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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.

Kid Brain Study-University of Maryland, College Park

We are seeking healthy children 3-5 years of age to participate in a study on napping and the brain. Total monetary compensation is $240, and children receive a small prize at each visit and a t-shirt with a picture of their own brain. Weekday and weekend appointments available.

If you are interested, please contact The NeuroCognitive Development Lab (NCDL) at the University of Maryland 301-405-5922., with any questions or to schedule an appointment.

Family Led Food Drive- S.A. F. E Food Pantry

Lead a food drive with your family, friends, and neighborhood to benefit our food pantry during the month of May. Children and youth can earn service hours too. S.A.F.E. provides gluten free and allergy-friendly food. Gluten free and allergy-friendly food costs 2-4 times the cost of regular food while also not being easily available at most community food pantries. Your efforts will go a long way to helping S.A.F.E. provide nutritious and safe food to the people we serve. If you and your family are interested in partnering with us, please visit our website for more information:

Host Families Needed- AFS USA, Inc.

Host Families needed for 18 AFS exchange student’s next school year. The students live in a family such as yours and attend your local high school. Host families volunteer to provide room and board for a student and get to know a great kid and learn more about a different part of our world. Students are available from countries around the world. If you would like to hear more about the process of becoming a host family or any other aspect of our program, please contact Christina McGarvey at (410) 997-7087 or

Maryland Interscholastic Cycling League-The Mountain Lions Cycling Club (MLCC)

Rides begin in May and continue through a four race season ending in October 2019. MLCC provides a fun, safe and high-quality competitive mountain biking program for students in grades 6 to 12. Boys and girls benefit from a positive outdoor sport, all skill and fitness levels welcome – no experience necessary. Find out more and register at

Chinese, American Parent Association of Howard County-Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

A cultural event at Centennial Park Pavilion H on Sun., May 19, 2-6 p.m. Ticket: $2/person (Free for 5 and under). Join the celebration with live music, DJ, cultural performances, ethnic food, and a variety of games and kids activities. Visit CAPA’s website for more details: Contact:

Navigating the College Application Process -Howard County Library Systems

Tues, May 21, 7 p.m., Glenwood Branch, Howard County Library System.
The college application process can be daunting, so let local expert Gail Jacobson guide you with this FREE session on successful strategies for applying to colleges and writing college essays. Parents strongly encouraged to attend with student. Ages 13-19. Register: Contact: Lori Conforti, 410-313-5577.

Chinese, American Parent Association of Howard County-Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

Essay/Video contest on one of the two topics: How does Asian American and Pacific Islander culture affect you?​ What is your family’s immigration story? Eligibility: ALL students in grades 6-12 from PA, MD, D.C., and VA. Deadline for submission: Sun., May 26, 11:59 p.m. EST. Products will be judged in four categories: Junior Essay, Junior Video, Senior Essay, and Senior Video. Prizes for each category: 1st place $150; 2nd place $100; 3rd place $75; Honorable mentions (2): $25 each. Contact: For details and submission information, please visit

Colonial Market Fair-Benjamin Banneker Historical Museum

Colonial Fair, Sat., & Sun, June 8 and 9, 10 a.m.- 4 p.m., Benjamin Banneker Historical Museum, 300 Oella Ave., Catonsville. Colonial craftsmen, tradesmen, musicians and soldiers bring history to life each day. The Jubilee Voices will perform songs of freedom, and Celeste Swann will demonstrate Native American dances. Free admission with a $5.00 donation for parking suggested. For additional information, visit or call 410-887-1081.

Camp E.T.C.- Emmanuel Temple Church

Camp E.TC. all girls and boys, ages 5-12, June 17- Aug. 23, 7 a.m. -6 p.m., 10005 Old Columbia Road, Columbia, Maryland. Fees are $165 weekly, which includes many of the weeks’ activities.
Please call 240-603-8306 or 917-414-7280 to get registered or email at

JA SUPER Camp-Junior Achievement of Central Maryland

JA Super Summer Camp, June 24-28, 8 a.m.- 5 p.m., JA headquarters, 10711 Red Run Blvd., Suite 110. Owings Mills, MD. Admission is $300.00 For more information or to register, contact Bristal at or 410-753-3292.

