Community News and Programs
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The below community notices are neither sponsored nor endorsed by the Howard County Public School System.
Teen Volunteers – Success In Style
Success In Style is looking for teen and adult volunteers to help out with processing and organizing of our incoming clothing items for SIS inventory and boutique resale. Get retail experience at Charity’s Closet, meet new people, earn free clothing, complete service hours. Please download the volunteer application http://www.successinstyle.org/volunteer-opportunities/ teens must be 14 years or older, 301-498-5035 www.successinstyle.org
We Walk for Wellness – Howard County General Hospital
Free community walking program every Sat. thru Sept. 30, 8:45 a.m. (new) 9-10 a.m., North Laurel Park at the North Laurel Community Center, 9411 Whiskey Bottom Road, Laurel, Howard County General Hospital, 410-707-0055, email@example.com or www.hcgh.org
Host an Exchange Student – ASSE International, Inc.
Become an ASSE Host family, make this year exciting and enriching. High school students age 15-18 will be coming from various countries. Contact Melanie Jackson 410-227-8433 or 1-800-733-2773, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or www.host.asse.com
Behavior Basics & Managing Meltdowns – Howard County Government
Learn how to teach your child new skills to replace challenging behaviors. Tues., May 23, 6-8 p.m., East 50+ Center, 6600 Cradlerock Way, Columbia, MD. Open to Parents, Grandparents & anyone involved with children ages 1-6. Register online for Behavior Basics & Managing Meltdowns Register By Phone (voice/relay): 410-313-1940.
Creating Social Stories and Using Visuals – Howard County Government
Have you ever wondered, “If only my child would just LISTEN!?” Kids do better when they know what to expect. Weds., May 24, 6-7:30 p.m., Ellicott City 50+ Fitness Center, 9411 Frederick Rd, Ellicott City, MD. FREE! Space is limited and registration is required: Register online or by phone (voice/relay): 410-313-1940.
Family First Workshop Series – Howard County Government
Join the Howard County Family Institute for a special series designed for parents and guardians raising children from birth to age eight. Participants who complete all five classes can receive a Certificate of Completion upon request. Wednesdays, May 31, June 7 and June 14; 6-8 p.m. Ellicott City 50+ Fitness Center, 9411 Frederick Rd, Ellicott City, MD. Register online or by Phone (voice/relay): 410-313-1940.
Where Does My Money Go – Howard County Government
Parents and Teens are invited to join MakingChange for a lively and informative exchange of ideas regarding a wide variety of money management tools, Thurs, June 1, 6:30-8 p.m., Bain 50+ Center, 5470 Ruth Keeton Way, Columbia, MD. Space is limited; pre-registration is required. Register online or by phone (voice/relay): 410-313-1940
Discipline and Communication Part 1 & 2 – Howard County Government
Part 1: Set the stage for better behavior. Part 2: Learn how to teach children self-control and problem-solving techniques that they can use in the moment of behavior problems. Establish rules and logical consequences for misbehavior that are developmentally appropriate. Weds, June 7 & 14; 6-8 p.m., Ellicott City 50+ Fitness Center, 9411 Frederick Rd, Ellicott City, MD. Any parent, grandparent or caregiver who wants to improve their parenting skills and learn hands on ideas for raising a healthy, happy child ages birth to eight.
Register online for Discipline and Communication Register By Phone (voice/relay): 410-313-1940
Mindfulness Meditation – Howard Community College
Meditation has been proven to have many beneficial effects for people of all ages. June 3, 10 a.m.- 2 p.m., Laurel College Center. Register online or contact Rosemary Muir at 443 518-4404.
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.
5th Annual Howard County STEM Festival – STEMulating Minds
June 4, 1-5, Howard Community College, New Science, Engineering and Technology Building
Over 1,500 students and parents are expected to attend this Free event. Learn about the HCPSS ARL high school programs including engineering program & Project Lead the Way, CyberSecurity, and Animation and Interactive Media. Information Available at: http://www.stemulatingminds.com
Teen Advisory Meeting – HC DrugFree
Teen Advisory Council (TAC) Next Meeting Mon., June 5, 5:30-7 p.m. TAC is open to all Howard County high school students and community service hours are available. Meetings are held at The Barn (Teen Center) in the Oakland Mills Village Center. Free pizza is provided. Teens must complete the registration form found on the Teen Advisory web page at www.hcdrugfree.org and RSVP to Admin@hcdrugfree.org
Mid Summer Night’s Dream – Central Maryland Youth Ballet Company
Highly entertaining and family friendly performance based on William Shakespeare’s play with music by Felix Mendelssohn. Performances are Sat., June 10, 3 p.m., and Sun. June 11, 3 p.m.
Tickets may be purchased online at www.centralmarylandyouthballet.com, by calling the studio 443-472-7772, as well as on the day of the performance at Reservoir High School.
Books in Bloom – Downtown Columbia Partnership
The Downtown Columbia Partnership presents Books in Bloom, Sat., June 11, 12-5 p.m., a book festival in celebration of the city’s 50th anniversary. Readings, panel discussions, a poetry wall and pop-up bookstore are featured. In partnership with the Howard County Library System, Books in Bloom will launch the library’s summer reading program, the festival is free and open to all ages. Register at: booksinbloom.eventbrite.com
Create Floral Wreath – Howard Community College
With the advice and assistance of artist Michele Schroder, create a beautiful, long-lasting wreath for yourself or to give as a gift. All supplies provided. Offered on Weds, June 14, 6:30-9 p.m., at The Turn House Kitchen, Hobbits Glen Golf Course. For more information, sign up on HCC’s website or call Rosemary Muir at 443-518-4404.
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 www.campofthearts.com
For more information or registration forms call 410.730.3987 or email email@example.com
Summer Camps – South Columbia Baptist Church
Children’s Performing Arts Camp June 25-30, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Children will spend the week learning a musical which they will perform on June 30, 7 p.m. For children who have completed grades 1-6. Cost is $80/camper. Sports Camp: July 10-14, 5 p.m. – 8:15 p.m. Children will choose a sport to participate in for the week (basketball—boys and girls, ages 8-12) (soccer—boys and girls, ages 6-12) (ultimate Frisbee—boys and girls, ages 8-12) (cheerleading—girls only, ages 6-12). Cost is $25/camper. For more information: http://www.scbc-md.org
Village of Wilde Lake’s 50 Birthday – Wilde Lake Community Assoc. and Slayton House
Wed., June 21, 5-8 p.m., Wilde Lake Village Green at Slayton House
10400 Cross Fox Lane Columbia MD. Visit our website https://www.wildelake.org/. For more information call 410-730-3987.
JA BizTown Summer Camp – Junior Achievement of Central Maryland
Ideal for ages 9-12, JA BizTown Summer Camp offers a one-of-kind, hands-on experience preparing for the real world of work and getting a taste of the entrepreneurial spirit. June 26 – 30, 8 a.m.- 5 p.m., JA’s headquarters at 10711 Red Run Blvd., Suite 110, Owings Mills, MD. For more information or to register visit www.jamaryland.org/programs/summer-camp or contact Rebecca Golloub at firstname.lastname@example.org or 410-753-3292.
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 . Registration: http://trackandfield.crosslifeevents.org/
EYO Tennis – Elkridge Youth Organization
Our program focuses on girls and boys who are new to tennis or still developing a basic/intermediate level of the game. The 2017 season will run from July 10 – Aug. 26, and consist of the following:
- 7-8 year old league will play on Tues., 5:30-6:30 p.m. and Sat. 8:00 – 9:00 a.m.
- 9-10 year old league will play on Tues, 6:30-7:30 p.m. and Sat. 9:00 – 10:00 a.m.
- 11-14 year old league will play on Mon 5:30-6:30 p.m. and Sat. 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
All of our activities take place at the 4 tennis courts at Rockburn Branch Park in Elkridge.
Summer Camp – HowGirlsCode
Mind, Body & Coding camp for girls entering grades 3-9. Session 1 runs July 10-14 and Session 2 runs July 17-21. The camp day is from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. with supervised drop-off beginning at 8:30 a.m. and pick-up ending at 4:00 p.m. Girls will challenge their minds through coding and robotics and will nurture their bodies and well-being through yoga, meditation, and self-empowerment exercises all while focusing on the arts and creative dance expression.
Registration is open at www.howgirlscode.com/summercamp.
Vacation Bible School – Bethany United Methodist Church
- Week one: Hero Central VBS, July 10-14, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
- Week two: Jingle Jam VBS, Aug. 14-18, 9 a.m.-12 p.m
Bethany United Methodist Church, 2875 Bethany Lane, Ellicott City, MD
$50 per child or $75 per family. Aftercare available both weeks through Club SciKidz until 5:30 p.m., $225/week per child. For more information or to register, please visit: http://www.bethanyum.org/ministries/cfm/vbs/
Summer of STEM program – USRA
USRA STEM Education Center, 7178 Columbia Gateway Drive, Columbia, MD. We will be running a summer program for students ages 10-14 focused on aerospace. The program will run three weeks July 10-July 28, Mon.-Fri. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Participants will work on hands-on projects learning the principles of physics, stretching their math skills, and having their hands at designing robots, rockets, and other systems.
For more information, registration, etc please check http://www.usra.edu/stemsummer/
Questions? email email@example.com or call 410-740-6268 ext 397.
Data Detective Summer Camp – National Center for Health Statistics
Study Skills Camps – 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 Bcaldwell202@gmail.com or go to http://www.stresslesstests.org/
Golf Outing – 4th Quarter
3rd Annual Golf Outing, Sept 25, 1 p.m., Waverly Woods Golf Course
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 443-904-6318
HCYP Girls Middle School Basketball League – HCYP
We are attempting to establish a basketball league for middle school age girls. The league would start by having tryouts sometime in the late September/Early October time frame. As a result we are trying to establish a list of interested players. To register your daughter or for general program questions, email HCGMSBL@gmail.com and indicate her current grade and what middle school she will attend in the Fall.
Fall Programs – Soccer Association of Columbia
Now registering players for the fall 2017/spring 2018 season for various programs.
To register and information for all programs, contact email@example.com
Host Families Sought-AFS
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. If you are interested in more information, please contact Christina McGarvey at firstname.lastname@example.org or 410-997-7087.
Summer Camp – St. Vincent Pallotti High School
Three weeks of camps for rising 1st graders through rising 9th graders in the summer of 2017. Check out our website for camps offered, dates, and cost – http://www.pallottihs.org/athletics/summercamps/
Please direct any questions to Jess Palumbo at CampDirector@pallottihs.org or 301-725-2246 x2219
Kid Empowerment P.E.T. Club & Leadership Camp – Amazing Futures Foundation
Hands-on, experiential activities and motivational animations empower, educate, and equip children to confidently handle life’s challenges with ease. One-week and two-week sessions, 9:00 a.m.– 4 p.m., from June 26 – Aug. $50 REBATE for two-weeks. Spaces are still available. Register online or call 410-313-7275.
HCPSS Locations, Details & Registration Links at http://www.smashingants.com/