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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.

Support Groups – NAMI HC

Provides monthly Parent and Family Support Groups (at no cost) for caregivers of children and teens with mental health concerns. Please visit our website for location and times at or call 410-772-9300 for more information.

YouthFit – Columbia Association

Is your child overweight and does your family need support with making better lifestyle choices? Columbia YouthFit gives your family the tools to create and stick with a healthy lifestyle. This 7-week program is endorsed by The American Academy of Pediatrics and includes physical activity, nutrition counseling, and life/wellness coaching for all family members. Children must be between the ages of 9 and 16. Families who have completed the sessions have consistently given the program high ratings. Spaces fill up fast. For more information contact Shawni Paraska, CA’s Community Health Director, or 410-715-3128. Also check out a video overview of the Youth Fit program using this link

After school cheerleading, SuperSquads

Begins mid-Feb., practice once a week. Learn cheers, dance, tumbling, jumps, stunts & more plus perform! Register at, or 410-796-2244.

School Research Apprenticeship Program – US Army Educational Outreach Program (USAEOP)

The High School Research Apprenticeship Program (HSAP) is a summer STEM program open to high school students (Grades 11-12) who demonstrate an interest in STEM to work as an apprentice in an Army-funded university research laboratory. HSAP is designed so that students can apprentice in fields of their choice with experienced scientists and engineers full-time during the summer or part-time during the school year. Students receive an educational stipend equivalent to $10 per hour. Students should visit the Army Educational Outreach Program site (AEOP) to find out more about HSAP, to locate a university and to apply:

Leadership Experience – The Womens’ Giving Circle of Howard County and Maryland Leadership Workshops

Presenting Journey, a week-long leadership experience designed especially to help young women in Howard County (currently in grades 7 or 8) with the transition to high school. Workshops and activities draw out innate leadership skills resulting in enhanced motivation and self-esteem. To find out more, visit or join us at the information session at Hammond High School on Sat. Feb. 25, 1:30 p.m.

Summer Journalism Program – Princeton University

An all-expenses-paid journalism and college preparation program, Princeton University for high school juniors from low-income backgrounds. In this program, students learn reporting skills from celebrated journalists, report and write their own newspaper, and are paired with a counselor who oversees their college admissions process. Our application process for the 2017 summer is now open. The application can be found at and is due at 11:59 p.m. EST on Fri., Feb. 24, 2017.

February Free Health Screenings – Immanuel’s Church

Sundays, 10 a.m. 1:30 p.m

Arrows International Dance Workshops & Free Concert-Immanual’s Church

Feb. 25, 8 a.m. -4 p.m., Free concert 7pm.,

Fashion Show: Model Call – Howard County Government

Young men and women are invited to participate in an audition to performing the 4th annual Fashion Show produced by Sean Gibson of Model Citizen Models. Practices begin on Feb. 25 and continue on Sat. until the day of the event (April 1). If selected as a model, there is a $29 registration fee due at the first practice. Preregistration is encouraged, but not required. Info: Holly Harden, 410-313-4625 or

Women in Engineering Dream Conference – University of Maryland

Registration is open for students, adults, and volunteers for the 9th annual Women in Engineering (WIE) DREAM Conference. Sat., Feb. 25, 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Adele H. Stamp Student Union, University of Maryland, College Park. For more information and to REGISTER, please visit

Interactive workshops – Islamic Leadership Institute of America

The Howard County Teen Interfaith Council is holding the first of a series of interactive workshops and open houses. Their next meeting is organized by the teens from Dar Al-Taqwa Masjid, Sun., Feb. 26, 1-3 p.m. Dar Al-Taqwa Islamic Center, 10740 Route 108, Ellicott City, MD. Parents and teachers are welcome to attend. RSVP available here

Supper – St. Andrew Church

Pancake Supper at St Andrew’s Glenwood Episcopal Church, Rt. 97, Glenwood MD, Feb. 28, 6-8 p.m. 410-489-4035.

Financial Peace University – CrossLife Community Church

The goal of the class is to help you achieve your financial goals by showing you how to eliminate debt, save for the future, and give like never before, Mar. 4- Apr. 29, (9 weeks) Saturdays 9 a.m.-11 a.m., Elkridge Baptist Church Youth House, 5941 Setter Drive, Elkridge, MD. 
Contact: Sandy Cook, 410-499-0502
Website Registration:

Open House – Ellicott City Soccer Club

FREE soccer clinic for kids, open house for kids and parents, Sat., Mar. 4, Turf Valley Resort Amphitheater Room. Two sessions 12-2 p.m. and 2-4 p.m. Players will attend a FREE clinic at Turf Valley Fields, or indoor at Chapelgate Academy.

Contact for more information.

