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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.

Anything Goes- Silhouette Stages

Silhouette Stages presents, Anything Goes, Now – March-24, Slayton House, 10400 Cross Fox Lane, Columbia, MD. It’s New York in 1933 and anything goes aboard the S.S. American bound for England. Tickets and 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

Guiding Good Choices-HC DrugFree

Guiding Good Choices parenting 4-week program, Tuesdays, March 26. Unless otherwise notified, all meetings will be held at the Elkridge Branch of the Howard County Library, 5:30- 8 p.m.
Participants will learn the skills to reduce the risk that their children will use drugs. Adults are expected to attend all sessions. The printable flier and updated information can be found on HC DrugFree’s website at

Criminal Justice Reform Series- St. Johns Episcopal Church

FREE, Weds, March 20, & March 27, 6:30 p.m., St. John’s Parish Day School, All Saints Hall, 9120 Frederick Road, Ellicott City, MD.

Lively Arts for Little Ones-The Other Barn

Mr. Gabe and the Circle Time All Stars, Fri., March 22, 10 a.m., The Other Barn. Mr. Gabe and the Circle Time All-Stars have been delighting young audiences throughout the DC area for the past five years. They perform an interactive mix of traditional songs and modern favorites. Tickets are available on the day of the show or in advance at Visit

Teen Open Mic Night-Columbia Association

Fri., March 22, 7-9 p.m., ages 12-17. Now is the time for your voice to be heard! Join other area teens in sharing your poetry or spoken word. The night’s theme is “Choose Civility,” with a focus on “We are all welcome here”. We are looking for work centered on increasing kindness, empathy and understanding in our community. A cash prize will be awarded to the winning performance. For more information or to register, please contact

Star Wars on Ice-Columbia Figure Skating Club

Star Wars on Ice, Sat., Mar. 23, and Sun., Mar 24, Columbia Ice Rink. We invite fans of all ages to enjoy the most iconic scenes from the Star Wars universe. Tickets are on sale now at Best Star Wars costume in the audience can win a 30-minute jump pass at Sky Zone.

Not So Classical: Inspire- Glenelg Country School

Dragon Dialogues series, Not So Classical Inspire, March 27, 7-9 p.m., The Mulitz Theater
Glenelg Country School, 12793 Folly Quarter Road, Ellicott City, MD.
While this event is free and open to the public, we ask that you please register at:

Howard County movie premiere “Heroin Still Kills”- Howard PTSA and The Howard County Health Dept.

Heroin Still Kills will premiere, Thurs, March 28, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Howard HS, 8700 Old Annapolis Road, Ellicott City, MD. The Howard PTSA, along with the Howard County Health Department and Maryland Coalition of Families is working hard to fight opioid addiction. We’d like to invite the community to join us. Opening remarks from Howard County and Carroll County health officials, and after the movie, a Q&A panel discussion with the cast (not actors) of the film and a Howard High parent who lost her son to this opioid crisis. This movie is appropriate for 8th graders and older.

Consignment Sale-Columbia Area Mothers of Multiples

Consignment Sale, Sat. Mar. 30, 8-11:30 a.m., Cradlerock Elementary School. Thousands of used baby, kid and pregnancy items will be on sale. Admission is $1. Early shopper VIP passes (7:30 am) are available for $20. For passes and more information contact No strollers or outside shopping bags allowed. Half price sale on select items from 12-1 p.m.

Italian Saxophone Quartet-Candlelight Concert Society

Sun., March 31, 3 p.m., Smith Theatre, Howard Community College.
Candlelight Concerts invites you to an exciting crossover concert featuring the world-famous Italian Saxophone Quartet. Tickets can be purchased on-line at or by calling the box office at 410-997-2324. Candlelight’s “One Buy One” program allows those 17-and-younger to attend for free with a paying adult.

Girls Basketball – Spartan Sports, Inc.

Girls ages 8-14, FREE open gym/shoot around clinic every Wednesday in March and April from 7:30-8:30 p.m., Laurel Armory. No experience necessary. For information and to register, please contact Coach Keith at Limited space available, sign up now.

