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Community News and Programs

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Food and Housing Security-St. John’s Episcopal Church

St. John’s Series on Social Justice: Food and Housing Security, Weds, Mar. 25, 7 p.m., St. John’s Parish Day School, All Saints Hall, 9120 Frederick Road, Ellicott City, MD. March 18: A panel of experts will discuss how to help those in our community facing and living with food and housing insecurity. March 25: Take action. Learn from experts how to support existing efforts in our community to alleviate food and housing insecurity. http://stjohnsec.org

Benefit-Bridges to Housing Stability

FREE event, Sun., March 29, 12:30-3 p.m., Dar Al-Taqwa Islamic Center, 10780 Route 108, Ellicott City, MD. Bridges to Housing Stability will bring together 15 local congregations in a friendly, philanthropic competition to determine who has the best chili in Howard County. We welcome all community members that are looking for a fun, family-friendly opportunity to support a worthy cause and engage with the community. www.bridges2hs.org/events/cco or email supportus@bridges2hs.org.

Fundraiser- League of Women Voters of Howard County

The League of Women Voters of Howard will hold a fundraiser on Tues., March 31, 11 a.m.- 10 p.m., Tino’s Italian Bistro, 8775 Centre Park Drive, Columbia, MD. For the full day of this event, up to 10% of the proceeds for the restaurant will be donated. The fundraiser percentage applies to all orders-dine in, carryout, and delivery and applies to all food & beverages, 410-730-TINO (8466), www.tinositalianbistro.com. Reservations encouraged. https://hoco.lwvhowardmd.org/

Maryland Interscholastic Cycling League-Mountain Lions Cycling Club / MICL

Registration is now open, April 1, Rides begin in April 2020 and continue through a four-race season ending in Fall 2020. The Mountain Lions Cycling Club (MLCC) is the Howard County youth mountain bike team for students in grades 6-12. Student athletes build character and fitness while enjoying off-road cycling adventures. All skill and fitness levels welcome – no experience necessary. www.MTLionMTB.com

Spring Fling-City on a Hill Church

FREE Spring Fling, April 11, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., 8125 Old Stockbridge Drive, Ellicott City, MD

Jewish Group – Howard Community College

Artists from the Holocaust’s Second Generation. How their Experiences Influenced their Art. Thurs, April 28, 2-4 p.m. Smith Theater, Horowitz Center, Howard Community College. The program is open to all (students & adults). This event is coordinated with the HCC Gallery exhibit, Creative Quest: Art from the Holocaust’s Second Generation, showing Sun., April 5—Sun, May 3.

Essay Contest, An Opportunity to Speak Up-Indian Cultural Association (IAC)

TOPIC: Upload deadline: April 30, 2020, 11:59PM EST
“STUDENTS, if you could tell your parents anything, what would it be?”
“PARENTS, if you could tell your children anything, what would it be?”
Award: 1st Prize: $200, 2nd prize: $100. The name of the winners will be announced by the end of June 2020.
Who is eligible? All students enrolled in grades 6-12 in U.S. public, private and home schools in Howard County, Maryland.
Format? The essay should be 300-500 words. Entries must be typed, double-spaced and must be the participant’s original work.
How to Enter? Entries must be emailed to youth@icahoward.org with “Student/Parent Essay Contest” written in the subject line.
For more information, see official rules for entry posted on https://www.indianculturalassociation.org/essay-contest or contact Niti Srivastava at srivastava@icahoward.org.

Basket Bingo-Neighbor Ride, Inc.

Join Neighbor Ride for its 6th Annual Basket BINGO, May 16, FOP Lodge 69, 2832 Nine Mile Circle, Catonsville. Doors open at 6 p.m., games begin at 7 p.m. Dinner by Tino’s Italian Bistro, along with a variety of snacks and drinks will be available for purchase throughout the night. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at: https://www.neighborride.org/event/2020-basket-bingo/. Contact Colleen at community@neighborride.org or call 410-884-7433 for more information.

Spring Season: Heart & Sole Middle School program – Girls on the Run

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.

Training-Indian Cultural Association of Howard County

Free Youth Mental Health First Aid Training for Adults, May 2, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. HCLS Elkridge Branch, 6540 Washington Blvd, Elkridge, MD. Dr. Niti Srivastava, contact@icahoward.org, 410-567-6599.

Spring Season: Grade 3-5 program – Girls on the Run

The Spring season will start the week of March 15, with the season-ending 5K scheduled for Sat., May 30, 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 or a list of program sites and to register. Questions? Call 443-583-7740.