Study Skills Classes – Healing Dimensions Foundation, Stressless Test

Now is the time to register for the Healing Dimensions Foundation’s Stressless Tests. The next class starts Mar. 7. The basic fee is just $165.00 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

Under the Influence: Workshop on Teens & Substance Abuse-Chapelgate Church

Parents, teachers and youth workers: Chapelgate Church in Marriottsville, MD is hosting a relevant and timely workshop on teenagers and substance abuse taking place Fri., Mar. 10. Walt Mueller, president of the Center for Parent/Youth Understanding will be presenting. Register today:

HoCo FilmFest – HC DrugFree

HC DrugFree is partnering with the student-run HoCo Film Festival and looking for film-savvy teens to create Public Service Announcements (PSAs) focusing on alcohol/drug free alternatives to dealing with stress. PSAs will be shared across Howard County. The 2017 HoCo Film Festival will be held on Fri., Mar. 10, 7 p.m. at the Charles E. Miller Library in Ellicott City. For additional guidelines and information, contact or visit HC DrugFree’s website at

Creative Writing for Teens – Howard County Government

Mar. 12, 2-4 p.m. students, explore creative writing through poetry, fiction, and non-fiction.

Compose short stories, autobiographical works, and poems. Develop your own voices as authors as well as original plots and character development. The last class features a brief reading highlighting each student’s work. Info: Holly Harden, 410-313-4625 or

Annual Italian Dinner – St. Louis Catholic Church

Youth Ministry Presents The 36th Annual Italian Dinner On Sun., Mar. 12, 12:30-6:30 p.m., The St. Louis Cafeteria Off Rte. 108 & 32, spaghetti with homemade meatballs & sauce (or lasagna if you prefer). All meals include soda/coffee/tea, salad, garlic bread, and homemade desserts.

Tickets cost $10/adult, $5/children (10 & under), $13/Lasagna, $16/Combo Spaghetti/Lasagna & $40/Immediate family of 6. Peak time is 4-6 p.m. Call (410) 531-6668

Silas Craft Dinner – Howard Community College

The Howard Community College Educational Foundation cordially invite you to the annual Silas Craft Collegians Dinner to benefit the Silas Craft Collegians Scholarship Endowment and program. The Chinese dinner buffet will be served continuously from 5-8 p.m. on Mon., Mar. 13, 7091 Deepage Drive in Columbia. Tickets are $45 per person and the Silas Craft Collegians Endowment receives 100% of the proceeds from the ticket sales to the event. For more information or to purchase tickets, please call the Development Office at Howard Community College, 443-518-1970 or visit

Teen Lock-in – Howard County Government

After hours party, Mar. 17-18, if you like to enjoy a night full of music, games, rock-climbing, swimming, movies, food and more, this after-hours party is just for you. Bring your sleeping bag and pillow, swimsuit and towel, comfortable clothes and shoes for sports and climbing. All participants must be checked in by 9 p.m.

Info: Holly Harden, 410-313-4625 or

Young Peoples Concert – The Columbia Orchestra

Young People’s Concerts, 
Sat., Mar. 18, 10:30 a.m., & 1 p.m. The Jim Rouse Theatre, Columbia

Narrator Greg Jukes and the dancers from Dance Connections join us for Prokofiev’s immortal Peter and the Wolf along with music from Harry Potter and Stravinsky’s Firebird. Children of all ages will enjoy this fun-filled introduction to the orchestra. Choose either the 10:30 or 1:00 concert and try your hand at playing instruments between the two performances at our free Musical Instrument Petting Zoo! 11 & under: Free; 12 & older: $15. Visit or call 410-465-8777.

Spring 2017 FREE Special Needs Clinic – Ellicott City Soccer Club

Open to players ages 3-16 years old, Mar 24, Chapelgate Christian Academy at 2600 Marriottsville Rd, Marriottsville, MD. Ellicott City Soccer Club offers a FREE program that helps further develop youth physically, mentally and emotionally by bringing the opportunity of learning and playing soccer to any boy or girl, who has an intellectual or physical disability. Meets 5 weeks on Friday evenings 6:00-6:45 p.m.

Register for FREE Special Needs Clinic.

Lively Arts for Little Ones – The Other Barn

Music for Kids, Fri., Mar. 24, 10 a.m.,The Other Barn, 5851 Robert Oliver Place, Columbia.

Tickets are $5.00 (ages 2 and up). To purchase, visit The Other Barn, visit, or buy at the door. For more information, call 410-730-4610 or visit

An Evening of Columbia Storytelling – Howard County Conservancy

Fri., Mar. 24, 7- 9 p.m., Owen Brown Interfaith Center, 7246 Cradlerock Way, Columbia, MD

Join us for an evening of local storytelling, facilitated by Leigh Tillman. Additional info:

Storytelling workshop – Howard County Conservancy

Sat., Mar. 25, 2-6 p.m., Owen Brown Interfaith Center, 7246 Cradlerock Way, Columbia, MD

Learn how to craft and hone your storytelling skills in a fun, small-group setting with professional storyteller, Leigh Tillman. Become a more engaging and effective storyteller with family and friends, in your community, and at work. Cost: $75

Columbia Clippers – Columbia Association

Come to an informational meeting on Mar. 27, 7 p.m., at the Columbia Aquatics Office, located at 9450 Gerwig Lane. Annual Howard County Invitational Swim Meet, Sun., Apr. 30, Howard Community College and is open to all Howard County Public High School Students. You do not need to be on a year-round swim team to participate. Contact:

Spring 2017 Foundations Program – Ellicott City Soccer Club

Open to children (born in 2012 and 2013) and Transitional (born in 2004 and 2005), Mar. 29, Chapelgate Christian Academy 2600 Marriottsville Road, Marriottsville MD,Wednesdays from 5:45pm-6:45 p.m. and Saturdays 8:45-9:45 a.m.

