors can make a difference and experience Haitian culture this summer, July 7-16. The information session for the Global Leadership Program in Haiti will be Tues., Jan. 16, 7:00-8:00 p.m., CA Headquarters, 6310 Hillside Court, Columbia. For more information, visit TheBuildHaitiFoundation.org or contact Bob Anantua 443-285-3956 or email BAnantua@TheBuildHaitiFoundation.org

Experience Europe Summer 2018 – Columbia Association

High school students studying French or Spanish, level III or above, can participate in an international language and cultural exchange program through Columbia Association’s (CA).

Information session will be held on Thurs, January 11 and Wed, January 17, 7:00-8:00 p.m., CA headquarters, 6310 Hillside Court, Columbia, MD. Applications are due February 16. For more information, visit ColumbiaAssociation.org/TeenExchange or contact Grace Chang, 410-715-3178 or International@ColumbiaAssociation.org

Introduction to Self Defense Principles-Howard Community College

A discussion with limited practice that will provide situational awareness and techniques to protect yourself in a world of distractions. Thursdays, Jan. 18-Feb. 8, 6:30-8:30pm, OMHS. For more information, contact HCC or call Rosemary Muir at 443-518-4404

2018 “Children On Board” Preschool/Child Care Information Fair – Howard County Government

Sat., Jan. 20, 1-4 p.m., Ten Oaks Ballroom, 5000 Signal Bell Lane, Clarksville, MD.

The 2018 Preschool/Child Care Information Fair, “Children On Board,” will provide information. Representatives from community service organizations that offer programs and services to Howard County’s young children will also be on hand to provide information to interested parents. Admission is free; Attendees are asked to bring a nonperishable food item or unopened diapers to donate to the Howard County Food/Diaper Bank.

Attendees will also have an opportunity to attend free informational sessions on “How to Choose an Early Childhood Program” offered at 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.

The new 2018 Parent’s Guide to Howard County will be distributed at the event free of charge.

For more information about the Fair, contact the Howard County Office of Children and Families at either 410-313-1940 or via e-mail at children@howardcountymd.gov

Zentangle Inspired Art – Howard Community College

Use creativity and repetitive patterns with the Zentangle method to design paper for notebook covers, stationary, or framed art. Tuesdays, January 23-February 27, 6:30-9:30 p.m., at CHS, 6:30-9p.m. For more information, contact HCC or call Rosemary Muir at 443-518-4404.

SAT Prep – Howard Community College

A five-week exam prep class. You may register for the day-long two-part course, or the morning verbal or the afternoon math sections. Offered Saturdays, January 27-February 24, 9:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at HCC. For more information, contact HCC or call Elizabeth Watson at 443-518-4102.

Bridal and Special Occasion Makeup – Howard Community College

Register with family and friends to learn the latest techniques to enhance your natural features for any special occasion. Bring your own beauty supplies and let an experienced cosmetologist guide you. Sat, January 27, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., at the Laurel College Center. For more information, contact HCC or call Rosemary Muir at 443-518-4404.

Digital Camera Basics – Howard Community College

Learn digital operations, photographic principles and get hands on experience with your camera. Instructor Walt Calahan is a professional photographer who will guide you create better photographs with enhanced techniques. Saturdays, January 27-February 3, 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., at HCC. For more information, contact HCC or call Rosemary Muir at 443-518-4404.

Environmental Learning and Leadership Institute – Howard Community College

A great opportunity to visit NASA, NOAA, UMD and other agencies to have briefings on global climate change and ways to sustain change and leave a positive environmental legacy. Thursdays, February 1-March 22, 8:45-4:00 p.m., Belmont Conference Center. For more information contact HCC or call Rosemary Muir at 443-518-4404.

Milkshakes Music Night – KidsSpace 


All Ages, 
February 3, 
5:00 p.m.,
 $10 per ticket
. Join our CG KidSpace staff for a night of music and family fun. Dance and sing-along to feel good music with your family and friends. This event is for kids of all ages, tickets on sale at Columbia Gym or online. Ticket includes concert event and activities in Youth Arena with KidSpace staff during intermission.

Praxis Core Review: Math Test – Howard Community College

Conditional teachers and teacher education majors will benefit from this course. Passing scores are required for an AAT degree, admission to a four-year teacher education program and MD teacher certification. Mondays, February 5-March 26, 6:00-7:20 p.m. HCC. For more information, contact HCC or call Kim Bohnet at 443-518-4982.

Personal Makeup for Beginners – Howard Community College

Learn to apply makeup that is healthy for your skin and will last all day. Bring your own products and practice how to look your best. Sat, February 10, 9:30-12:30, Laurel College Center. For more information, contact HCC or call Rosemary Muir at 443-518-4404

Intro to Piano – Howard County Recreation and Parks

Learn to play the piano in this introductory class. Play a variety of musical to gain confidence and develop musical skills. Learn and practice on your own keyboard. Must have access to a keyboard to practice on outside class. (No class 2/17.) Info: William Banks, 410-313-4609 or wbanks@howardcountymd.gov

Voice – Howard County Recreation and Parks

Learn music theory, vocal techniques, and rhythmic and harmonic reading. Enjoy the spotlight as you perform for an audience and showcase your new talents. No experience necessary. Everyone has a voice, what’s yours? (No class 2/17). Info: William Banks, 410-313-4609 or wbanks@howardcountymd.gov

Fashion Show: Model Call – Howard County Recreation and Parks

No experience necessary. Practices begin on Feb. 24 and continue on Saturdays until the day of the event (March 31). If selected as a model, there is a $29 registration fee due at the practice. Preregistration is encouraged, but not required. Info: William Banks, 410-313-4609 or wbanks@howardcountymd.gov

From Selfie to Self-Expression – Howard Community College

Give your selfies a more professional look as you learn and practice all the functions available on your cell phone or tablet with instructor Walt Calahan. Saturdays, March 3-March 10, 9:30-1:30 p.m. at HCC. For more information, contact HCC or call Rosemary Muir at 443-518-4404.

From Seeds to Blooms – Howard Community College

Get an early start on your summer garden and save money with proven techniques to bring your seeds to blooms. Thursday, March 15, 6:30-9:30 p.m., OMHS. For more information contact HCC or call Rosemary Muir at 443-518-4404.

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 http://www.sackick.com/home/. For more information about any of our programs, contact asksac@sac-hc.org

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 asksac@sac-hc.org

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 asksac@sac-hc.org

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 asksac@sac-hc.org

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: www.thundersoccerclub.org/rec or email administrator@thundersoccerclub.org

HS Student Tutors – Howard County Recreation & Parks


High school student tutors needed for elementary school students at Roger Carter Community Center. Volunteers can sign up for 4-6 week “shifts”. Continuing through the school year is preferred, but not required. Grades 9-12 Roger Carter Comm Ctr, Now- May, 4:30-6 p.m. Monday, Tuesdays, Wednesday, or Thursday (No program on days that HCPSS is closed or half days.) Visit http://tinyurl.com/HWClubTutors17-18 Jennene Blakely, 410-313-4704 or jlblakely@howardcountymd.gov

Schools Out Adventures – Howard County Recreation and Parks

Fee includes activities, pizza, supervision and transportation from Long Gate Park & Ride transportation from school on January 26 may be available for an additional fee.