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Community News and Programs

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The below community notices are neither sponsored nor endorsed by the Howard County Public School System.

Host Families – AFS Exchange Students

Next school year almost 20 exchange students will come from around the world to experience a life-changing year or cross-cultural sharing here in Howard County. Exchange students live in a family such as yours and attend your local high school. Host families volunteer to provide room and board and get to know a great kid and learn about a different part of the world. Students are available from more than 90 countries. For more information, please contact Christina McGarvey at or 410-997-7087.

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 5:45 p.m.-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.

Cost $189 for 6 weeks, 2x/week training.

Register for the House Rec League

CA’s Sister Cities Exchanges – Columbia Association

Teens in grades 10-12 can spend two weeks in July, in Columbia’s sister cities, living with a teen of similar age, then host the same teen here for two weeks. Or they can travel to Columbia’s newest sister city for 10 days with the Build Haiti Foundation’s Global Leadership Program. Application deadline has been extended to Mar. 31 Program fees are $700 (CA resident) or $850 (non-CA resident) plus airfare. Application Packet or more information, go to or contact Laura Smit at 410-715-3162 or

Spring Ice Show – The Gardens Figure Skating Club

Annual Spring Ice Show, Shrek on Ice with 4 shows, Apr. 1, 1 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Apr. 2, 1 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. at the Gardens Ice House Patrick Arena, 13800 Old Gunpowder Road, Laurel MD. Tickets will be on sale at the door for $12 for general admission with a limited number of special reserved seats available for $20. General admission tickets are available online for $13 at Children under 3 are admitted for free.

Math is Magical – Howard County Government

2017 Children’s Discovery Fair, Sat., Apr. 1, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Cradlerock Elementary School, 6700 Cradlerock Way, Columbia, MD. This free event will include hands-on activities relating to preschool mathematical concepts.. Please bring a non-perishable donation for the Howard County Food Bank. A dental van will be on-site for free dental screenings for children ages 2-12 years old. This event is part of the “Launch into Learning” school readiness initiative and is sponsored by the Howard County Early Childhood Advisory Council. For more information, call 410-313-1940 or e-mail

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. Additional information:

Soup’r Sundae – Grassroots

All the soup and ice cream you can eat is available at Soup’r Sundae, the annual fundraiser for Grassroots Crisis Intervention Center, on Sun., Apr. 2, 12-3 p.m., Wilde Lake High School cafeteria, 5460 Trumpeter Road, Columbia. Tickets are $20 for adults, $5 for children under 12. Purchase at or at the door., 410-730-0316.

5K and Family Fun Run/Walk – FIRN’s Inc.

FIRN Inc. International 5K, Apr. 2, 9 a.m., Howard Community College, Registration fee varies based on event selected and date registered ($10 – $40)

Additional Information:

Teens Day Out Spring Break Camp – Howard County Government

School is closed, Have fun and make new friends in this program created just for middle school students. Trips to Roger Carter Community Center include swimming, gym time, Xbox challenge tournaments and more. Bring a non-perishable lunch/drink.

Registration closes Apr. 3. Jennene Blakely, 410-313-1693 or

Grades 6-8 Bonnie Branch MS Daily Activity

Baby Essentials-Howard County Library System (Glenwood Branch)

Apr. 4, 5 and 6, 6-8 p.m., Glenwood branch, 2350 Rt. 97, Glenwood, MD. Ages 12-18; 2 hour sessions. Learn the essentials of babysitting with a University of Maryland Extension Instructor. Participants receive a certificate after attending all three sessions. Must attend all three.


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 Egg Hunt-Recreation and Parks

Collect eggs and enjoy prizes, games, and fun for the whole family. This fun event is being held Sat., Apr. 8, at 10 a.m., for children 2-10 years, $4 per child or $11 (3 or more children in the same household) Rockburn ES, Registration is required by Apr. 5. For more information, please contact Dave Grabowski at

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. $75. Learn more:

5K 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.


20th Annual Walk for Our Stars – Cedar Lane School

Come help us celebrate our school, our community, and most importantly our Stars. This festive event will include a fun, non-competitive walk, games, and food, Sat. Apr. 22, 10 a.m.

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

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

Apr. 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

CPR Across Howard County – Howard County General Hospital

FREE CPR class, Sat. Apr. 29, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.,Howard County General Hospital Center, 10710 Charter Drive, Columbia, MD. This class is open to anyone ages 12 and over. Participants will be taught adult and child CPR, how to clear an obstructed airway and the basics on using an AED. To register or call 410-740-7601

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.

Kid Empowerment P.E.T. Club – Amazing Futures Foundation (Smashing Ants)

Bellows Spring, Centennial Lane, Clemens Crossing, Dayton Oaks, Ducketts Lane, Elkridge, Forest Ridge, Gorman Crossing, Hollifield Station, Ilchester, Manor Woods, Pointers Run, Rockburn, St. John’s Lane, Talbott Springs, Veterans, Waterloo, Waverly and West Friendship. Children will unleash their Kid Power at this fun, hands-on program that teaches them how to create their own P.E.T.s, Positive Empowering Thoughts.

Classes are 90 minutes for six weeks (9hrs). New and returning students welcome!

Details, Specific Topics and Registration Links at:

Intro to College Applications and Essays – Howard County Library Systems

The college application process can be daunting, so let local expert Gail Jacobson guide you with successful strategies for applying to colleges and for writing your college essays. Parents strongly encouraged to attend. Ages 14-18; 60-90 min.

Navigating the College Application Process

Mar 29, (7 – 8:30 p.m.) Register:

May 3, (7 – 8:30 p.m.) Register:

Writing the College Essay

Apr. 25, (7 – 8 p.m.) Register:

May 20, (3:30 – 4:30 p.m.) Register:

Basket BINGO – Neighbor Ride

Join Neighbor Ride at FOP Lodge #69 (near Old Ellicott City) on Sat., May 6, for our 3rd Annual Basket BINGO, featuring incredible prizes. Doors open at 6 p.m. / Games begin at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20 and include cards for 20 games. Dinner and snacks will be available for purchase at the event. Get your night-out crowd together, proceeds benefit Neighbor Ride’s volunteer-driven transportation program that helps local seniors stay active, independent and connected to the community. Contact Colleen Konstanzer at (410) 884-7433 or

Family Fun Fest – Voices for Children

Sun., May 7, 1-4 p.m., Burleigh Manor Animal Sanctuary, 3950 White Rose Way, Ellicott City, MD. To benefit Voices for Children, Howard County’s Court Appointed Special Advocate Program $10/individual, $25/family, Tickets available at

For more information, please call 410-740-0933.

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. Register on

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:, or email

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:

Summer Study Skills Camps Start July 31 – Healing Dimensions Foundation’s Stressless Tests

The first combined Middle School and High School camp starts July 31, meeting Mon. – Fri. at the Owen Brown Community Center in Columbia. The next class starts Aug. 7, at the same times and place. The basic fee is just $175.00 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

Golf Outing – 4th Quarter

3rd Annual Golf Outing, Sept. 25, 1 p.m., Waverly Woods Golf Course

For more information, contact or call 443-904-6318