Summer Camps- The Cathay School HoCO

STEAM, leadership, Chinese cultural programs. Cathay HoCo Summer Camps, June 24-Aug. 30, 9 a.m.4 p.m. (No Camp on July 4th). Half day camps for HoCo GT Campers. Before Care, 8-9 a.m., after care, 4-6 p.m., Historic Oakland Mansion, 5430 Vantage Point Rd, Columbia, MD 21044. Contact phone number or email address: (301) 978 – 3918,

Website and/or link to information online, if applicable: Descriptions for each camp and registration can be found here:

2019 Track and Field Camp-CrossLife Community Church

Registration is open, June 24-28, 9 a.m. -12 p.m., Long Reach High School. Go to to register campers. Cost is $65 for the first camper and $60 for each additional family camper.

Camp Oasis Registration – Long Reach Community Association

Choose from four, two-week sessions, June 24-Aug.16, 8:30-4 p.m., extended camp available. Designed for children ages 4-13. Camp Oasis provides a safe, caring, structured environment filled with non-stop summer fun. Visit for more information and to register. Questions? Email or call 410-730-8113.

Summer at The Other Barn-Oakland Mills Community Center

Come and help us welcome summer at The Other Barn, Weds, June 26, 6 p.m. in our beautiful Courtyard. This is a FREE event, 6-7 p.m., face painting, cornhole, rock painting and food trucks
7-8:30 p.m. Bring your own lawn chairs or blankets. For more information, please email Brigitta Warren at or call 410-730-4610.

Baseball and Softball Spring Registration – AYRA

Practice and games held locally on Southern Howard County ball fields.

Season begins April 1st and games run until June 16th.

$20 discount on above prices if you register before February 23rd. Sibling discounts as well! Please visit for more information and registration.

Annual Agape 5K – Building Families for Children

Building Families for Children (BFC) is holding the 5th Annual Agape 5k is on June 15. It is a fun, family-friendly event that raises funds to support Maryland’s most vulnerable children and families. Participants will enjoy professional chip timing, high-quality event t-shirts, age category awards, raffle prizes, swag bags, activities for kids, and more. Visit the event page and use promo code HOCO to save 5% on adult registration

Brothers In Arms – Howard County Coast to Coast Basketball

Coast to Coast Basketball, for boys and girls from Kindergarten to 8th grade, is for players of all skill levels and promotes a competitive and confidence-building experience. Registration is now open for the 2019 summer season. Games take place on Saturdays, July through August, at Clarksville Middle School. Sponsored by the Brothers In Arms Foundation. Register and find more information at

Summer Concert Series-Glen Mar Church

Tues, June 25, 7 p.m., Glen Mar Church, 4701 New Cut Road in Ellicott City. The Beijing Guitar Duo is composed of Meng Su and Yameng Wang. Both won a string of awards at international guitar competitions before they became adults. They studied classical guitar with Chen Zhi, one of China’s most acclaimed professors. With encouragement from noted Cuban guitarist Manuel Barrueco, they formed the Beijing Guitar Duo in 2008. For more information or flyers, visit

2019 Summer Registration – i9 Sports

At i9 Sports, our mission is to Help Kids Succeed in Life through Sports. We aim for our families to have a fun, well-organized, and safe experiences that teach young athletes the fundamentals of the game, healthy competition, and good sportsmanship. Registration is open for baseball, flag football, soccer, and basketball. Programs are available for boys and girls, ages 3 – 14. Programs begin June 29 at Mayfield Woods MS, Phelps Luck ES, and Longfellow and runs 6 weeks. For more information and to register visit our website: or call us at 443-485-4202.

Camp of the Arts-Slayton House

Theatre Camp of the Arts
Rising Stars Session I, July 15-July 26, Slayton House Theatre,
10400 Cross Fox Lane Columbia, MD.
A musical theatre camp for children grades 1-8. All skill levels welcome.
For more information visit

Forestry and Natural Resources-Howard County Recreation and Parks

Natural Resources Careers Camp, July 21-27, Hickory Environmental Education Center. NRCC is a week-long co-educational camp for high school students interested in college studies and careers in natural resources, wildlife management, forestry and arboriculture. Students can apply online at

POWER UP VBS – Bethany United Methodist Church

Aug. 12-16, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. (with after care available) Bethany UMC, 2875 Bethany Lane, Ellicott City, MD
Contact information – Nancy Pitrone 410 465 2919
Brief summary: Children will enjoy Crafts, Games, Snacks, Music, and VBS related stories that teach us all they need to know to POWER UP and raise their Game.