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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.

Host Family Needed – ASSE International, Inc.

Welcome a student from different countries into your home, HS student ages 15-18. To become a host family call Melanie Jackson, 410-227-8433 or 1-800-733-2773, email or

Family First Series – Howard County Government

Parenting series designed for parents and guardians raising children from birth to age eight.
Howard County Office of Children and Families, 3300 N. Ridge Rd., Suite #360, Ellicott City, MD.

$8/class ($35/complete five-part series). Visit for additional information or call 410-313-1940.

Parent Volunteers – HC DrugFree

Looking for Parent/Adult Volunteers, so whether you have an hour a month or 10 hours a week to volunteer, please email only to

Election Judges Needed – Howard County Board of Elections

All registered voters 16 years old and up may serve. You must be available 6:00 a.m.-9:30 p.m. on Election Day. Please sign up to work as an election judge. Earn $230.00, meet new people, and witness democracy in action. The Judge Department, Howard County Board of Elections, 410-313-5820,

Bridal and Special Occasion Makeup – Howard Community College

Register with family and friends to learn the latest techniques to enhance your natural features for any special occasion. Bring your own beauty supplies and let an experienced cosmetologist guide you. Sat, Jan 27, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., at the Laurel College Center. For more information, visit or call Rosemary Muir at 443-518-4404.

Digital Camera Basics – Howard Community College

Learn digital operations, photographic principles and get hands on experience with your camera. Instructor Walt Calahan is a professional photographer who will guide you create better photographs with enhanced techniques. Saturdays, Jan 27-Feb 3, 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., at HCC. For more information, visit or call Rosemary Muir at 443-518-4404.

Celebrate Girls – GOTR Central Maryland

Sat., Jan. 27, Athleta at the Mall in Columbia will be hosting a Shop for a Cause and Athleta Girl Launch Party to benefit Girls on the Run of Central Maryland. This FREE event will take place from 1:00-5:00 p.m., and will include an Athleta G!rl fashion show at 2:00 p.m., raffles, prizes, and more! For more information, visit or call 443-583-7740.

FGO Club’s Annual Lock-In – Columbia Association

Feb., 15-16, 6:00 p.m.-9:30 a.m. (there’s no school on the 16th (Friday) or the 19th (Monday)

An Outing (TBA) for FGO Club members on Thurs. evening. Each participant is able to invite 1 guest to participate in the lock in and activities. Each guest must have a completed registration. All participants, including guest, must sign up to bring an item to share with the group. We’ll provide dinner and a continental breakfast. Additional information, visit

Schools Out Nature Program-Howard County Conservancy

Parents, do you need a place to send your child on scheduled days off school? Bring them to the Howard County Conservancy for a School’s Out Nature Program. With 2 locations conveniently located in Woodstock and Elkridge, space is available for Feb. 16, Mar. 30, Apr. 2, Apr. 3, May 18 and June 15. Before and after care is available. For more information and to register your child, please visit

Professor Horn’s Puppet and Magic Show – Wilde Lake Community Association

Feb. 16, 10:00 a.m., Slayton House 10400 Cross Fox Road, Columbia, MD. Email:

Soccer clinic for kids – Ellicott City Soccer Club

Fri., Feb. 16, Cedar Lane Park Field #5 and #6 Ellicott City Soccer Club “CiTY” will host a FREE Clinic – Howard County Schools are OUT. Register online at

Snow Tubing – Columbia Association

Liberty Mountain Ski Resort, Feb. 17, 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Cost is $40 per person and must be handed in by Feb. 13.

A Release form for each student/adult should be filled out and signed before vans leave The Barn. There are also forms available on site. Additional information, visit

10th anniversary performance – Misako Ballet

Reflections on Nature, Feb. 18, Jim Rouse Theatre, more information please visit Buy Tickets at

Theatre Classes – Columbia Center for Theatrical Arts

Broadway Prep, Ages 8-15 no experience necessary, classes Thurs., Feb 22 – May 10, 5:30 p.m. Final Performance May 19. Howard County Arts Council, Ellicott City register at our website at & for more info.

