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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.


AST Tutoring-Chinese American Parent Association of Howard County Corp

AST is offering FREE virtual, ongoing one-on-one homework help for all middle school students in a similar model to the high school honor society tutoring programs. Students may receive free assistance with homework assignments in the 4 core subjects: Math, English, Science, or Social Studies. These help sessions occur at designated times during the week. For students that need a unique perspective, experienced help, or enrichment, Homework Help is an amazing and accessible tool to supplement day to day in-school learning. For more details and registration, please go to Email or call 443-797-9588.

Free online/virtual Tutoring-Veritas Education Leaders

We are targeting Middle Schoolers-High Schoolers, specifically grades K-12, During the week and on weekends. We tutor the core subjects of English, Math, History, and Science, as well as other subjects. We anticipate that especially with synchronous and asynchronous learning this year, our tutors will supplement what is taught in class.;

Tutoring-BioMonkey Corp.

FREE online tutoring, ES and MS students, weekends and weekdays for K-8. We are a youth-led organization that aims to assist students during online school with free online tutoring. Our tutors are highly qualified high school students who hope to make a difference in their community during this challenging time.

Child Care Resources

RecZone-Howard County Recreation & Parks

RecZone is an all-day child care program offered at locations throughout Howard County, designed to keep your child safely engaged with their peers while in-person schooling is not available. Ages 5-11, locations vary. Weekly, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. or 7a.m.-6 p.m. RecZone follows Howard County’s COVID-19 safety protocols, such as daily temperature checks, health screenings, restricted group sizes and face mask use.;

Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteers- Howard County Government

Are you looking for volunteer opportunities in Howard County? The Howard County Volunteers web portal is an easy-to-use resource for local volunteer activities. From outdoor maintenance projects to virtual programs, we have something for everyone. For a list of upcoming opportunities, visit 18 years and up;

Volunteer Coaches, HC Gov.-Howard County Lacrosse Program, Inc.

The Howard County Lacrosse Program is searching for volunteer coaches. Coaches will be provided training, in order to set them on the path to success. All requests will be reviewed but may not be honored. Kindergarten through 8th grade. Starts mid-March 2021, County Parks. Clinic Age- $80, All others $150.;; (410)313-1689

Volunteer-Howard County General Hospital (HCGH)

Must be 18 years or older. HCGH’s Journey to Better Health (J2BH) is a community based volunteer program that aims to help adults (18+ years old) monitor their help and get support during and after a health crisis. J2BH has volunteer opportunities available for those interested in health education, health event support and non-medical support such as being a companion to socially isolated individuals.;

Student-musician volunteers-The Lutheran Village at Miller’s Grant

K-12 Students are needed for weekly online virtual concerts. Do you like to sing or play an instrument? Do you want to help isolated senior residents? Student musicians can practice at home, perform and record their performance video to volunteer. Student volunteers can earn service hours once the performance is completed. All music levels and music genres are welcome.The weekly Virtual Concert is broadcasted at seven local assisted living facilities in Maryland impacting hundreds of isolated senior residents. Sign up to volunteer and make a positive impact. Our weekly virtual concert is broadcasted on every Saturday at 11:00 a.m. Contact: Susan Su, ; CELL: 301-247-3475;

HC DrugFree Teen Advisory Council Registration Forms

Howard County high school students may click here to access the 2020-21 school year Teen Advisory Council (TAC) registration form (see #2). Signed forms are due each year. Open to all Howard County high school students. Community service hours available. Email a signed PDF to or mail a hard copy to HC DrugFree, 5305 Village Center Drive, Suite 206, Wilde Lake Village Center, Columbia, MD 21044. Be sure to include a photo.

Community Action Council

Volunteer opportunities at the Howard County Food Bank and Community Garden. Complete an application.

Columbia Community Care

A grassroots network of neighbors serving neighbors in Howard County.

Additional Volunteer Opportunities:
Many Howard County nonprofits welcome volunteers. To ensure the volunteers are a good match for the organizations, it is best to research the nonprofits. Below are two directories for many local nonprofits:

Enrichment opportunities and afterschool programs

Howard County Recreation & Parks

Howard County Recreation & Parks offers online and in-person programs for Howard County residents and visitors of all ages and interests.
Aquatics, Adventure, Nature & Outdoors, Chess, Cooking, Crafts & Fine Arts, Dance, Language, Music & Theater Arts, Personal Development & Enrichment, School’s Out Programs, Science & Technology, Sports, and Therapeutic Recreation & Inclusion Services. For recreation programs, visit For sports programs, visit

FREE Zoom Event-Boolean Girl

Meet STEM professional Gretchen Hein, and find out how she learned to design and build helicopters Sat., Dec. 5, at 5 p.m. This is a free Zoom event for girls 3rd grade and up.;

Book Reading-Boolean Girl

Meet children’s book author, Andrea Beaty and hear her read from her latest book, One Girl. This is a free, Zoom event for girls kindergarten and up. Dec. 12, 2 p.m.

