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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.

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

Holiday Breakfast – Columbia Gym

All ages 
KidSpace members, $10 per child, $16 per family
. CA members, $11 per child, $17 per family, 
Non-members, $12 per child, $18 per family. 
Columbia Gym, 410-531-8984. 
Celebrate and discover the many holidays of the season. Enjoy our multicultural holiday breakfast, music, holiday stories, arts and crafts and more! Pre-registration required. Register online or at Columbia Gym.

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 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

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,

The Nutcracker – Olney Ballet Theatre’s The Nutcracker

Fridays, Now-Dec. 24, Olney Theatre Center, 2001 Olney-Sandy Spring Road, Olney, MD, Tickets available online at, start at $27.20. Groups of 10+ receive a discount.

Nutcracker Tea, Sun., Dec. 17, 3:30 p.m. at Norbeck Country Club. For more information and to purchase tickets for the performance, Scout Night, and Nutcracker Tea, visit

Climbing the Ivy – Howard County Chinese School

A story about the joy and sorrow resulted from the challenging and complicated Ivy League college admission process in several Chinese American Immigrant families. Sun., Dec. 17, 2:00 p.m and 7:00 p.m. Horowitz Visual and Performing Arts Center, Howard County Community College, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia, MD or visit

KidSpace Adventure Days – KidsSpace

Grades K-6, Dec. 26-29, full Day 7:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. $55 per child, half Day 9 a.m.-1 p.m. $30 per child. When Howard County Schools are out, join us for a fun-filled day of games, arts and crafts, swimming and much more. Pizza lunch is included. Register online, over the phone 410-531-8984 or at the Columbia Gym KidSpace.

Special Open Climb, climbing Wall – Howard County Recreation and Parks

Indoor rock climbing available for individuals at the Roger Carter Community Center, only $5 for 20 min ($3 for Center members). Wall open 2:00-9:00 p.m. Dec 26 & 28, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Dec 27 & 29 or visit

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

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 or visit

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 or contact Bob Anantua 443-285-3956 or email

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, Jan 11 and Wed, Jan 17, 7:00-8:00 p.m., CA headquarters, 6310 Hillside Court, Columbia, MD. Applications are due Feb 16. For more information, visit or contact Grace Chang, 410-715-3178 or

Milkshakes Music Night – KidsSpace 

All Ages, 
Feb 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.

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 Jennene Blakely, 410-313-4704 or

Schools Out Adventures – Howard County Recreation and Parks

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