Friendship Skills for School and Life Successes – Howard County Government

FREE, pre-registration is required, Wed., Feb. 21, 6:00-7:00 p.m., Deep Run Elementary School.

Social skills are at the top of the list of important school readiness skills. Parents can have a strong impact on their children’s social and emotional development by helping them learn, For parents of children ages 4-10. All Registration and Questions for Family Institute Workshops (website) or call, 410-313-1940.

Call for Kidpreneurs – Biz Kids and Le’Chic Academy

Six-Week Biz Kidz workshop series,
Le’Chic Academy Foundation, invites students (Ages 5-18), to participate in a six-week workshop series the Columbia Art Center, located at 6100 Foreland Garth, Columbia, MD. The series will run from Thurs., Feb. 22, – Mar. 29, 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. For information and registration, please contact Dr. Jackson at 410-530-4876 or visit

Lively Arts for Little Ones – Oakland Mills Community Association

Mr. Jon Music, 
Fri, Feb. 23, 10:00 a.m., The Other Barn, 5851 Robert Oliver Pl., Columbia, MD, 410-730-4610. Tickets are available on the day of the show or in advance at Visit join us on Facebook “Oakland Mills Village” for updates.

HoCo Student Film Fest – HC DrugFree

Winning film(s) will be shared as a Public Service Announcement (PSA). PSA topic: How alcohol/drug use and abuse effect family and friends. Entries due by Fri., Feb. 23. Visit both and for updates.

Fashion Show: Model Call – Howard County Recreation and Parks

No experience necessary. Practices begin on Feb. 24 and continue on Saturdays until the day of the event (March 31). If selected as a model, there is a $29 registration fee due at the practice. Pre-registration is encouraged, but not required. Info: William Banks, 410-313-4609 or

Splash – Johns Hopkins University

Splash is a free annual event, Feb. 24, 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., Johns Hopkins Homewood Campus in Baltimore, MD. Students are given the opportunity to learn about topics outside of traditional classes whilst exploring the university’s campus. Hopkins University. Registration is open and students can sign up at

Teen Advisory Council (TAC) Meetings HC DrugFree

Mon., Feb., 26, 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 and parents must complete the registration form found on the Teen Advisory Council page at and teens must RSVP to before each meeting.

Holocaust Survivor Edith Cord – Howard Community College

Facing Nazi Persecution, Thurs, Mar. 1, 12:30-2 p.m., SET Community Room, 101, Howard Community College. Community Members RSVP only by Feb. 22, All HCC Students, Staff and Instructors no RSVP required. For information contact Janet Schreibstein

The Great Night Out – Crosslife Community Church

Mark Cable, Sat., Mar. 3, 7:00 p.m., Elkridge Elementary School, $5 Tickets available online, Child Care available for K-5th grade. Visit for additional information.

Bowling Bash to Support the Howard County Food Bank – Community Action Council of Howard County

8th Annual Bowling Bash fundraiser and Middle Eastern buffet, benefiting the Howard County Food Bank, FREE event, March 4, 12:00-3:00 p.m, Brunswick Lanes Columbia, 7100 Carved Stone Road, Columbia, MD. Bring the Whole Family (bowling, shoe rental and lunch included). Please help support by bringing in at least 2 items to benefit the Howard County Food Bank, a program of the Community Action Council. For more information, visit or call 410-531-1700.

From Selfie to Self-Expression – Howard Community College

Give your selfies a more professional look as you learn and practice all the functions available on your cell phone or tablet with instructor Walt Callahan. Saturdays, Mar. 3-Mar. 10, 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at HCC. For more information, visit or call Rosemary Muir at 443 518-4404.

Jump Rope Festival – Kangaroo Kids

Sat., Mar. 10, 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m., Meadowbrook Athletic Complex, 5001 Meadowbrook Lane, Ellicott City.

We invite all kids ages 6 and up to come learn new jump rope skills. It’s a day of Jump Rope that you won’t want to miss. Register online for $55 by Feb. 13, ($65 after 2/13) at

Questions? Contact or visit

37th Annual Italian Dinner – St. Louis Catholic Church Youth Ministry

The 37th Annual Italian Dinner, Sun., Mar. 11, 12:30-6:30 p.m., St. Louis Cafeteria, Rte. 108 and 32. Spaghetti with homemade meatballs and sauce or lasagna. All meals include soda/coffee/tea, salad, garlic bread, and homemade desserts. Tickets cost $10/adult, $5/children 10 & under), $13/Lasagna, $16/Combo Spaghetti/Lasagna & $40/Immediate family of 6. Proceeds from dinner support Youth Ministry activities, call 410- 531-6668 for more info.

Behavior Basics and Managing Meltdowns – Howard County Government

Tuesdays: Mar. 13, 20 & 27, 
6:30-8:30 p.m., 3300 N. Ridge Rd. #360, Ellicott City, MD

$18/person. Pre-registration required. SEFEL is a comprehensive, research based approach that considers all the factors that impact a child, family, and a child’s behavior. Visit for additional information or call 410-313-1940.

Class of 2018 Information Sessions – Leadership Howard County

Applications are due Mar. 15 Leadership U is an exciting leadership, teambuilding, and community service opportunity for current high school sophomores. This four-month program involves a week-long summer program of hands-on activities, as well as involvement in a team community service project. Come to learn more and speak to some of our grads at one of our information sessions: Feb. 13 – Central Branch Library or Mar. 1 – Miller Branch Library. All information sessions are from 7:00-8:00 p.m. Both 9th and 10th grade students and their parents are encouraged to attend. Additional information is available at or email Meg Ignacio

From Seeds to Blooms – Howard Community College

Get an early start on your summer garden and save money with proven techniques to bring your seeds to blooms. Thursday, Mar. 15, 6:30-9:30 p.m., OMHS. For more information contact or call Rosemary Muir at 443-518-4404.

10th Annual Soup’r Sundae – Grassroots Crisis Intervention Center

Hosted by Wilde Lake High School, Sun, Mar. 18, 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Admission is $20, $5 for children under 12. Get tickets online or contact

Teen Parenting Strategies – Howard County Government

FREE, pre-registration is required. Strengthening Relationships and Improving Behavior, Weds. Mar. 21, 7 p.m., Clarksville Middle School Media Center. Visit for additional information or call 410-313-1940.

Spring Registration – AYRA Baseball and Softball

Practice and games held locally on Southern Howard County ball fields. Season begins April 1 and games run until June 16. Ages 5-6 $99; Ages 7-8 $109; Ages 9-10 $136; Ages 11-12 $159.

$20 discount on above prices if you register before February 23rd. Sibling discounts as well!

Please visit for more information and registration.

Alternative Spring Break – Howard EcoWorks

Employment opportunities for young adults in Howard County, HEW is hosting an Alternative Spring Break for individuals aged 16-25. Participants can volunteer to spend one or more days over Spring Break (4/2/18-4/6/18) giving back to their community. For more information, call 443-518-7665 or send an email to Find out more and fill a form to sign up

Spring 2018 Rec Program – Ellicott City Soccer Club

Meets 2x/week: Wednesdays and Saturdays, Apr. 11, Trinity School 4985 Ilchester Rd, Ellicott City, MD. Tot Program: $169 for 6 weeks, 2x/week training, House Rec League Program: $189 for 6 weeks, 2x/week training. Register online at

Spring 2018 Special Needs Clinic – Ellicott City Soccer Club

PFREE program that helps further develop youth physically, mentally and emotionally. Fri, April 13, 6:00-6:45 p.m., Chapelgate Christian Academy Stadium Fields. Register online at

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

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: or email

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

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.

Theatre Classes & Summer Camps – Columbia Center for Theatrical Arts

Summer Theatre Camps:

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