Outdoor adventures-Boy Scout Troop 615

Middle school boys – Grade 6, 7 and 8. Boy Scout Troop 615 is still meeting and having fun with outdoor adventures in a safe and socially distant manner. We meet every week on Wednesday in person. We also have monthly outdoor outings like tubing and camping. For more information please visit, email , or call 608-628-3259.

Drive through Christmas Adventure-Glen Mar Church

A FREE outdoor, drive-through theatrical Christmas adventure for the whole family from the comfort of your vehicle. Event runs Dec 4, 5, 6, 12, 13 from 5-8 p.m. along with a matinee on Dec 12, 12-3 p.m. Glen Mar Church, 4701 New Cut Road, Ellicott City, MD. Reservations are required Meet roman soldiers, shepherds (and sheep) and angels as you journey through the Christmas Story.

FREE Virtual program’s-National Family Resiliency Center, Inc.

Free programs, Dec. 7, for Parents on Resiliency. Free KidsConnex program, Dec. 2 for grades 2,3,4 and their parents. 410-740-9553 x208 or email Kathy Helt

Clinical Programs-National Family Resiliency Center, Inc.

NFRC’s announcement of clinical programs- support groups, KidsConnex educational program, individual and family therapy. Remote all Zoom. NFRC is a Comprehensive Mental Health Center Offering an Array of Therapy Services & Support Groups for All Ages.
Our licensed counselors have decades-long experience working with individuals and families who are affected by family transitions. You don’t have to go through it alone. Our therapists will help you and/or your family move through each stage of the transition and accept that change is a normal part of life.
Our counselors work with all family compositions, and offer therapy, educational programs to children, teens, adults, couples and families. Some programs are free – others depend on type of therapy and person’s insurance.

Enrichment opportunities and after-school programs-Tech Changers, Inc.

Virtual Enrichment opportunities and after-school programs, Nov. 2- Dec 23, 2nd-5th graders. Through the exciting world of CS & STEM, elementary school girls can learn coding in after-school virtual classes throughout the month of December.
2rd-3rd Gr CodeMonkey Coding Class $100; 4th-5th Gr Makey Makey Maker Class $175. Scholarships available. Register @

Youth Health Aid-Howard County General Hospital

Virtual Zoom, for adults who have or interact with youth ages 12-18. Oct. 23, 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Learn to assist young persons who may be experiencing a mental health or substance use crisis. In this updated and virtual format, participants will complete a 2-hour, self-paced online course before participating in a 4-hour, instructor-led class., and 410-740-7601

Virtual College and Career Forum-Girl Scouts of Central Maryland

Troop 2210, College & Career Forum, Oct. 24, 10 a.m., all in High School., / (410) 499-1558

Virtual Enrichment opportunities and after-school programs

Nov. 2-30th, 2020, 3rd through 8th grade girls. Through the exciting world of STEM and robotics, elementary school girls can learn coding in after-school virtual classes throughout the month of November. $175.

Virtual Reading Program-Fidos For Freedom Inc.

Fidos For Freedom is proud to announce the start of our new virtual reading program (via Zoom) called Fidos Lends an Ear. This program is designed to encourage young readers to continue their reading by reading aloud to our therapy dogs. All grades are welcome. However, the majority of our readers are in 1st, 2nd and 3rd grades. 1st – 8th grades.;

AfterSchool Cheerleading-Supersquads, Inc.

Starts the week of 9/29-10/2, K-5. Fall 2020 practices will be virtual unless schools reopen.Teams practice right after school once a week until Winter Break. Learn cheers, dances, and more. Register at . Team registration is available for all students from all elementary schools.
Please see for team schedules. Cost varies by number of practice days. Terri Curley, or 410-796-2244.

Virtual and Outdoor Programming-Girl Scouts of Central Maryland

Girl Scouts is inviting girls K-12 to join a troop or take advantage of virtual programming and outdoor programming.
Enrichment opportunities and after-school programs. Continuous, Via Zoom, indoor and outdoor meetings. Cost $38.00 Contact Tiesha Holliday or call 410-358-9711

Fall 2020 Program-Girls on the Run Central Maryland

Girls on the Run Fall 2020 Program Registration is OPEN. In-person AND all-virtual team options available. Visit website for information and opportunities. Registration opens August 23 at noon. Season begins, September 20 lasting 8 weeks through November 15.

Environmental Experiences – Howard County Conservancy

Join the Conservancy for our signature environmental education programs this Fall. All programs will be held outdoors following physical distancing guidelines. All programs are free; advance registration is required. Find details and register at

Robinson Nature Center In-Person and Virtual Programs

Beginning in September, Robinson Nature Center will offer a new slate of fall programs designed to accommodate virtual learning. From Kids Wednesdays Out at the Nature Center to Take Nature Home program kits, children ages 4-12 will have opportunities to access one-of-a-kind educational experiences from Robinson’s staff of environmental educators. For additional info, visit

Leadership & Empowerment Camp-Amazing Futures Foundation

After-school $144/6 classes Nancy Sheain,, 410-707-6288.