Senior Week – Staying Safe in Ocean City-HC DrugFree

Senior Week information session, Staying Safe in OC programs. Adults and all students welcome to hear beach safety tips and beach-related police updates to keep your teen safe. April 1, 7 p.m., Marriotts Ridge High School, 12100 Woodford Dr., Marriottsville, MD. Visit HC DrugFree’s website calendar at for more information or contact

Running Program for MS boys-Let Them Run

Let Them Run program for middle school boys, Apr. 4, Elkridge Landing Middle School. We will meet on Tuesday’s and Thursday’s directly after school until 4 p.m., for 14 sessions. The season will end with an optional 5K June 2nd at Lake Centennial Park in Columbia, MD. Cost is $120.00, registration is now open and is limited to 14 participants. Contact,

HoCo Student Film Festival-HC DrugFree

HC DrugFree is looking for teens to create short public service announcements (PSAs) focused on vaping or Juuling in Howard County. Be sure to visit our website at, visit and contact our office at to request our logo and ensure you have all the needed information. The deadline to submit films is Friday, April 5. The festival will be held on Friday evening, April 26 at the Charles E. Miller Library in Ellicott City.

Spring Egg Hunt-Slayton House

FREE Egg Hunt for Columbia Residents, Sat., April 6, 10-11:30 a.m., Columbia Sports Park
5453 Harper’s Farm Road Columbia.
Joins us for children’s crafts, an egg hunt, and magic shows. Advanced ticket required.
For more information visit your Village Center’s website.

Howard County Invitational Swim Meet- Columbia Association

Swim meet open to all Howard County public high school students. April 7, Community College pool, Meet warmups begin at 12:30 p.m. Meet starts at 1:30 p.m.Sponsored by the Columbia Clippers and the Columbia Association. For meet notice and to register, please visit the meet

Additional questions can be sent to:

For the Bird ”An “adult” night out- Oakland Mills Community Association

For the Birds, Weds., Apr. 11, 7-9 p.m., The Other Barn, Birdhouses are $15 per house and are available at The Other Barn. The Birdhouses and all supplies will be provided. Light adult refreshments will be available. For more information, please email Brigitta Warren at or call 410-730-4610.

2019 Children’s Discovery Fair: Math All Around Me-North Laurel Community Center

Math all around Me, Sat., April 13, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Admission is FREE.
North Laurel Community Center, 9411 Whiskey Bottom Rd. Laurel, MD.

Join us for a celebration for children ages 3-5 and their families. This event will include hands-on activities relating to preschool math concepts. A dental van will be on-site for free dental screenings for children ages 2-12 years old.
This event is part of the “Launch into Learning” school readiness initiative and is sponsored by the Howard County Early Childhood Advisory Council. For more information, call 410-313-1940 or e-mail

Easter Eggstravaganza – Bethany United Methodist Church

Sat., April 13, 10 a.m. -12 p.m., Bethany UMC, 2875 Bethany Lane, Ellicott City, MD.
Easter Egg hunt followed by other activities including a moon bounce, balloon animals, face painting, games, snacks, Club SciKidz activity and more. Contact information – Nancy Pitrone 410 465 2919 (with before and after care available)

Spring Break Camp-Howard County Recreation and Parks

Register now for the Spring Break week long Creative Magic Camp, Monday, April 15- Friday April 19, full day 8:30- 4:30 p.m. and half day 9:30-2:30 p.m., cost is $349.00 for a full day and $249 for a half day. Your child can learn magic, and new creative skills, while having plenty of time to play. Learn more at

I am a Chef Too Camp-Bethany United Methodist Church

Apr. 15-19, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Bethany UMC, 2875 Bethany Lane, Ellicott City, MD. The camp is $319 with before and after care options available. Questions contact Nancy Pitrone 410-465-2919

FREE Clothing- Grace Community Church

All Ages, Infant to Adult, Sat., April 27, 9- 11 a.m., Long Reach High School, 6101 Old Dobbin Lane, Columbia, MD.
Grace Community Church, 240-553-1090.

Medication Collection-HC DrugFree

Sat., April 27, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Wilde Lake Village Center parking lot in Columbia. No need to remove medication or labels from the bottles and no need to get out of your vehicle. Medications are guarded and transported by the Howard County Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). Community service hours available for student volunteers. Please contact HC DrugFree for more information or visit our website 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.

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.

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

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

Basketball for Girls- Spartan Sports, Inc.

Girls ages 8-14, FREE open gym/shoot around clinic every Wednesday in March and April from 7:30-8:30 p.m., Laurel Armory. No experience necessary. For information and to register, please contact Coach Keith at Limited space available, sign up now.