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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.

The Can-Teen Club/After school program for Teens – Howard County Government

Registration is now open for our after-school program at Thomas Viaduct, Bonnie Branch, Elkridge Landing, Folly Quarter and Lime Kiln Middle Schools only. Program rate is 5 days a wk/$299, 3 days a wk/$180 and 2 day a wk/$120 a month. Financial assistance is available. Visit for more details. Questions? Contact Ms. Lakisha Major at (410) 313 – 4717 or To register please call 410-313–7275.

After school Programs – Recreation and Parks

The Howard County Recreation and Parks is searching for individuals 17 years or older to be after school Sport specialist and assistants, and individuals 20 years and older to be a after school Youth mentor and assistants. Mon-Thurs, Oct.-May, for additional information contact Ovan Shortt at 410-313-1693 or

Parent Video and Questions to Ask Student’s Doctor/Dentist HC DrugFree

2018 and 2017 back-to-school videos for parents are available at along with the lists of questions to ask your student’s doctor or dentist before taking opioids.

Electronic Newsletter for Parents – HC Drugfree

Sign up for HC DrugFree’s free electronic newsletter to learn about local drug/alcohol overdoses, issues facing your children, free educational programs/resources for adults and youth, and local data. Gain access to a Q & A where parents (or youth) ask anonymous questions and local experts provide answers. Sign up online at and click on “join our mailing list” on the homepage or forward your email address to

Fall 2018 Registration – HowGirlsCode

Afterschool classes will be held at 11 elementary schools throughout Howard County. Courses available this Fall include Foundations of Computer Science, Scratch and Robotics.

REGISTRATION is now OPEN. For more information and to find a course near you, visit

Call for Kidpreneur Exhibitors & Shark Tank Competitors – Le’Chic Academy

Le’Chic Academy Foundation, invites students ages 5-18, to participate in our annual Young Entrepreneur’s “Biz Kidz” Market Day Shark Tank Competition & Award Ceremony Sat., Nov. 3. Girls and Girl Scouts are also invited to participate in our business-growing workshop series, Sat., Oct., 20 and 27. For information and registration, please see the attached flyer, contact Dr. Jackson at 410.530.4876 or visit

Board of Education Candidates’ Forum – Oakland Mills Community Association

Education Committee will sponsor a Board of Education Candidates’ Forum for the eight candidates running for the Howard County Public Schools Board of Education. The forum will be held on Mon, Oct. 15, 7-9:00 p.m. at The Other Barn, Oakland Mills Community Center, 5851 Robert Oliver Place, Columbia, MD.

For additional information please contact Sandy Cederbaum, Oakland Mills Village Manager at 410-730-4610 or

The Haunted Experience – Recreation and Parks

Fri., Oct. 19 & 26, 7-10 p.m and Oct. 20 and 27, 6:30-10 p.m., ages 7+, $10 at gate / cash only. Rockburn Branch Park, 6105 Rockburn Branch Park Rd Elkridge. Take a spooky hayride through eerie trails to the ghostly dwelling deep in the woods for horror that will tingle the spine. Sponsored by the Elkridge Adult Athletic Association. Information: Melissa Byrne,

Happy Haunted Hayride – Recreation and Parks

Oct. 21 and 28, 2-4 p.m., ages 2-7+, $5 at gate / cash only. Rockburn Branch Park (Montgomery Rd); 6105 Rockburn Branch Park Rd Elkridge. It’s cute, it’s friendly and not so scary. This hayride is for fun not fright. Sponsored by the Elkridge Adult Athletic Association. Information: Melissa Byrne,

Teen Advisory Council: HC DrugFree

Meeting one Monday evening a month, 5:30 p.m.-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’s meeting will be held on Mon., Oct. 22. 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. Refreshments provided at meetings so must RSVP to or call 443-325-0040.

