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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.

Adolescent Brain Cognitive development (ABCD) Study – University of Maryland

The University of Maryland, Baltimore is inviting children (9-10 years of age) to be part of the ABCD Study. This National Institutes of Health (NIH) sponsored study will help us understand how childhood experiences affect brain development and other aspects of their lives. The study involves traveling to the University of Maryland Medical Center 1–2 times a year over the next 10 years. Your family will be compensated for your time. Study visits can be scheduled outside of school hours, including evenings, weekends, and school holidays.

Please contact us by: Email: or 410-706-2223 (ABCD)

Additional information can be viewed online:

Community Athletic Program (CAP) – Howard County Police Department

Drop in from 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Now -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, or

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.

Data Detective Summer Camp – National Center for Health Statistics

STEM, one week commuter day camp, July 31- Aug 4, additional information: contact

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, contact or call 443-904-6318 for more information.

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. Also, if you have any questions regarding this league, please send those to the same email address.

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