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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.

Cybersecurity Learning Program for Teens – Explorer Post 1942

Explorer Post 1942 is looking for youths aged 14-20 who are interested in hands-on learning about Cybersecurity. Starting in January 2020, participants will work with professionals to learn about this challenging field, participate in team activities, and explore earning certifications. Explorer Post 1942 will meet at the Applied Physics Lab (APL) in Laurel. All interested youth and their guardians are welcome to contact Post Adviser Dan Phillips at scouterdanmail@gmail.com with questions.

P.E.T. Power! Kid Empowerment-Amazing Futures Foundation

Fall, Winter, Spring After-School Classes and Summer Camp Program. This fun, experiential program helps children unleash their full potential using P.E.T.s, Positive Empowering Tools. See locations, specific topics and registration links at: www.smashingants.com. After-school sessions are six 90-minute classes each Fall, Winter, Spring. Summer Program is M-F, 9-4. Rotating HCPSS/other locations throughout the school year & summer. After-school program is $144/session (including materials) Nancy Sheain, nancy1@smashingants.com, 410-707-6288 www.smashingants.com

Everytown for Gun Safety Support Fund, Inc.-Be Smart for Kids Program

SECURE all guns in your home and vehicles. MODEL responsible behavior around guns. ASK about the presence of unsecured guns in other homes. RECOGNIZE the role of guns in suicide. TELL your peers to be SMART. For more information on what you can do to keep kids safe, visit BeSMARTforKids.org. Contact lsianoesq@gmail.com to request a Howard County presentation.

Leadership U Class of 2020-Howard County Library System

Jan. 27, 7-8 p.m., Howard County Library System-Miller Branch.
Is your student looking to build his/her confidence, strengthen their leadership, and problem solving skills, and learn how to network? Come to learn more and speak to some of our graduates at our information session. Parents and students are highly encouraged to attend. http://www.leadershiphc.org/leadership-u-2/

Teen Vaping and More- HC DrugFee

Not My Child: Teen Vaping and More, Jan. 29, 7 p.m., Marriotts Ridge High School Auditorium. Snow Date: Feb 11.

2020 Preschool and Child Care Information Fair- Howard County Office of Children and Families

Sat., Feb. 1, 1-4 p.m., Ten Oaks Ballroom, 5000 Signal Bell Lane, Clarksville, MD. The 2020 Howard County Preschool and Child Care Information Fair will provide parents, guardians, grandparents and child care personnel with “one stop shopping” for information on child care, pre-school and summer programs. Admission is free but attendees are encouraged to register to receive event updates at https://hocochildcarefair.eventbrite.com. Attendees are asked to bring a nonperishable food item or unopened diapers to donate to the Howard County Food Bank. Attendees will also have an opportunity to attend free informational sessions on “How to Choose an Early Childhood Program” offered at 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. The new 2020 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 children@howardcountymd.gov.

Project Access-Howard Community College

FREE Open House, Sat., Feb. 1, (snow date Feb. 8) 10 a.m.- 1 p.m., Howard Community College, Duncan Hall Room 100, Kittleman Room, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia, MD.
Project Access is a college preparatory program located on the campus of Howard Community College. Project Access supports college bound high school aged students with disabilities in their transition into post-secondary education.Dianne Nagle, Associate Director Project Access,443-518-4625, projectaccess@howardcc.edu
www.howardcc.edu/projectaccess

Restaurant Day at Shannon’s Saloon-Bridges to Housing Stability

Thurs., Feb. 13, Bridges is honored to invite you to our annual Restaurant Day at Shannon’s Saloon & Restaurant which will take place all day on Feb. 13. Show your love for Bridges by dining at Shannon’s and Bridges will receive 20% of your pretax total (no exclusions). Shannon’s Saloon is a long-term partner of Bridges who annually supports our mission to prevent & end homelessness in Howard County. By visiting this local favorite, you will help Bridges provide housing-related services to homeless and low-income persons working to become self-sufficient. Visit www.bridges2hs.org for more information.

Concert and Artist Series-St. Louis Church

Dueling Pianos, Feb. 22, 7:30 p.m., St. Louis Church, Clarksville, in Howard County. In HoCo, Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue” highlights light classics, pops in concert. Parents and daughter face off at the keyboards in a “Family Meeting: Dueling Pianos” The family affair features husband and wife duo pianists Marianne and Peter Lauffer with a special appearance by their daughter, Heather Adelsberger, artistic director of the St. Louis Church Concert Series. The family will perform assorted combinations of selections on the grands, composed and arranged for multiple pianos and keyboardists. No tickets are required, but best seating is available on a first-come basis. For more information about “Dueling Pianos” or the 2020 St. Louis Concerts Series through May- Visit www.stlconcertseries.org. FREE admission, no ticket required.

Engineering Innovation Summer Program – Johns Hopkins University

Engineering Innovation (EI) is an exciting, college-level, summer program for motivated high school students with an aptitude in math and science and an interest in (or curiosity about) engineering. In the program, students learn to think and problem-solve like engineers and have the opportunity to earn Johns Hopkins University (JHU) credit. By applying knowledge of math and science to labs and hands-on projects, the concepts learned in high school classrooms are linked to real-world practice. Students’ confidence grows as they attend college-level lectures, solve problems, test theories, and ultimately learn to think like engineers. Find more information, including fees and the application process, on the EI website: https://ei.jhu.edu/

Spring Season of Heart & Sole

The Spring season will start the week of March 15, with the season-ending 5K scheduled for May 30, 2020, in Columbia, MD. Girls on the Run, middle school program, Heart & Sole®, creates a positive, structured space for girls in 6th-8th grade to develop life skills using a running-based curriculum. Teams of up to 16 girls meet twice weekly after school for 10 weeks. Each season concludes with the girls and their running buddies completing a 5K run. Program registration fee is $175 and includes 20 lessons, 5K registration, water bottle, t-shirt, and all program materials. Financial assistance is available – no girl is turned away. Visit www.gotrcentralmd.org for a list of program sites and to register. Questions? Call 443-583-7740.

Spring Season- Girls on the Run

The Spring season will start the week of March 15, with the season-ending 5K scheduled for Saturday, May 30, 2020, in Columbia, MD. Girls on the Run, inspires girls in grades 3-5 to be joyful, healthy, and confident by using running to teach valuable life skills. Teams of 15-20 girls meet twice weekly after school for 10 weeks. Each season concludes with the girls and their running buddies completing a 5K run. Program registration fee is $175 and includes 20 lessons, 5K registration, water bottle, t-shirt, and all program materials. Financial assistance is available – no girl is turned away. Visit www.gotrcentralmd.org for a list of program sites and to register. Questions? Call 443-583-7740.

Natural Resources Careers Camp- Maryland Forestry Foundation

Due to the popularity of the camp, an application deadline is March 30. Applications received after this date will be put on a wait list until the registration process is closed. Scholarships are available for the Natural Resources Careers Camp, NRCC, which will be held at the Hickory Environmental Education Center on July 19st-25th. 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 www.marylandforestryboards.org