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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.

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 mdchildfamilylab@gmail.com or call 301-405-0009 for more information or to schedule a visit.

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 Admin@hcdrugfree.org

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, dawn.sinclair@maryland.gov.

Introduction to Self Defense Principles-Howard Community College

A discussion with limited practice that will provide situational awareness and techniques to protect yourself in a world of distractions. Thursdays, Jan. 18-Feb. 8, 6:30-8:30pm, OMHS. For more information, contact HCC or call Rosemary Muir at 443-518-4404

2018 “Children On Board” Preschool/Child Care Information Fair – Howard County Government

Sat., Jan. 20, 1-4 p.m., Ten Oaks Ballroom, 5000 Signal Bell Lane, Clarksville, MD.

The 2018 Preschool/Child Care Information Fair, “Children On Board,” Admission is free; Attendees are asked to bring a non-perishable food item or unopened diapers to donate to the Howard County Food/Diaper Bank.

Free flu shots will be given to anyone 3 years old or older. The new 2018 Parent’s Guide to Howard County will be distributed at the event free of charge. For more information about the Fair, contact the Howard County Office of Children and Families at either 410-313-1940 or via e-mail at children@howardcountymd.gov

Information Meeting for Parents and Students – Project Access

Join us to learn more about our award-winning program during our general information session on Sat., Jan. 20, (SNOW DATE: Jan. 27,) 10 a.m.-1:00 p.m., Howard Community College campus. Project Access supports college bound high school aged students with disabilities in their transition into post-secondary education. No Registration required. For more information contact Dianne Nagle, Associate Director, Project Access at 443-518-4625 or visit our website.

Teen Advisory Council (TAC) Meetings HC DrugFree’s

Meeting, Mon., Jan. 22 and Mon., Feb., 26, 5:30 p.m.-7 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 http://www.hcdrugfree.org/ and teens must RSVP to Admin@hcdrugfree.org before each meeting.

Zentangle Inspired Art – Howard Community College

Use creativity and repetitive patterns with the Zentangle method to design paper for notebook covers, stationary, or framed art. Tuesdays, January 23-February 27, 6:30-9:30 p.m., at CHS, 6:30-9 p.m. For more information, contact HCC or call Rosemary Muir at 443-518-4404.

SAT Prep – Howard Community College

A five-week exam prep class. You may register for the day-long two-part course, or the morning verbal or the afternoon math sections. Offered Saturdays, January 27-February 24, 9:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at HCC. For more information, contact HCC or call Elizabeth Watson at 443-518-4102.

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, January 27, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., at the Laurel College Center. For more information, contact HCC 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, January 27-February 3, 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., at HCC. For more information, contact HCC or call Rosemary Muir at 443-518-4404.

Substance Use and Its Impact on Academic Achievement and Mental Health – HC Drugfree

All parents and high school and middle school students are encouraged to attend Jan. 30, 7:00 p.m., Howard High School. This research-based program will be presented by Dr. Amelia Arria, the Director of the Center on Young Adult Health and Development at the University of Maryland, School of Public Health. This program is in partnership with HC DrugFree, Howard High School PTSA, and Bonnie Branch Middle School PTA. If schools close on Jan. 30, the program will be held on Feb. 27.

Environmental Learning and Leadership Institute – Howard Community College

A great opportunity to visit NASA, NOAA, UMD and other agencies to have briefings on global climate change and ways to sustain change and leave a positive environmental legacy. Thursdays, February 1-March 22, 8:45 a.m.-4:00 p.m., Belmont Conference Center. For more information contact HCC or call Rosemary Muir at 443-518-4404.

Milkshakes Music Night – KidsSpace 


All Ages, 
February 3, 
5:00 p.m.,
 $10 per ticket
. Join our CG KidSpace staff for a night of music and family fun. Dance and sing-along to feel good music with your family and friends. This event is for kids of all ages, tickets on sale at Columbia Gym or online. Ticket includes concert event and activities in Youth Arena with KidSpace staff during intermission.

Praxis Core Review: Math Test – Howard Community College

Conditional teachers and teacher education majors will benefit from this course. Passing scores are required for an AAT degree, admission to a four-year teacher education program and MD teacher certification. Mondays, February 5-March 26, 6:00-7:20 p.m. HCC. For more information, contact HCC or call Kim Bohnet at 443-518-4982.

Personal Makeup for Beginners – Howard Community College

Learn to apply makeup that is healthy for your skin and will last all day. Bring your own products and practice how to look your best. Sat, February 10, 9:30-12:30, Laurel College Center. For more information, contact HCC or call Rosemary Muir at 443-518-4404

Intro to Piano – Howard County Recreation and Parks

Learn to play the piano in this introductory class. Play a variety of musical to gain confidence and develop musical skills. Learn and practice on your own keyboard. Must have access to a keyboard to practice on outside class. (No class 2/17.) Info: William Banks, 410-313-4609 or wbanks@howardcountymd.gov

Voice – Howard County Recreation and Parks

Learn music theory, vocal techniques, and rhythmic and harmonic reading. Enjoy the spotlight as you perform for an audience and showcase your new talents. No experience necessary. Everyone has a voice, what’s yours? (No class 2/17). Info: William Banks, 410-313-4609 or wbanks@howardcountymd.gov

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 our website for more details and http://www.hcdrugfree.org/hoco-filmfest/ 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. Preregistration is encouraged, but not required. Info: William Banks, 410-313-4609 or wbanks@howardcountymd.gov

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 Calahan. Saturdays, March 3-March 10, 9:30-1:30 p.m. at HCC. For more information, contact HCC or call Rosemary Muir at 443-518-4404.

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: Jan. 29 – Miller Branch Library, 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 http://www.leadershiphc.org/ or email Meg Ignacio mignacio@leadershiphc.org

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, March 15, 6:30-9:30 p.m., OMHS. For more information contact HCC or call Rosemary Muir at 443-518-4404.

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 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 www.bizkidz.us

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 http://www.sackick.com/home/. For more information about any of our programs, contact asksac@sac-hc.org

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 asksac@sac-hc.org

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 asksac@sac-hc.org

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 asksac@sac-hc.org

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: www.thundersoccerclub.org/rec or email administrator@thundersoccerclub.org

HS Student Tutors – Howard County Recreation & Parks


High school student tutors needed for elementary school students at Roger Carter Community Center. Volunteers can sign up for 4-6 week “shifts”. Continuing through the school year is preferred, but not required. Grades 9-12 Roger Carter Comm Ctr, Now-May, 4:30-6 p.m. Monday, Tuesdays, Wednesday, or Thursday (No program on days that HCPSS is closed or half days.) Visit http://tinyurl.com/HWClubTutors17-18 Jennene Blakely, 410-313-4704 or jlblakely@howardcountymd.gov

Schools Out Adventures – Howard County Recreation and Parks

Fee includes activities, pizza, supervision and transportation from Long Gate Park & Ride transportation from school on January 26 may be available for an additional fee.

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 http://www.supersquads.org/ or contact us at 410-796-2244 or supersquadsinfo@verizon.net