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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.

Guiding Good Choices – Howard County Local Health Improvement Coalition

This free, 5-week interactive prevention program provides families of children aged 9-14 with the skills and knowledge to reduce drug use and other risky behaviors in children. Wednesdays, September 26 – October 24, 5-7 pm at the Howard County Health Department, Barton A/B Conference Room, 8930 Stanford Blvd., Columbia, MD 21045. Register here. For more information, contact the HCLHIC at 410-313-6573 or

Achieve Success Together – Chinese American Parent Association

Opportunity to serve the community while earning money and service hours.

Achieve Success Together, a grant-funded student-run organization in which high school students tutor FARM and ESOL elementary school students, is accepting applications from high school students to be tutors or assistants.

Applications are due by Sept 8. For more information, visit or by emailing

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.

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

2018 Fall Registration – i9 Sports

Registration is open for flag football, soccer, t-ball, and basketball. Programs are available for boys and girls, ages 3 – 14. Program begins Sept. 15, Mayfield Woods MS and Nov. 4, Longfellow ES and runs 6-7 weeks. For more information and to register visit our website: or call us at 443-485-4202.

Teen Advisory Council: HC DrugFree

Meeting one Monday evening a month, 5:30 p.m.-7:00 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 first 2018-19 meetings will be held on Mon., Sept. 17 and 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.

College Essays – Howard County Library

The college application process can be daunting, come learn successful strategies for writing college essays. Geared specifically for rising high school seniors. Ages 13-19. Parents encouraged to attend with student. Tues., Sept., 25, 7 p.m.- 8 p.m. and Sat. Oct. 6, 3:30 p.m.- 5 p.m., Glenwood Branch, Howard County Library. Contact 410-313-5577 or visit our website.

Practice Test – Howard County Library

Sat., Sept. 22, 11 a.m.- 3 p.m., and Weds, Oct. 3, 7-8 p.m., Glenwood Branch, Howard County Library System
Contact: Lori Conforti, 410-313-5577 or visit our website.

VOTE SMART – Howard County Library

Meet Board of Education candidates and ask about their plans for our highly-ranked school system. Register to vote, see sample ballots and voting machines, and pick up a voting guide for Maryland’s general election. Tues., Sept. 25, 6:30-8:30 p.m., East Columbia Library Branch. View website

Register to Vote:

Cheerleading After School – SUPERSQUADS

Teams start Sept. 24-Sept. 28, right after school once a week until the Winter Break. Learn cheers, dance, tumbling, building & more. Register at or contact us at 410-796-2244 or

Bike Rodeo and Fun Day – St. Johns Community Church

Sat., Sept. 22, 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m., Wilde Lake Interfaith Parking Lot. Rodeo with 6 skills stations, bike & helmet checks, demonstrations, bike decorating & give-aways. Learn about bike safety and plans for the future Bikeway. Visit: or contact:

Let’s talk about Bullying – Bethany United Methodist Church

Sept. 28., 6:30-7:15 p.m., Bethany UMC (2875 Bethany Lane, Ellicott City) 
Parent Session, 7:15-8:15 p.m. 
Contact information – Nancy Pitrone: 410-465-2919

Youth Mental Health First Aid – Howard County General Hospital

FREE – For Howard County Residents only, Oct. 5, 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m., Howard County General Hospital, Wellness Center, 10710 Charter Drive, Columbia, MD.

Contact: Janice Stanton, or visit our website.

In this class, parents, teachers, school staff, neighbors, and other concerned citizens will learn how to assist youth (ages 12-18) who may be experiencing a mental health or addiction challenge or in crisis. This class is a community course, not recommended for mental health professionals.

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. Register online

Questions? Contact Laura Torres at

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