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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.

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

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:

Middle and High School Parent Forum – HC DrugFree

Reservoir High School and HC DrugFree are partnering to hold a middle and high school parent forum on Tuesday, Apr. 17, 7:00 p.m. in the school’s atrium. Free. Open to the public. Students welcome, but this program is for parents. Come hear what Howard County youth told HC DrugFree in recent focus groups.

Family Game Night – Crosslife Community Church

Fri, Apr. 20, 7:00-8:30 p.m., wacky and fun games for the whole family, free ice cream and prizes.

Everyone welcome, come one, come all. Elkridge Elementary Cafeteria,

Lively Arts for Little Ones – Oakland Mills Community Association

Oh Susannah, Fri., Apr. 20, 10:00 a.m., The Other Barn in Oakland Mills, 5851 Robert Oliver Pl, Columbia, MD

Call 410-730-4610 for more information or visit, Join us on Facebook for updates from the Oakland Mills Village.

Biz Kids Market Day – Le’Chic Academy Foundation

Le’Chic invites students (ages 5-18), to participate in our annual Young Entrepreneur’s “Biz Kidz” Market Day, Shark Tank Competition & Award Ceremony, Sat., Apr. 21, 12:00 p.m. This year’s event is in celebration of our 2018 Biz StartUp Kidz Comcast TV Show launch. 
For information and registration, contact Dr. Jackson at 410-530-4876 or visit

Staying Safe in Ocean City – HC DrugFree

HC DrugFree will offer Senior Week: Staying Safe in OC programs. Adults and all students welcome to hear beach safety tips and beach-related police updates to keep your teen safe. Apr. 24 at 7 p.m. in Mt. Hebron High School auditorium.

For more information, contact

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,

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

Volunteers Needed – HC Drugfree

Clean out HC DrugFree is looking for adult and student volunteers for the next convenient drive-thru prescription and over-the-counter medication and “sharps” (needles, syringes and EpiPens) collection to be held on Sat., Apr. 28, 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. in the Wilde Lake Village Center parking lot. Wear your school’s spirit wear, scout uniform, or church group attire. For more information, contact

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,

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

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 For more information about any of our programs, contact

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

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

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

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:

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 or contact us at 410-796-2244 or

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 and RSVP to 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.

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

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

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 or at the event. For more information, please call 410-740-0933.

2018 Track and Field Camp-Crosslife Community Church

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

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

Register at

Theatre Classes & Summer Camps – Columbia Center for Theatrical Arts

Summer Theatre Camps:

JA SUPER Summer Camp – Junior Achievement of Central Maryland

JA SUPER Summer Camp runs June 25 – 29 from 8 a.m.–5 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 or 410-753-3292.

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