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Community News and Programs

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The below community notices are neither sponsored nor endorsed by the Howard County Public School System.

Master’s Certification (MCERT) – University of Maryland

Elementary program enables a student to earn a master’s degree and become a teacher in less than a year. The graduate-level teacher preparation program, which is now accepting applications, prepares teachers to instruct in elementary school classrooms through a year-long teaching internship and meaningful professional development. From hybrid class offerings to strong school partnerships, the MCERT program meets students’ needs, while developing their skills to excel as teachers in diverse classrooms. Contact

Childrens’ Reactions to Movies – University of Maryland

Do you have a 9- or 10-year-old child? The University of Maryland Child & Family Development Lab is doing a research study about children’s emotions and reactions to movie scenes. Join us for a single visit to our lab with your child. The visit lasts about 1 hour. Dates, times and locations, scheduled visits between now and February 2018. Contact number or email address or call 301-405-0009 for more information or to schedule a visit.

Host Family Needed – AFS USA

An exchange student needs a new family through no fault of his own. Due to a change in his host family’s circumstances, he needs a new host family. He won a very prestigious YES scholarship from the US State Department to come to the USA. As a host family, you share your home — and family life — with the student. He has his own health insurance and spending money. This is an opportunity to learn about another country and culture. AFS Intercultural Programs has an active program in Howard County with support for both students and families. If you would like more information, please contact Christina McGarvey at 410-997-7087 or

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 a.m.-9:30 p.m. on Election Day. Please sign up to work as an election judge. Earn $205.00, meet new people, and witness democracy in action. The Judge Department, Howard County Board of Elections, 410-313-5820,

Community Movie Night – Crosslife Community Church

A Dogs Purpose, Sat. Nov. 18, Elkridge ES, doors open at 7 p.m. movie starts at 7:30 p.m. For more information visit

Fresh Produce give away – Seventh-day Adventist Church

Sun., Nov. 19, 10- 2 p.m., the North American division of the Seventh-day Adventist Church will be giving away 25,000 lbs of fresh produce at its new headquarters to celebrate its recent move to Columbia. Howard County General Hospital will be there as well, offering free blood pressure screenings, stroke risk assessments, prediabetes risk assessments, BMI measurements, and more. Located at 9705 Patuxent Woods Drive, Columbia, MD.

Brain-Based Learning – From Classrooms to Video Game Consoles – Howard Community College

Experts in the field of neuroscience will explore brain-based learning across settings including the classroom, social media, and video gaming. Examine attention, learning, and other self-regulatory differences. Explore the impact of social media and video games among adolescents from a neuroscience perspective and discover the relationship between video games and academic functioning. Dec. 4, 9 a.m.-12 p.m., Howard Community College, Duncan Hall Rm. 100Presented by Project Access with Guest Speakers from Neurobehavioral AssociatesTo register:, or contact Dianne Nagle ( or 443- 518-4625) Register for $45 by 11/25/17 or $50 after 11/27/17Visit our website for more information:

Walk to Bethlehem – Celebrating Glen Mar Church

You’re invited to Walk to Bethlehem, Dec. 1, 2 and 3, 5-8 p.m., Glen Mar Church, 4701 New Cut Road, Ellicott City, MD.

A FREE indoor/outdoor theatrical Christmas adventure. You’ll see live animals, Roman soldiers, shepherds, angels and an authentic marketplace. Much of the Walk is outside and is wheelchair and stroller friendly. Margaret Lang, Minister for Children and Family Ministries, 410-465-4995 Ext. 204,

Breakfast with Santa Benefit – Grassroots

Sat., Dec. 2 and Dec. 9, 8-9:30 a.m., Seasons 52, The Mall in Columbia. Children, parents, grandparents invited to “Breakfast with Santa “benefit for Grassroots. Admission is $15 per ticket. Register at

Teen Anxiety; How to Help Your Teen – Howard County Government

Adolescence is a stressful time filled with academic, community and social pressures. Stress tops the list of concerns of most teenagers today. Take part in an open discussion or submit questions anonymously, Weds. Dec., 6, 6:30 p.m., Atholton High School, Columbia, MD. Sign up at

Special Offer for Girl and Boy Scouts – Olney Ballet Theatre – The Nutcracker

Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts are Invited to a Special Performance of Olney Ballet, Thurs., Dec. 7, 7:30 p.m. Olney Theatre Centre, 2001 Olney-Sandy Spring Road, Olney, MD. Please wear scout apparel to the performance.

Advance tickets: $11.35 online.

Tickets at the door $12, subject to availability. For more information:

Community Christmas Festival – Bethany Church

Dec., 8-10, 5-8 p.m., Bethany Church, 3030 Bethany Lane, Ellicott City MD. Contact info: Sherrie McKay,, 410-465-0150.

Party Like A Scientist – Howard County Library

Celebrate Computer Science Education Week & Explore coding and more with hands-on computer science activities. Fri., Dec. 8, 3:30-5 p.m., Glenwood Branch, 2350 Rt 97, Cooksville.

Contact: Lori Conforti, 410-313-5577, Registration starts 11/24:

The Nutcracker – Olney Ballet Theatre’s The Nutcracker

Fri., Dec. 8-24, Olney Theatre Center, 2001 Olney-Sandy Spring Road, Olney, MD, Tickets available online at, start at $27.20. Groups of 10+ receive a discount.

Scout Night, Thurs, Dec. 7, 7:30 p.m. Tickets online, $11.35.

Nutcracker Tea, Sun., Dec. 17, 3:30 p.m. at Norbeck Country Club. For more information and to purchase tickets for the performance, Scout Night, and Nutcracker Tea, visit

Nutcracker on Ice – The Columbia Figure Skating Club

Sat., Dec. 9, 5:30 and 7:15 and Sun., Dec. 10, 4:30 and 6 p.m. at the Columbia Ice. For tickets and more information, please visit the Club’s website:

Gingerbread House Contest – Crosslife Community Church

Contest for ages 5-11, Sat., Dec. 9, 10 a.m.-12 p.m., Elkridge ES Sponsored by CrossLife Community Church. More Info at

Annual Breakfast with Santa – The Other Barn

Sat. Dec. 9, 9 a.m. and 9:45 a.m., The Other Barn in Oakland Mills, 5851 Robert Oliver Pl, Columbia, MD, 410-730-4610. Bring the family to enjoy a hot breakfast, holiday crafts, and a photo with Santa.

Teen Advisory Council Meeting – HC Drugfree

Next Meeting – Mon., Dec. 11, HC DrugFree’s Teen Advisory Council (TAC) meeting will be held at The Barn (Teen Center) in the Oakland Mills Village Center from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

TAC meets once a month and is open to all Howard County high school teens. Forms can be found on the TAC page at

Free of charge. Pizza provided, so please rsvp to before each meeting.

Decorate you own Gingerbread House – Oakland Mills Village Center

Weds, Dec. 13, at 6:30 p.m., The Other Barn, 5851 Robert Oliver Place, Columbia.

All supplies will be provided and you will be able to take your decorated house home at the end of the evening.

Tickets are $20/gingerbread house kit. Children under age 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Advance ticket purchase is required. Limited spaces are available. Tickets go on sale Nov. 3.

For more information, please contact Brigitta Warren at 410-730-4610 or or visit