Open House/Registration Day- Misako Dance Studios

Misako Dance Studios are hosting their annual Open House/Registration Day to kick off the start of the fall session on September 8. The event is FREE but you must register to attend. Only 1 adult per household can attend to limit congregation. Kids of all ages are welcome to participate. Every child who registers for a dance class during the Open House will get their registration fee waived. This is a great time to check out our studios and meet some of our staff. As a bonus, Misako Ballet Company professional dancers will perform a few ballet pieces for your enjoyment. Please view our health and safety guidelines before attending. Guests are limited to 10-15 persons at a time so you must register to attend. Classes-Monday August 24th at Misako Beats studio from 5 pm- 7 pm & Saturday August 29th at Misako Ballet Studio from 12 noon – 2 pm.For questions or for more information, please contact us at 410.884.9690 or at;

Howard County Library Online Classes

HCLS offers different ways to learn for students who learn in different ways. Use your A+ Student Account to access the following via

On-demand classes: Study on your own schedule in these classes, video tutorials, webinars, and self-paced courses for all ages. Take test prep classes, learn to play an instrument, learn a language, and more at
Virtual classes: Interact with instructors in a variety of subjects for PreK, K-5, middle school, and high school. Find classes at

Audience: All

(Note: Some classes require entry with a library card by logging in to the Howard County Library System website with your library card and PIN. Parents/guardians without a current HCLS library card may request one online.)

Chesapeake Bay Foundation: Learn Outside, Learn at Home

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation presents new interactive and social resources to keep teachers, parents, and students connected to the Bay and the watershed from your own backyard, porch, or park. Visit Learn Outside, Learn at Home.

Columbia Association Free Fitness Videos

Free fitness videos available to get or stay in shape sponsored by the Columbia Association.


Howard County Recreation and Parks is offering versions of some of its popular classes and programs online. Check out for a full list.

Howard Community College – Kids on Campus
This fall, Kids on Campus has new scholastic and enrichment courses for your child, including languages, STEM, and test prep. Class start dates are throughout September and October and are designed for elementary, middle, and high school students. Register your student today:

Other community announcements

Free Holiday Concert- St. Louis Concert Series

Free “Holidays at St. Louis and All Over the World” Concert 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 13, St. Louis Church, Clarksville; @ Rte. 108 & Ten Oaks Rd. Admission is free with masks required, but to maintain social distance, online reservations are required in advance at — specifying preference to attend in-person or live-stream to watch at home.; 240-755-0312 (home office)

Creative Competitions-Innovations Towards the Future

Creative competition for students grades 6-12. Cooking, face mask design, game coding and many other competitions. Please visit Submission deadline, March 31.

CSS Provider-The Coordinating Center

The Coordinating Center, Howard County’s Service Coordination provider for the Autism Waiver, is now licensed as a provider of Coordination of Community Services (CCS) for the Maryland Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA). The CCS program enables participants and their families to gain access to critical resources and Medicaid Waiver services that encourage self-sufficiency, health and safety and real community participation. If you or someone you love is looking for a CCS provider, join The Center for a Virtual Cup of Joe, held every 3rd Wednesday of the month from 11:00am – Noon. Learn more and register for a Cup of Joe at Virtual – Office 365 Teams Platform,

Drive-thru HC DrugFree

Medication and sharps collection in the Wilde Lake Village Center parking lot on Saturday, Oct. 24 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Bring your unwanted and expired prescription and over-the-counter medication including needles, syringes and EpiPens. Medication guarded and transported by Howard County Police and the Drug Enforcement Administration.

JA BizTown Adventures-Junior Achievement of Central Maryland

Junior Achievement of Central Maryland, JA BizTown Adventures is an engaging and relevant virtual learning resource available at no cost to you. JA BizTown Adventures is adaptable for in-class, in-home or remote learning for educators or caregivers of students in 4 – 6 grade. This experience allows students to gain an understanding of running a business as they take on five different job roles: CEO, CFO, Marketing Director, Sales Manager, and Consumer, in a self-guided online adventure. Students will practice problem solving, decision-making, critical thinking, as well as learn about saving and spending. 4th-6th grades. Enrichment opportunities and after-school programs.

NSBE Jr Chapter

Howard County NSBE Jr Chapter (HoCo NSBE Jr)/Next Generation Leadership Academy ( is a non-profit organization through LEAPForward, provides targeted programming to students grades 5-12 regardless of race, religion, nationality or gender.
We utilize “Project Based Learning” and Emotional Intelligence Training, Program Competitions. Meetings are held on various dates and times below:

For more information, email

Concussion online research-Kennedy Krieger

Want to help with concussion research online!? Seeking children 10-17 years old who have recently had a concussion, or who have NEVER had a concussion, to join an online research study and help us learn more about recovery from concussion. Flexible scheduling, Online via Zoom. No cost. Participants will be compensated with Target gift cards. Contact Mickey Ellis-Stockley by email: or phone: 443-923-7987.

Maryland STEM Festival

Maryland STEM Festival holds hundreds of events every October, this year it will be all virtual! October 2020 Free