One on One Coding Lessons-The Coding School

We provide one-on-one coding lessons, June 7- August 15, 2-week and 10-week program. The lessons take place online via video chat, so students are able to have these lessons from the comfort of their own homes, in a risk-free environment. Various programs from $149 to $699, scholarships available for students with financial need. www.codeconnects.org, (323)790-9992

Bring Let Me Run to Your School – Let Me Run

Program for boys in 3rd-8th grade. Let Me Run inspires boys through the power of running to be courageous enough to be themselves, to build healthy relationships, and to live an active life. Coaches can be male or female, parents, staff members or community members looking to make a difference in the lives of our youth. Practice is twice a week for 7 weeks and we culminate our program with a 5k on June 7th. No experience is necessary – you don’t even have to be a runner! Just bring your enthusiasm and we will help you with the rest. Let Me Run is holding free coach training on February 18th and March 23rd. Spring 202, $140 per student participant https://howardcounty.letmerun.org/teams

Summer Camps-Foundation for the future of Huaxia Children Corp.

Cathay HoCo Summer Camps, June 16-Aug 24, 7 a.m.-6 p.m., 9033 Red Branch Rd, Columbia, MD. Cost is $279.2-$379, The Cathay School, an internationally recognized educational enrichment center with popular educational programs. The Cathay School is cooperating with TED Talks, NASA Education, Georgetown University, and other authorities in STEAM education to meet the needs of our 21st century campers. Regina Wei, info@cathayfutureus.com. 301-978-3918.

Camp of the Art- Slayton House Theatre

Slayton House Theatre Camp of the Arts 2020, 10400 Cross Fox Lane Columbia MD 21044. Rising Stars Session I, July 20-31, 9 a.m.- 3:30 p.m., open to campers in grades 1-8. Rising Stars Session II August 3-14, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m., open to campers in grades 1-8. Cost $605.00, discounts available. Contact Rachael Strube, camp@wildelake.org, 410-730-3987. CampoftheArts.com.

Summer Adventure Camp- Alice Ferguson Foundation

Our overnight Summer Adventure Camp June 21 – July 31, Hard Bargain Farm Environmental Education Campus; 2201 Bryan Point Road, Accokeek, MD. Open to rising 5th – 8th graders. Spend the overnight experiencing the outdoors, building confidence, and making new friends on our 330-acre environmental center and working farm. Activities include canoeing, swimming, archery, meeting farm animals and hiking through our wetlands and trails. Early Bird – $550/week until April 1; Regular Pricing – $650 Will Orndorff, worndorff@fergusonfoundation.org/, (301)292-5665, www.fergusonfoundation.org/summercamps

Summer at Sandy Springs-Sandy Spring Friends School

Camp, June 22- Aug. 14, (sign up for all 8 weeks, some weeks, or a single week) Sandy Spring Friends School, 16923 Norwood Road, Sandy Spring, MD. Alex Helberg, Camp Director, Summer at Sandy Spring #301-774-7455 (ext. 167) Registration is open, join us https://www.summeratsandyspring.org/ . Bus Transportation (including stops in Howard County), Before and After Care are available — see website for more information and fees. Also new this year is our Parent and Child Camp Program for children ages 18-30 months. This Program requires a Parent to join the Child for fun filled memories at Camp. All other programs are for Children only.

Musical Theater-Slayton House Theatre Camp of the Arts

Register now for The Broadway Edition, June 29-July 17, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Slayton House Theatre, $975 for the 3-week session. Geared to campers in grades 6-12 who are ready to perform a full length musical production. Performing Urinetown The Musical through special arrangement with Musical Theater International. Rachael Strube, camp@wildelake.org, 410-730-3987, CampoftheArts.com

Leadership & Empowerment Camp-Amazing Futures Foundation

SPRING SESSION & SUMMER CAMPS NOW ENROLLING. Locations, specific topics and registration links at: www.smashingants.com. Spring after-school classes start mid-April | Summer camps run July 6 – August 14, at various HCPSS locations. After-school $144/6 classes | Summer Camp $327/week. Nancy Sheain, nancy1@smashingants.com, 410-707-6288.

Journey 2020-Maryland Leadership, Women’s Giving Circle

For Howard County Middle School Girls, July 12-July 18, 2020 at Washington College. Applications are due May 15, 2020. Journey applications and scholarship applications can be found at mlw.org. Financial assistance is made available by the Women’s Giving Circle of Howard County. Contact information for Maryland Leadership Workshops: 301-444-8623; office@mlw.org; mlw.org