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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.

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

Kids Fit Club – Columbia Association

Join our personal trainers and KidSpace staff for a 6-week kids fitness program. Bring Kids and Fitness together.

KidSpace Members $40 per child. All Others $50 per child.

Please call 410-531-8984 to register.

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 $205.00, meet new people, and witness democracy in action. Contact The Judge Department, Howard County Board of Elections, 410-313-5820 or email

Customized Fundraiser Calendars
 – Lechic Academy

Raise funds and promote your kidpreneur’s business, sports team, school event, club activity and more with these treasured mementos. Orders are now being taken for our colorful personalized 12 month calendars.

For more information, please call 410-530-4876 or visit

Fall 2017 After-School Program – Amazing Futures Foundation

Online Registration now open. Fall 2017 Classes several HCPSS elementary schools. Classes are 90 minutes for six weeks (9hrs). New and returning students welcome. Register with HoCo Parks & Recs at 410-313-7275 OR for more details, specific topics and online registration

Fall Programs – Soccer Association of Columbia

Now registering players for the fall 2017/spring 2018 season for various programs. To register and information for all programs, contact

Howard County Teen Summit – HCDrugFree

Fri., Oct. 20, Howard County Teen Health Summit will be held at Howard Community College’s Health Science Building from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Must register.

Not My Child…Yes, Your Child Parent Program – HCDrugFree

Thurs., Oct. 19, 7 p.m., Marriotts Ridge HS PTSA and Mount View Middle School PTA will partner with HC DrugFree to present a program for parents/adults. Come hear from local experts and get your questions answered, additional information:

Annual Family Fall Festival and Dinner – Elkridge VFD

Sat., Oct. 21, 1-6 p.m. at the Elkridge Volunteer Fire Department Fall Dinner For more information check out the Elkridge Juniors Facebook page, or email, or call 410-761-6633 opt. 5

Polynesian CultureFest – Columbia Association

Columbia Association, in collaboration with Howard County Library System, invites the community to participate in a CultureFest celebrating the cultures of Oceania: Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands on Sun., Oct. 22, 1:30-4:30 p.m, at the Miller Branch Library in Ellicott City. Contact for more information.

Finding Hope: Families Facing Addiction – A Caron Family Education Program

Sat., Oct. 28, 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m., The Church of the Redeemer, 5603 N. Charles Street, Baltimore, MD. Cost is $10, (includes lunch) Sponsored by Caron Treatment Centers.

To register please visit

Please do not let finances prohibit your attendance. Contact Ann-Marie Loose at 610-743-6287 or for information regarding workshop scholarships or any other questions you may have.

National Chamber Winds – Columbia Presbyterian Church

This is a free concert. Winds in the Night, Sat., Oct. 28, 7:30 p.m. Columbia Presbyterian Church, 10001 Route 108, Columbia, MD. For more information call 410-531-2178 (Carol Young) or visit

Benefit Concert – Glen Mar Church

Benefit Concert Sun., Oct. 29, 3 p.m., Glen Mar United Methodist Church, 4701 New Cut Road in Ellicott City. For more information, call 410-531-2324 or 410-796-0290 or visit

Medication and Sharps Convenient Drive – HC DrugFree

Sat., Oct. 28, 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. is national Drug Take Back Day. Join the Howard County Police and HC DrugFree at their convenient drive-thru collection of unwanted or expired medication and sharps (needles, syringes, and EpiPens). No need to get out of your car. Just look for the teens in bright green shirts holding the signs and directing traffic around the parking lot. Wilde Lake Village Center parking lot near the UPS Store. For more information, visit or contact us at or 443-325-0040.

Glass Fusing – Howard Community College

Create beautiful, wearable pieces of art for yourself or to give as a gift. All supplies provided. Offered on Sun., Oct. 29, 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m., at HCC. For more information, visit or call Rosemary Muir at 443 518-4404.

Pearl for a Day – The Potomac Valley Pearls

Invites girls and boys ages 6-17 to come try out Synchronized Swimming with our team on Sun., Oct. 29, 4-6 p.m., Fairland Aquatics Center, 13950 Old Gunpowder Rd, Laurel, MD. Swimmers must be comfortable swimming 50 yards in deep water. Cost: $10.00. Our 12-week Beginner Synchronized Swimming Classes start November 1. For information and to sign up, email Ginny Chadwick at

Battle of the Two Musical Giants – The Howard County Concert Orchestra

A collaboration of Howard Community College and the Howard County Concert Orchestra, Sun., Oct. 30, 4 p.m., at the Smith Theatre, Howard Community College in Columbia, MD. The concert is free to those 17 and under accompanied by a paying adult. For more information please visit

Howard County Book Connection – HoCoPoLitSo

Life, Death, and Social Media, Staying Human in the Digital Age

Weds. Nov. 1, 1:00 p.m. at the Rouse Community Foundation Student Services Hall Room 400, Howard Community College, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway Columbia, MD. and 7:00 p.m., Howard County Library,Charles E. Miller Branch 9421 Frederick Road, Ellicott City, MD 21042. For more information visit or

Stressless Tests – Healing Dimensions Foundation

The combined Middle School and High School Study Skills class starts Nov. 7. The fee is just $165.00 including the textbook. A payment plan is available at no extra cost. To register or read more information, you can email Betty at or go to

Fall Jump Rope Workshop – Kangaroo Kids

Sat., Nov. 11, 9 a.m.- 4 p.m., North Laurel Community Center 9411 Whiskey Bottom Road, Laurel, MD. We invite all kids ages 6 and up to come learn new jump rope skills, beginner to advanced. Register online for $45 by October 20th ($55 after 10/20). Questions? Contact or visit

Digital Camera Basics – Howard Community College

Learn digital operations, photographic principals and get hands on experience with your camera. A professional photographer will guide you to create better photographs with enhance techniques. Sat., Dec. 2 and 9, 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., at HCC. For more information, visit the HCC website or call Rosemary Muir at 443-518-4404.