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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.

Journey, a Leadership Development Program for Middle School Girls – Women’s Giving Circle of Howard County

At Journey, presented by Maryland Leadership Workshops, each young woman identifies her own leadership strengths, skills, and challenges in a fun and supportive environment. With engaging workshops, fun activities, and a group project that focuses on influential Howard County women, Journey girls leave this program with enhanced self-esteem, confidence, and connection to their own Howard County community. For more information visit https://womensgivingcircle.org/programs/journey/ or http://mlw.org/, or call Anita Anderson at 301-444-8623.

AFS Exchange Students – AFS USA, Inc.

Next school year, some twenty AFS exchange students from around the world will come to Howard County for a life-changing year. Exchange students live in a family such as yours and attend your local HS. Host families volunteer to provide room and board for a student and get to know a great kid and learn more about a different part of our world.

If you would like to hear more about the process of becoming a host family or any other aspect of our program, please contact Christina McGarvey at 410-997-7087 or AFSBaltimore@gmail.com

2018 Spring After – School Classes & Summer Camps – Amazing Futures Foundation

P.E.T. Power! Kid Empowerment Program. Children unleash their full potential with P.E.T. Power. Children learn to create P.E.T.s, Positive Empowering Thoughts that chase away A.N.T.s, Automatic Non-supportive Thoughts. See details including HCPSS locations, specific topics and online registration links at: http://www.smashingants.com/

Swim Lessons – Columbia Association

Summer classes start June 18. Learn to swim at one of CA’s indoor or outdoor pools. Open to all ages and skill levels. Discounts available for income qualified members. More information available at columbiapools.org or call 410-312-6332.

1Blackbird Poetry Festival’s Nightbird – HoCoPoLitSo

Thurs., Apr. 26, 7:30 p.m., Smith Theatre, Howard Community College

10901 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia, MD. Tickets to the Nightbird reading are $20 General Admission, $15 for seniors, $10 for students and teachers. Credit Card orders taken at https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3209754 or by check payable and mailed to: HoCoPoLitSo, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway, HVPA 200, Columbia, MD 21044-3110 to be added to the guest list. For more information, contact HoCoPoLitSo at (443) 518-4568 or hocopolitso@yahoo.com


Annual Plant Sale – Oakland Mills Community Association

Sat., Apr. 28, 9:00 a.m., The Other Barn, Oakland Mills Village, 5851 Robert Oliver Place, Columbia

A colorful assortment of annuals and hanging baskets as well as a few varieties of herbs will be available for purchase. Open to the Public. Cash or checks only.

For more information: 410-730-4610, http://oaklandmills.org/.

Annual Yard Sale – North Laurel Community Center

Sat., Apr. 28, 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m., 9411 Whiskey Bottom Rd, Laurel, MD.

Spaces are full-sized vertical parking spaces (9′ x 17′) and are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Reservations required at least one week prior to the event. This is an outdoor event. Sellers can purchase a space for $15.00.
 Register to sell

Healthy Kids Cook – Off Competition – Every Kid Can Cook

Sat., Apr. 28, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., The Mall in Columbia

Watch 12 finalists from across the nation compete live in front of panel of celebrity judges to win the title of the Healthiest Kid Cook of America. Participate in mini-cooking classes, stage performances, bike-your-own-smoothie and more. For more Information visit http://www.healthylittlecooks.com/.

Volunteers Needed – HC Drugfree

Saturday, April 28, 10 a.m.- 2 p.m., Wilde Lake Village Center parking lot (near The UPS Store and the swim center) Bring your unwanted and expired prescription and over-the-counter medication and sharps (needles, syringes and EpiPens) to HC DrugFree’s convenient drive-thru collection. Student/adult volunteers welcome. For more information, visit www.hcdrugfree.org/drug-take-back-day-1 or contact HC DrugFree at Admin@hcdrugfree.org or 443-325-0040.

CPR Across Howard County – Howard County General Hospital

CPR across Howard County, Sat., Apr. 28, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m., Wellness Center, Medical Pavilion, Suite 100, 10710 Charter Drive, Columbia, MD. Contact 410-740-7601 or visit our website, https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/howard_county_general_hospital/index.html

Annual Howard County Invitational Swim Meet – Columbia Aquatics

The Columbia Clippers Annual Howard County Invitational Swim Meet, Sun., April 30, Howard Community College

Questions? Want more information? Please email howardcoinvitationalswimmeet@gmail.com

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: https://thundersoccerclub.demosphere-secure.com/programs-1/recreation

After School Cheerleading – SUPERSQUADS

Cheerleading teams are starting soon for a 12-week session right after school once a week. Learn cheers, dances, tumbling, building & more. Register at http://www.supersquads.org/ or contact us at 410-796-2244 or supersquadsinfo@verizon.net.

Teen Advisory Council Meetings – HC DrugFree

Open to All HS Teens: TAC will meet on Mon., May 2, 5:30 p.m.-7:00 p.m. at The Barn (Teen Center) in the Oakland Mills Village Center. TAC is open to all Howard County high school students and community service hours are available. Free pizza. Teens must complete the registration form found on the Teen Advisory Council page at http://www.hcdrugfree.org/ and RSVP to Admin@hcdrugfree.org before each meeting.

5K Walk, Breathe Deep Columbia – LUNGevity Foundation

Sat. May 5, Lakefront Plaza, Columbia, MD., 5K walk to raise money for lung cancer research through LUNGevity Foundation, Columbia. LUNGevity.org/columbia

Home Run Softball Tournament for Recovery-HC DrugFree

Join HC DrugFree and many of our partners, Sat., May 5, 10:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m., Centennial Park North, 9801 Old Annapolis Road in Ellicott City. Go to bat for recovery in Howard County. Discover resources for hope and education about the disease of addiction. Food will be available. Open to the public at no cost.