Cost for 6 weeks/12 sessions: The TOT Academy is $149 The Transitional Academy is $179

Spring 2017 House Rec league – Ellicott City Soccer Club

Open to soccer players born in years 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011, Mar. 29, Chapelgate Christian Academy at 2600 Marriottsville Rd, Marriottsville, MD. Team-based, recreational league with approximately 7 players per team. Teams will play other city teams. Wednesdays and Saturdays. Wednesdays 5:45-6:45 p.m.; Saturdays- scrimmages. Times to be determined.

An evening with Judy Collins – Columbia Festival of the Arts

Tickets are now on sale for an Evening with Judy Collins, Sat. Apr. 1, 8 p.m., at the Rouse Theater, 5460 Trumpeter Road, Columbia, MD.

Foundation Program – Ellicott City Soccer Club

Our academies will provide a fun, challenging and age-appropriate training environment where players will develop the skills and techniques needed to become a successful soccer player. Our program is for player’s ages 3-12 years old, and will meet Wed. and Sat. for a total of 12 sessions. The program starts on Apr. 6.

Spring Break Camp – Soccer Association of Columbia

Spring Break Camp scheduled for the week of April 10-14. Both full and half-day sessions are offered. SAC also offers extended care from 4-6 p.m. for an additional fee. Contact

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. Players receive an Under Armour jersey. Topics include body awareness, agility, balance and ball control. Contact

Storytelling – Howard County Conservancy

Fri., Apr. 21, 2-6 p.m., Howard County Conservancy at Mt. Pleasant, 10520 Old Frederick Rd., Woodstock, MD.

Learn how to craft and hone your storytelling skills in a fun, small-group setting with professional storyteller, Leigh Tillman. Become a more engaging and effective storyteller with family and friends, in your community, and at work. Cost: $75.

Storytelling – Howard County Conservancy

Fri., Apr. 21, 7-9 p.m., Howard County Conservancy at Mt. Pleasant, 10520 Old Frederick Rd., Woodstock, MD

Join us for an evening of local storytelling, facilitated by Leigh Tillman. Gain a greater understanding of the Howard County community through personal stories told by 12 local residents, young and old, newcomers and generations-long residents, from a diversity of vocations and walks of life. More information:

5 K walk – Lungevity Foundation

Breathe Deep Columbia is a 5K walk to raise money for lung cancer research through LUNGevity Foundation, and will be held on Apr. 22, at Lakefront Plaza, Downtown, Columbia. Visit:

FREE ‘Birth Year’ Soccer Clinic – Ellicott City Soccer Club

April 26, We will offer a FREE clinic 9 a.m.-12 p.m. at Rockburn Park for players born in the years 2005-2009.

Celebrating the written word – Howard County Poetry and Literature Society, HoCoPoLitSo

Visit to learn more about upcoming events such as the Blackbird Poetry Festival with Tyehimba Jess on Thurs., Apr. 27. Wilde Readings, with local poets & writers, take place on the second Tuesday of the month at the Columbia Art Center, Columbia, Md.

WOMENFEST – Howard County Government

A Health & Wellness Event for Women, Sat., Apr. 29, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.,Gary J. Arthur Community Center at Glenwood, Cooksville.

FREE Special Needs Program – Ellicott City Soccer Club

Do you know a child with special needs who would love to meet new friends, exercise, and learn to play soccer? Ellicott City Soccer Club offers a FREE program that helps further develop youth physically, mentally and emotionally by bringing the opportunity of learning and playing soccer to any boy or girl, who has an intellectual or physical disability.

Spring 2017 Soccer Programs – Soccer Association of Columbia

Spring 2017 season for the Clinic, Recreational and Recreational High School programs. Leagues are open to players with birth years from 1998 to 2012. Gender based teams meet for eight weeks beginning in April. Go to to register.

Young Entrepreneurs’s – Le’Chic Academy Foundation

Invites students, ages 5-18, to participate in our annual Young Entrepreneur’s “Biz Kidz” Business Startup Workshop, Vendor Outdoor Market Day, “Dress For Success” Fashion Show and Award Reception (June 3-4, 2017). For online registration and detailed information, please call 410-530-4876 or visit

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 afterschool program here:,

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

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
. Website Registration: