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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.

School Crossing Guards – Howard County Police

Howard County Police will be hiring crossing guards for the 2017-2018 school year.

Locations available:

Find out more

Food Pantry – Glenelg United Methodist Church

Offered the 3rd Sat. of the Month, Now through Aug. 18, 2018, Glenelg United Methodist Church, 13900 Burntwoods Rd, Glenelg, MD.

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

Private Music Lessons-Bethany Music Center

Private music lessons for elementary ages through adult, lessons in voice, piano, drum, cello, and trumpet, By appointment, 3030 Bethany Lane, Ellicott City, MD. Contact, Sherrie McKay, 410-465-0150,

TV Public Access Series – Le’Chic Academy

Le’Chic Academy Foundation invites Howard County boys and girls ages 5-18 to participate in a TV Public Access Series to promote their small businesses. Students are also invited to participate in an after-school workshop series. For online registration and detailed information, please call 410-530-4876 or visit

Diaper Drive – The Howard County Department of Community Resources and Services

Diaper drive from Now -Sept. 30. Items needed are diapers (newborn – size 6, including pull-ups) and baby wipes. Open packages cannot be accepted.

Howard County Drop-Off Locations:

For more information, call 410-313-1940 (voice/relay), email or visit

Heart & Sole – Girls on the Run

Registration is now open and will begin on Sept. 17, 2:30-3:45 p.m. The girls will meet after-school twice a week on Mondays and Wednesdays for 10 weeks with the season ending 5k to be held on Dec. 2, in Howard County. Visit to register.

Teen Council Meeting – HC DrugFree

Mon, Sept. 18, 5:30-7:00 p.m., TAC is open to all Howard County high school students and community service hours are available. Meetings are held at The Barn (Teen Center) in the Oakland Mills Village Center. Free pizza is provided. Teens must complete the registration form found on the Teen Advisory page at and RSVP to

English Classes – Grace Community Church

Anyone who would like to learn English as a second language is welcome. Students may enroll at any time, Intro, Beginners and Intermediate classes., Mon. 7-9 p.m., Ducketts Lane Elementary, Sept. 18, classes begin Oct. 2

Contact: Heather Herrera,, 443-542-8870.

Boys Basketball Try-outs – Howard County Youth Program (HCYP)

Season lasts Nov. – March. Cost: $350 per player due after team selection. For more information, contact Quentin Rodgers at 443-924-4594 or Wilson Chan at 410-493-8818 or email us at

Join Cub Scouts – Boy Scouts of America

Boys in grades 1-5 are invited to join the Cub Scouts. Pack 761, Triadelphia Ridge ES and Dayton Oaks ES. First Meeting, Sept. 28, 7 p.m., Glenelg United Methodist Church. Contact Sonia Chapin,, or call/text 240-481-5879, to RSVP or for more information.

Girls Basketball Try-outs – Howard County Youth Program (HCYP)

Students in grades 6, 7 and 8 will be held Sept. 28 and Oct. 3, 7-9 p.m., at Lime Kiln Middle School Gymnasium.

Bring a basketball, water (no Gatorade) and reversible jersey to the try-outs.

Contact us: at for more information

Maximize Your College Applications & Essays – Howard County Library

FREE High School students and parents welcome.

Sept. 13, Sept. 20, Oct 4, 7-8 p.m. and Sept. 30, 3:30 – 4:30 p.m., Glenwood Branch, Howard County Library System. Contact Lori Conforti (410) 313-5577. Registration:

Open House-Congregation Shalom Aleichem

Join us for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, Sept. 20, 7 p.m., Sept. 21, 9:30 a.m., Sept. 29, 7 p.m. and Sept. 30, 9:30 a.m., Owen Brown Interfaith Center, 7246 Cradelrock Way, Columbia. For more info contact Celeste 410-461-5131; send an email to; or visit our website

Practice SAT Exam – Howard County Library

Princeton Review, Free. Ages 13-18. Sat, Sept. 23, 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Results Session, Thurs, Oct 5, 7:00 p.m. Register:

Location: Glenwood Branch, Howard County Library System. Contact Lori Conforti 410-313-5577.

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., Sept. 23, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., at the Laurel College Center. For more information, contact or call Rosemary Muir at 443 518-4404.

Mindfulness Meditation – Howard Community College

HCC offers several courses in this area: Introduction, Mindfulness of the Body, Mindfulness Meditation and Holiday Stress Relief. Saturdays at HCC and at the Laurel College Center on Sept. 23 and Nov. 18, all classes from 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. For more information, contact or call Rosemary Muir at 443 518-4404.

Golf Outing – 4th Quarter

3rd Annual Golf Outing, Sept. 25, 1 p.m., Waverly Woods Golf Course. For more information, contact or call 443-904-6318.

Stressless Tests – Healing Dimensions Foundation

The first combined Middle School and High School Study Skills class of the semester starts Sept. 26, meeting for four Tuesday nights at Burleigh Manor Middle School. The next class starts Nov. 7, at the same time and place. 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

Family 5K and 1-Mile Walk – Glen Mar Church

The Glen Mar Family 5K and 1-Mile Walk will be held on Sat., Sept. 30 beginning promptly at 9 a.m. It will begin and end at Glen Mar Church, 4701 New Cut Road, Ellicott City. This event will benefit the Howard County Food Bank. For more information, visit or call 410-796-0290.

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. Sat., Sept. 30 and Oct. 7 at HCC. For more information, visit or call Rosemary Muir at 443 518-4404.

Open Streets – Horizon Foundation

Open Streets Howard County. Sun., Oct. 1, 11 a.m.- 3 p.m. Dunloggin Middle School and Northfield Elementary School, extending to Dorsey Hall Pool and the Dorsey’s Search Village Center. Visit for more information.

Fall 2017 After-School Program – Amazing Futures Foundation

Classes for Grades 2-4 Start in Oct. – Online Registration now open. Fall 2017 Classes several HCPSS elementary schools. Children unleash their full potential. 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

Junior Achievement Rising Women

Meets on Wednesdays, 5-7 p.m., from Oct 4 – Jan 10, Maryland Center for Entrepreneurship

JA Rising Women is a unique after-school opportunity for female high school students living in Howard County

There is no cost associated with this program. To be considered for the program, students must complete and submit an application packet by Sept. 15. For more details and application requests, please contact Hina Naseem at or 410-313-6403.

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

Host Families Sought – AFS

AFS Exchange Students: Next school year almost 20 exchange students will come from around the world to experience a life-changing year or cross-cultural sharing here in Howard County. If you are interested in more information, please contact Christina McGarvey at or 410-997-7087.

Zentangle Workshop – Howard Community College

Use creativity and repetitive patterns with the Zentangle method to design paper for notebook covers, stationary, or framed art. One workshop is offered on Thurs., Oct. 12, 6:30-9:30 p.m., and the other on Weds, Nov. 8, 6:30-9:30 p.m. For more information, visit or call Rosemary Muir at 443-518-4404.

Writing Fiction – Community College

The first of a year long series of courses on writing, publishing and marketing fiction. Begin a new written project or complete one that you began previously. A Published author is the instructor. Offered on Weds, Oct. 4-Nov. 15. For more information, visit or call Rosemary Muir at 443-518-4404.

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 a.m.-1p.m., at HCC. For more information, visit or call Rosemary Muir at 443 518-4404.

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 or call Rosemary Muir at 443 518-4404.