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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.

FREE Pool Party – Columbia Association

Join us at Locust Park Pool in the village of Long Reach, 8995 Lambskin Lane, Columbia.

Registration is required for both. For more information, please call Columbia Association’s Youth and Teen Center at 410-992-3726.

All Howard County middle and high school students are invited to the coolest summer events yet — a free night time pool party with diving and swimming contests, raffles, music, snacks and more.

Youth Baseball Camp – UMBC

Camps will be 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. Emai for more information:

Summer at Bethany – Bethany United Methodist Church

For addition information or questions, contact Nancy Pitrone, 410-465-2919

Journey Camp – Women’s Giving Circle

July 15-21

Cost and Scholarship Information: Tuition for Journey Camp is $895, including a $100 deposit. Financial assistance is available.

Journey and scholarship applications can be found at and Applications are due on May 15, 2018.

Rising Stars: Session II Camp – Slayton House

July 16-July 27, 9:00 a.m.- 3:30 p.m., 10400 Cross Fox Lane Columbia MD.

For additional information on the Slayton House Theatre Camp of the Arts, call 410-730-3987 or email Interest parents can also visit

Rising Stars: Session III – Slayton House

July 30-Aug. 10, 9:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m., 10400 Cross Fox Lane, Columbia

For additional information on the Slayton House Theatre Camp of the Arts, call 410-730-3987 or email Interest parents can also visit

Learning Opportunities for High School Students – HopeWorks

HopeWorks is offering FREE leadership and learning opportunities for high school students. New Rules: Youth Action for Consent is a half-day summer program running this July 23-27. The Youth Leadership Project meets monthly during the school year for social justice learning and service opportunities. Apply today! More information at or by calling 410-997-0304.

Kindergarten, Here We Come – Howard County Library

This 45 – 60-minute class for children entering Kindergarten this fall features stories and activities to help mark that all important first day, including boarding a real school bus. Cosponsored by Friends & Foundation of HCLS and Howard County Public School System. Classes begin July 30. Registration opens one week prior to the start of classes at each branch. Registration and complete list of dates and times at

Moving Up to Middle School

In this 60-minute class for students starting sixth grade this fall, meet new classmates, discuss the big move, and learn the secrets to success. Compete in a book bag relay and combination lock time-trial! Classes begin Aug. 1. Registration opens two weeks prior to the start of classes at each branch. Registration and complete list of dates and times at

Camp BaltiCode – Loyola University Maryland

Camp occurs July 30-Aug. 3, 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Cost is $20. Calling all 11 and 12 year old girls in the Baltimore area. Camp BaltiCode at Loyola University Maryland’s Baltimore campus is a camp for girls to become makers, coders, and designers. No computer science experience necessary. For more information, please visit or contact

Summer at Bethany – Bethany United Methodist Church 

AMPED, Extended day option, Aug. 6-10, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. (AMPED)
Extended day option available, 12-5 p.m., with ClubSciKidz, Bethany UMC, 2875 Bethany Lane, Ellicott City, MD. Nancy Pitrone 410-465-2919.

FREE Summer Concert – Glen Mar Church

Free summer concerts at the church, 4701 New Cut Road in Ellicott City. U.S. Army Field Band will perform on Thurs, Aug. 16, 7 p.m. It brings a unique and innovative approach to chamber music. For more information, visit or call 410-465-4995 ext. 209.

Youth Mental Health First Aid – Howard County General Hospital

FREE – For Howard County Residents only, Oct. 5, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Howard County General Hospital, Wellness Center, 10710 Charter Drive, Columbia, MD. Website:

Contact: Janice Stanton, or visit,

In this class, parents, teachers, school staff, neighbors, and other concerned citizens will learn how to assist youth (ages 12-18) who may be experiencing a mental health or addiction challenge or in crisis. This class is a community course, not recommended for mental health professionals.