Howard County Parents/Guardians of 9-14 Year Olds-HC Drugfree

Attend a FREE evidence-based program for parents/guardians of 9 to 14 year olds to gain skills and knowledge to reduce the risk that their children will use drugs. This is a 4 week program on Tuesday evenings from now-Oct. 30, Elkridge Branch of the Howard County Library from 5:30-8 p.m. Parents will receive a workbook so hurry to register at or contact HC DrugFree at or 443-325-0040 for more information. Program presented by HC DrugFree and the Howard County State’s Attorney’s Office in partnership with the Health Department.

Community Forum on the Opioid Health Crisis – Slayton House

Weds, Oct. 24, 7-8:30 p.m., Slayton House 10400 Cross Fox Lane

Wilde Lake Community Association Health & Wellness Committee will present a Panel of Experts to discuss how the opioid health crisis is impacting our community.

Registration is encouraged but not required. To register click the following link:

Questions? Contact Laura Torres at

Mr. Skip – Lively Arts for Little Ones

Come join Mr. Skip on Fri, Oct. 26, 10 a.m. at The Other Barn.

Tickets are available on the day of the show or in advance at Visit or join us on Facebook “Oakland Mills Village” for updates. The Other Barn in Oakland Mills, 5851 Robert Oliver Pl, Columbia, MD, 410-730-4610

Halloween Dance – Elkridge Volunteer Fire House

All kids ages 9-15, Oct. 27, 7-10 p.m., doors open at 6:30 p.m., Elkridge Volunteer Fire Department, 5700 Rowanberry Dr., Elkridge, MD. Sponsor Organization: Elkridge Volunteer Fire Department. Contact Name: Sukhy Toot, 410-660-1345.

Unwanted medication and “sharps” – HC DrugFree

Sat., Oct. 27, 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., Wilde Lake Village Center parking lot near the Swim Center and UPS Store. HC DrugFree and the Howard County Police urge you to clean out your unwanted or expired over-the-counter and prescription medication and sharps. Please visit HC DrugFree’s website at and go to the Events/Drug Take Back Day page for more information about medication disposal, call 443-325-0040 or email

Boy Scouts of America – Troop 944 Open house

The Boys Scouts of America is opening its programs to girl troops in February 2019. Stop by the Troop 944 Open House on Nov. 7, 7:30 p.m., at Bethany United Church. Talk with Troop members, meet our trained committee, and learn about our girl-led program. Ask about our rappelling trip on Nov. 10, too! Contact: Chip Galloway,

Jewels For Hope – Glen Mar Church

Sale of Gently-Worn Jewelry and Scarves, Sat., Nov. 10, 9 a.m.- 1 p.m., Glen Mar United Methodist Church, 4701 New Cut Road, Ellicott City, MD. Admission is free; $5 Donation Suggested The Sale benefits HopeWorks of Howard County, the County’s Rape Crisis and Domestic Violence Center. Sponsored by Glen Mar United Methodist Church 410-465-4995; Questions? email

Fall Jump Rope Workshop – Kangaroo Kids

Sat., Nov., 10, 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 $55 by Oct. 19, $65 after Oct. 19, Questions? Contact or visit

Family Volunteer Day – Recreation and Parks

Nov. 17, 9 a.m.-12 p.m, Various Locations throughout Howard County.

Volunteer together. This is a great way to spend quality time as a family, club or community group. Howard County Recreation & Parks welcomes all ages, children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Information: Melissa Byrne,

Red Hornets Volleyball Program – Columbia Volleyball Club

Registration is now open for our Red Hornets volleyball development program tailored to younger players ages 10-13. The program will meet at Roger Carter Community Center on Mondays from 6-8pm, starting on Nov. 19, – May 20. The cost is $450. For more information and registration, please visit or call 443-803-5143.

Lively Arts for Little ones, Music for Kids – Oakland Mills Community Association

Music for kids, Fri., Nov. 30, 10 a.m., The Other Barn, 5851 Robert Oliver Place, Columbia, MD. Chris Campbell is the singer. The program is upbeat and interactive. Tickets are available on the day of the show or in advance at For more information, visit or email