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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.

Community Athletic Program (CAP) – Howard County Police Department

Drop in from 9 a.m.-5 p.m., June 26-Aug. 4 on the following days:

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. For more information email

Passport to the Past – Howard County Historical Society

The Passport to the Past Program will be available starting in June at the Historical Center & Archives at the Miller Branch Library 9421 Frederick Road & at the Museum of Howard County History, Fridays – Sundays 1:00-5:00, 8328 Court Avenue, Historic Ellicott City.

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 or contact Rebecca Golloub at 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

Website registration:

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:

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

Vacation Bible School – Bethany United Methodist Church

For more information or to register, please visit:

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.-1p.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

Questions? email or call 410-740-6268 ext 397.

FREE Summer Concerts – Glen Mar Church

Two free summer concerts at the church, 4701 New Cut Road in Ellicott City. Instrumentalists will perform on July 23 at 3 p.m. and opera singers will be featured on Aug. 17 at 7:30 p.m. For more information, visit or call 410-465-4995 ext. 209.

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 or go to

Golf Outing – 4th Quarter

3rd Annual Golf Outing, Sept 25, 1 p.m., Waverly Woods Golf Course. For more information email 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. If your daughter is interested in participating in this league, please send an email to the following address and indicate her current grade and what middle school she will attend in the Fall. For additional information, email

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

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 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:

Please direct any questions to Jess Palumbo at 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 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

Summer KungFu Program – US Chinese Wushu Institute

Exercise with professional training, Saturdays, 9:15-10:15 a.m., 6330 Trotter Road, Clarksville, MD. For more information, contact 301-770-5988 or visit our website