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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 Fair – African American Community Roundtable

AACR is sponsoring a FREE health fair on Sat., June 23, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Long Reach High School. Healthcare practitioners, experts and vendors will offer healthy food cooking demonstrations; and free healthy food. Professionals will also provide information sessions related to fitness; Alzheimer’s Disease and dementia; chemical peels and sun safety; Sickle Cell anemia; health and mental health wellness. Those attending may also get dental screenings for children ages 2-12; as well as Diabetes; colon and prostate cancer. Public training sessions on Narcan for Opioid overdose and CPR and first aid methods will be provided. There will also be entertainment and raffles. Exhibitor booths are still available. Email for more information:

Youth Baseball Camp – UMBC

Camps will be 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. Emai for more information:

JA SUPER Summer Camp – Junior Achievement of Central Maryland

JA SUPER Summer Camp runs June 25 – 29 from 8:00 a.m.–5:00 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, contact Rebecca Golloub at or 410-753-3292.

FREE Summer Concert – Glen Mar Church

Two free summer concerts at the church, 4701 New Cut Road in Ellicott City. Ken and Brad Kolodner will perform old-time folk music with Rachel Eddy on Fri, June 29, 7 p.m. and the Federal Brass of the U.S. Army Field Band will perform on Thurs, Aug. 16, 7 p.m. It brings a unique and innovative approach to chamber music. For more information, visit or call 410-465-4995 ext. 209.

Theatre Classes & Summer Camps – Columbia Center for Theatrical Arts

Summer Theatre Camp, July 2-13, Mon. – Fri., 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m., ages 6-12 St. Johns Parish Day School, Ellicott City Production: Elf The Musical, Jr. Visit for more information.

Young World Leaders, Social Entrepreneurship – Sandy Springs School

July 8-Aug. 4, Georgetown University (day and boarding options)

This four-week course equips high school students with the leadership and entrepreneurial skills to create innovative solutions to address social issues that are meaningful to them.

Contact: to apply visit: and for additional information visit:

Summer at Bethany – Bethany United Methodist Church

For addition information or questions, contact Nancy Pitrone, 410-465-2919

Summer Tennis – Elkridge Youth Organization

The 2018 season will run from July 9-Aug. 25

Journey Camp – Women’s Giving Circle

July 15-21

Cost and Scholarship Information: Tuition for Journey Camp is $895, including a $100 deposit. Financial assistance is available.

Journey and scholarship applications can be found at and Applications are due on May 15, 2018.

Rising Stars: Session II Camp – Slayton House

July 16-July 27, 9:00 a.m.- 3:30 p.m., 10400 Cross Fox Lane Columbia MD.

For additional information on the Slayton House Theatre Camp of the Arts, call 410-730-3987 or email Interest parents can also visit

Rising Stars: Session III – Slayton House

July 30-Aug. 10, 9:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m., 10400 Cross Fox Lane, Columbia

For additional information on the Slayton House Theatre Camp of the Arts, call 410-730-3987 or email Interest parents can also visit

Learning Opportunities for High School Students – HopeWorks

HopeWorks is offering FREE leadership and learning opportunities for high school students. New Rules: Youth Action for Consent is a half-day summer program running this July 23-27. The Youth Leadership Project meets monthly during the school year for social justice learning and service opportunities. Apply today! More information at or by calling 410-997-0304.

Kindergarten, Here We Come – Howard County Library

This 45 – 60-minute class for children entering Kindergarten this fall features stories and activities to help mark that all important first day, including boarding a real school bus. Cosponsored by Friends & Foundation of HCLS and Howard County Public School System. Classes begin July 30. Registration opens one week prior to the start of classes at each branch. Registration and complete list of dates and times at

Moving Up to Middle School

In this 60-minute class for students starting sixth grade this fall, meet new classmates, discuss the big move, and learn the secrets to success. Compete in a book bag relay and combination lock time-trial! Classes begin Aug. 1. Registration opens two weeks prior to the start of classes at each branch. Registration and complete list of dates and times at

Camp BaltiCode – Loyola University Maryland

Camp occurs July 30-Aug. 3, 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Cost is $20. Calling all 11 and 12 year old girls in the Baltimore area. Camp BaltiCode at Loyola University Maryland’s Baltimore campus is a camp for girls to become makers, coders, and designers. No computer science experience necessary. For more information, please visit or contact

Youth Mental Health First Aid – Howard County General Hospital

FREE – For Howard County Residents only, Oct. 5, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Howard County General Hospital, Wellness Center, 10710 Charter Drive, Columbia, MD. Website:

Contact: Janice Stanton, or visit,

In this class, parents, teachers, school staff, neighbors, and other concerned citizens will learn how to assist youth (ages 12-18) who may be experiencing a mental health or addiction challenge or in crisis. This class is a community course, not recommended for mental health professionals.