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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.

Teen Advisory Council Meetings – HC DrugFree’s

Teen Advisory Council (TAC) meets one Monday evening a month, 5:30-7 p.m., The Barn/Teen Center in the Oakland Mills Village Center and is open to all Howard County high school students. Community service hours are available for all meetings and events. TAC will meet on Mondays, Jan. 14 and Feb. 11. To register, please visit and go to the Teen Advisory Council page. HC DrugFree follows the HCPSS weather cancellation policies. Refreshments provided at meetings, so RSVP to or call 443-325-0040.

Royal School of Church Music Chorister Program – Christ Episcopal Church

Learn to sing in a safe, supportive environment. All boys and girls age eight and up are welcome. Choice of Tuesday or Thursday evening rehearsals at Christ Church, Oakland Mills Road at Dobbin Road. No fee to participate. For more information, go to

Teen Advisory Council – HC DrugFree

Teen Advisory Council (TAC) meets one Monday evening a month from 5:30 -7 p.m. at The Barn/Teen Center in the Oakland Mills Village Center and is open to all Howard County high school students. Community service hours are available for all meetings and events. TAC will meet on Monday, Jan. 14. To register, please visit and go to the Teen Advisory Council page. Refreshments provided at meetings, so must RSVP to or call 443-325-0040.

2019 Day of Service – Glen Mar Church

The fifth annual Day of Service will be held on Mon, Jan. 21, 8:30 a.m. -4:30 p.m., Glen Mar Church, 4701 New Cut Road, Ellicott City. A range of family-friendly short-term service activities will be offered. The Day of Service offers individuals and families, the opportunity to serve together. Free child care will be offered from 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. For further information, please: visit us at or email us at

Children On Board, Preschool/Child Care Information Fair – Howard County Government

Sun., Jan. 27, 1- 4 p.m., Ten Oaks Ballroom, 5000 Signal Bell Lane, Clarksville, MD. The 2019 Preschool/Child Care Information Fair, “Children On Board,” will provide parents, guardians, grandparents and child care personnel with “one stop shopping” for information on child care. Admission is free; Attendees are asked to bring a non-perishable food item or unopened diapers to donate to the Howard County Food Bank. The new 2019 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

Leadership U Class of 2019 – Howard Community College

Jan. 31, 7-8 p.m., Miller Library, Feb. 11, 7-8 p.m., Central Library and Mar. 7, Miller Library, 7-8 p.m.

This program is for students with leadership potential, a desire to learn with others, and for those with an interest in the community. Parents and students in both 9th and 10th grade are encouraged to attend. Additional information is available at or email Meg Ignacio Applications are due March 14, 2019.

School’s Out with Rocket Reba’s Science Spectacular – Slayton House

Tues., Feb. 5, 10 a.m., Slayton House Theatre, 10400 Cross Fox Lane Columbia MD. Science Spectacular is a show that focuses on the weather, and experiments will focus on air and matter. See things like vortex fog rings, bubbling potions, and clouds on the ground. This show is appropriate for all ages and is great for a wide-ranging age group. For more information visit

A Cello Named Pablo – Howard Community College

Fri. Feb. 8, 10 a.m., Science, Engineering, and Technology Building, Room 101 Howard Community College

The reading is free of charge, but ticket is required. To Brahms, With Love, Sat, Feb. 9, 7:30 p.m. For more information, please contact Horowitz Center Box Office at 443-518-1500 or online at

P.E.T. Power, Kid Empowerment Program – Amazing Futures Foundation

2019 Winter After-School Classes Now Enrolling, Classes begin early February. At this fun, hands-on program, children learn to create P.E.T.s, Positive Empowering Thoughts that chase away A.N.T.s, See details including HCPSS locations, specific topics and online registration links at:

Free Parenting Classes for Parents of 9-14 Year Olds – HC DrugFree

HC DrugFree and the Howard County State’s Attorney’s Office will once again provide free evidence-based parenting classes for parents of 9-14 year olds. This 4-week series will be held Tuesdays, March 5, 12, 19, and 26, 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Elkridge Library. Parents are expected to attend all 4 sessions. Visit HC DrugFree’s website calendar at for more information and to register. If you have questions, email or call 443-325-0040.

Alfie Kohn, Guest Speaker – Glenelg Country School

Dragon Dialogues series, Jan. 16, 7 p.m., Mulitz Theater and is free and open to the public. The program, Pushed Too Hard—Parenting in an Achievement-Crazy Culture encourages attendees to rethink basic assumptions about competition, school achievement, and the relationship between how we’re raising our kids and how we hope they’ll turn out. Register to attend at