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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.

Family Food Drive-S.A.F.E. Supplying Allergy Friendly and Emergency –Food Pantry, Inc.

In honor of Celiac Awareness Month and Food Allergy Awareness Week, S.A.F.E. Food Pantry is hosting Family-Led Food Drives throughout the month of May. Please help those with Celiac Disease, Gluten Sensitivity and Food Allergies living with food scarcity by helping stock our dedicated shelves at the Howard County Food Bank with safe food. For more information on the program and drop-off locations, please visit or contact S.A.F.E. Food Pantry at or 443-741-1060.

Journey, a Leadership Development Program for Middle School Girls – Women’s Giving Circle of Howard County

At Journey, presented by Maryland Leadership Workshops, each young woman identifies her own leadership strengths, skills, and challenges in a fun and supportive environment. With engaging workshops, fun activities, and a group project that focuses on influential Howard County women, Journey girls leave this program with enhanced self-esteem, confidence, and connection to their own Howard County community. For more information visit or, or call Anita Anderson at 301-444-8623.

AFS Exchange Students – AFS USA, Inc.

Next school year, some twenty AFS exchange students from around the world will come to Howard County for a life-changing year. Exchange students live in a family such as yours and attend your local HS. 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.

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

2018 Spring After – School Classes & Summer Camps – Amazing Futures Foundation

Children unleash their full potential with P.E.T. Power. Children learn to create P.E.T.s, Positive Empowering Thoughts that chase away A.N.T.s, Automatic Non-supportive Thoughts. See details including HCPSS locations, specific topics and online registration links at:

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 For more information about any of our programs, contact

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

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:

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 or contact us at 410-796-2244 or

New Scouts Recruiting – Cub Scouts

May 22, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Bollman Bridge Elementary School, 8200 Savage Guilford Rd, Jessup, MD. Cub Scout Pack 617 is recruiting new scouts. Boys and Girls from K-4th grade looking for fun and adventure. Come learn about our program and all of the benefits it will provide your child including leadership and outdoors experiences. Visit or contact:

SAT Math Boot Camp – Howard County Library

May 29-June 16, 3:30 p.m., Glenwood Branch, Howard County Library System, 2350 State Route 97, Cooksville, MD. Contact: Lori Conforti, 410-313-5577.

Enhance your math savvy to improve your SAT score. Relieve test anxiety by taking practice tests in a low-risk environment and gain full comprehension of what to expect on test day. Graphing calculators recommended. 

Registration required:

Columbia Neighborhood Swim League – Columbia Association

Check out the program at no cost from May 29 – June 1. Registration required beginning June 4.

More information available at or call 410-312-6332.

History to Life – Benjamin Banneker Park

June 9 and 10, 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m., Benjamin Banneker Historical Museum, 300 Oella Ave. Colonial craftsmen, tradesmen, musicians and soldiers bring history each day along with children’s activities and farm animals. The Jubilee Voices will perform songs of freedom, and Celest Swann will demonstrate Native American dances. Free admission with a $5.00 donation for parking. For additional information, visit or call 410-887-1081.

Swim Lessons – Columbia Association

Summer classes start June 18, learn to swim at one of CA’s indoor or outdoor pools. Open to all ages and skill levels.

Discounts available for income qualified members. More information available at or call 410-312-6332.

2018 Track and Field Camp – Crosslife Community Church

Mon., June 18-Fri. June 22, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m., 4:00 p.m., Track Meet on Friday

Location: Long Reach High School, $65 first camper, discounts for additional family campers

Register at

Theatre Classes & Summer Camps – Columbia Center for Theatrical Arts

Summer Theatre Camps:

Visit for more information.

JA SUPER Summer Camp – Junior Achievement of Central Maryland

JA SUPER Summer Camp runs June 25 – 29 from 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. at JA’s headquarters at 10711 Red Run Blvd., Suite 110, Owings Mills, MD. Admission is $250, which includes a camp T-shirt, enrichment materials and fun souvenirs from the JA BizTown shops. For more information or to register, contact Rebecca Golloub at or 410-753-3292.

FREE Summer Concert – Glen Mar Church

Two free summer concerts at the church, 4701 New Cut Road in Ellicott City. Ken and Brad Kolodner will perform old-time folk music with Rachel Eddy on Fri, June 29, 7 p.m. and the Federal Brass of the U.S. Army Field Band will perform on Thurs, Aug. 16, 7 p.m. It brings a unique and innovative approach to chamber music. For more information, visit or call 410-465-4995 ext. 209.

Young World Leaders, Social Entrepreneurship – Sandy Springs School

July 8-Aug. 4, Georgetown University (day and boarding options)

This four-week course equips high school students with the leadership and entrepreneurial skills to create innovative solutions to address social issues that are meaningful to them.

Contact: to apply visit: and for additional information visit:

Summer at Bethany – Bethany United Methodist Church

For addition information or questions, contact Nancy Pitrone, 410-465-2919

Summer Tennis – Elkridge Youth Organization

The 2018 season will run from July 9-Aug. 25

Journey Camp – Women’s Giving Circle

July 15-21

Cost and Scholarship Information: Tuition for Journey Camp is $895, including a $100 deposit. Financial assistance is available.

Journey and scholarship applications can be found at and Applications are due on May 15, 2018.

Rising Stars: Session II Camp – Slayton House

July 16-July 27, 9:00 a.m.- 3:30 p.m., 10400 Cross Fox Lane Columbia MD.

For additional information on the Slayton House Theatre Camp of the Arts, call 410-730-3987 or email Interest parents can also visit

Rising Stars: Session III – Slayton House

July 30-Aug. 10, 9:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m., 10400 Cross Fox Lane, Columbia

For additional information on the Slayton House Theatre Camp of the Arts, call 410-730-3987 or email Interest parents can also visit

Youth Baseball Camp – UMBC

Camps will be 6/18 – 6/22; 6/25 – 6/29; 7/9 – 7/13; 7/16 – 7/20; 7/23 – 7/27 and 7/30 – 8/3.

Ages 6-12, $355/week, Lunch provided, Before and after care available. For addition information, visit

Boys Tryouts – Columbia Soccer Club

Columbia Soccer Club is an affordable travel soccer club for serious soccer players. CSC is seeking interested players for Fall 2018/Spring 2019 season. Please visit for more information