21st Annual Walk for Our Stars – Cedar Lane School

Sat. May 5, 10:00 a.m., Cedar Lane School. Come help us celebrate our school, our community, and most importantly our Stars. 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 karioreilly@verizon.net.

Youth Summit – Pearl Foundation

Crossing Boundaries: Who am I?, Sat., May 5, 8:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m., Oakland Mills High School

Free to Middle and High School Students

Organized by Pearl Foundation, Inc., in collaboration with BSAP and Community Outreach and Engagement of HCPSS. Collaborators from Howard County Fraternal organizations.

Visit our eventbrite or http://pearlfoundationinc.org/

Mother & Son Brunch – Columbia Association

May 5, 10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.,The Barn, Columbia, MD. Come enjoy omelets, chicken & waffles and more! Catered to you by your sons! RSVP by April 30, https://www.columbiaassociation.org/

Family Fun Fest – Voices for Children

Sun., May 6, 1-4 p.m., Burleigh Manor Animal Sanctuary, 3950 White Rose Way, Ellicott City. To benefit Voices for Children, Howard County’s Court Appointed Special Advocate Program $10/individual, $25/family (Food and drinks available for purchase). Tickets available at www.voicesforchildren.org or at the event. For more information, please call 410-740-0933.

Virtual College Visits – Howard County Library

Grades 9-12, Accompanied by an adult, May 9, 6:30 p.m., Glenwood Branch, Howard County Library System, 2350 State Route 97, Cooksville, MD. Contact, Lori Conforti, 410-313-5577

Registration required: https://hclibrary.org/classes-events/

The Mountain Lions Cycling Club – Maryland Interscholastic Cycling Club

Maryland Interscholastic Cycling League (MICL). MICL provides a fun, safe and high-quality mountain biking program for students in grades 6 to 12. Student athletes train and ride together from Summer through Fall 2018. Join us for an information session on Fri., May 11 at 6:00 p.m., Ascent Bicycle Studio, 8000 Locust Mill St, Ellicott City, MD. Find out more and register at https://mtlionmtb.weebly.com/

jUKEbox Jam Session – Howard County Library

Grades 6-8, Grades 9-12, May 16, 3:30 p.m., Glenwood Branch, Howard County Library System, 2350 State Route 97, Cooksville, MD. Contact: Lori Conforti, 410-313-5577.

Join ukulele instructors for an impromptu jam session to learn chords and popular songs on the ukulele. Bring your own music and ukulele or use ours.

Registration required: https://hclibrary.org/classes-events/

SAT Math Boot Camp – Howard County Library

May 29-June 16, 3:30 p.m., Glenwood Branch, Howard County Library System, 2350 State Route 97, Cooksville, MD. Contact: Lori Conforti, 410-313-5577.

Enhance your math savvy to improve your SAT score. Relieve test anxiety by taking practice tests in a low-risk environment and gain full comprehension of what to expect on test day. Graphing calculators recommended. 


Registration required: https://hclibrary.org/classes-events/

Columbia Neighborhood Swim League – Columbia Association

Check out the program at no cost from May 29 – June 1. Registration required beginning June 4.

More information available at ColumbiaAssociation.org/cnsl or call 410-312-6332.

History to Life – Benjamin Banneker Park

June 9 and 10, 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m., Benjamin Banneker Historical Museum, 300 Oella Ave. Colonial craftsmen, tradesmen, musicians and soldiers bring history each day along with children’s activities and farm animals. The Jubilee Voices will perform songs of freedom, and Celest Swann will demonstrate Native American dances. Free admission with a $5.00 donation for parking. For additional information, visit https://www.colonialmarketfair.com/ or call 410-887-1081.

Rising Stars: Session II Camp – Slayton House

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

Slayton House Theatre Camp of the Arts, 410-730-3987 or camp@wildelake.org. Visit our webpage: https://www.wildelake.org/camp/campofthearts/

Swim Lessons – Columbia Association

Summer classes start June 18, learn to swim at one of CA’s indoor or outdoor pools. Open to all ages and skill levels.

Discounts available for income qualified members. More information available at ColumbiaPools.org or call 410-312-6332.

2018 Track and Field Camp – Crosslife Community Church

Mon., June 18-Fri. June 22, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m., 4:00 p.m., Track Meet on Friday

Location: Long Reach High School, $65 first camper, discounts for additional family campers

Register at http://crosslifeevents.org/trackandfield/

Theatre Classes & Summer Camps – Columbia Center for Theatrical Arts

Summer Theatre Camps:

Journey Camp – Women’s Giving Circle

July 15-21, Cost and Scholarship Information: Tuition for Journey is $895, including a $100 deposit with Financial assistance is available.

Journey and scholarship applications can be found at https://womensgivingcircle.org/programs/journey/ and http://mlw.org/summer-programs/. Applications are due on May 15, 2018.

JA SUPER Summer Camp – Junior Achievement of Central Maryland

JA SUPER Summer Camp runs June 25 – 29 from 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. at JA’s headquarters at 10711 Red Run Blvd., Suite 110, Owings Mills, MD. Admission is $250, which includes a camp T-shirt, enrichment materials and fun souvenirs from the JA BizTown shops. For more information or to register visit here or contact Rebecca Golloub at rgolloub@jamaryland.org or 410-753-3292.

Rising Stars: Session III – Slayton House

July 30-August 10, 9:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m., 10400 Cross Fox Lane, Columbia. Slayton House Theatre Camp of the Arts, 410-730-3987 or camp@wildelake.org

Youth Baseball Camp – UMBC

Camps will be 6/18 – 6/22; 6/25 – 6/29; 7/9 – 7/13; 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. For addition information, visit UMBCBaseballCamps.com