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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.

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.

Student Substance – Free Pledge-HC DrugFree

Parents/guardians may access a printable Student Pledge created by Howard County teens. Good discussion tool for adults and students. Visit If you have questions, email or call 443-325-0040.

Adult Volunteers- Girl Scouts of Central Maryland

Adult volunteers and girls (grades K-5) available. Free training provided.

Now Forming Troops at Hanover Hills, Ducketts Lane, Deep Run, and Bellows Springs ES. Contact number or email Ketina Denikos at or call 410-358-9711. Visit us online at

Parent Video and Questions to Ask Student’s Doctor/Dentist HC DrugFree

2018 and 2017 back-to-school videos for parents are available at along with the lists of questions to ask your student’s doctor or dentist before taking opioids.

Electronic Newsletter for Parents – HC Drugfree

Sign up for HC DrugFree’s free electronic newsletter to learn about local drug/alcohol overdoses, issues facing your children, free educational programs/resources for adults and youth, and local data. Gain access to a Q & A where parents (or youth) ask anonymous questions and local experts provide answers. Sign up online at and click on “join our mailing list” on the homepage or forward your email address to

Free Quarterly food for thought information session – S.A.F.E

Free quarterly Food For Thought information session, Tues., Nov. 13, 7-8:30 p.m., Clifton Meeting Room, East Columbia Branch of the Howard County Library, 6600 Cradelrock Way, Columbia, MD. with special topic Plant Focused Living for Optimum Health with special guest speaker Keri Connell, MS, LDN. Please RSVP at to save your seat.

Annual Blood Drive – Boy Scout Troop 944

Boy Scouts troop 944 is hosting its annual blood drive, Nov. 15, 3-8 p.m., Bethany United Church in Ellicott City.

You must be 16 years or older and are in general good health 
- If you are 16, you will need an American Red Cross permission form signed by a parent or guardian
- Please schedule your Life Saving Donation TODAY!
 Online: and use sponsor code: TROOP944

Kids Music concert – Unitarian Church

Kids music concert featuring Billy Jonas, Sat., Nov. 17, 4 p.m., Unitarian Church, Owen Brown Interfaith Center, 7246 Cradlerock, Columbia, MD. Tickets available at Contact the Unitarian Church 410-381-0097. Tickets in advance (fees not included):$12 Adult, $10 Kid/Youth (3-17 years old), $30 Family Pack (Up to 4 children with paying adult) Tickets at the door: $15 Adult, $12 Kid/Youth (2-17 years old), $40 Family Pack (Up to 4 children with paying adult) FREE for those under 2 years of age with paying adult.

Holiday Fair – Crosswalk Church

Holiday vendor fair, Sat., Nov. 17, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Crosswalk Church, 8940 Old Annapolis Rd., Columbia, MD. Get a jump on your holiday shopping, there will be lots of vendors for all your shopping needs.

This FREE event will help raise funds for a church youth trip next summer. For more information e-mail

Annual Coat Day and Homeless Resource Center – Alpha Kappa Alpha, Inc. Omega Chapter

Nov. 17, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Wilde Lake Interfaith Center, 10431 Twin Rivers Rd., Columbia, MD.

Family Volunteer Day – Recreation and Parks

Nov. 17, 9 a.m.-12 p.m, Various Locations throughout Howard County.

Volunteer together. This is a great way to spend quality time as a family, club or community group. Howard County Recreation & Parks welcomes all ages, children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Information: Melissa Byrne,

Red Hornets Volleyball Program – Columbia Volleyball Club

Registration is now open for our Red Hornets volleyball development program tailored to younger players ages 10-13. The program will meet at Roger Carter Community Center on Mondays from 6-8pm, starting on Nov. 19, – May 20. The cost is $450. For more information and registration, please visit or call 443-803-5143.

Annual Open House – Scouts BSA Troop 424

Annual Open House, Tues., Nov. 27, 7-8:30 p.m., Savage United Methodist Church, Savage Maryland. Adults & Youth in Grades 5th – 12th are welcomed to join us and learn more information about our new expanding Scouts BSA Program including our new Girls Troop starting in February 2019.

For more information please contact us at: or

Walk to Bethlehem – Glen Mar Church

FREE indoor/outdoor theatrical Christmas adventure for the whole family, Nov. 30, and Dec. 1 & 2, 5-8 p.m., Glen Mar Church, 4701 New Cut Road, Ellicott City, MD. Much of the Walk is outside and is wheelchair and stroller friendly.

Contact, 410-465-4995 Ext. 204, Margaret or email us at

Lively Arts for Little ones, Music for Kids – Oakland Mills Community Association

Music for kids, Fri., Nov. 30, 10 a.m., The Other Barn, 5851 Robert Oliver Place, Columbia, MD. Chris Campbell is the singer. The program is upbeat and interactive. Tickets are available on the day of the show or in advance at For more information, visit or email

The Nutcracker – Olney Ballet Theatre (Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts invitation)

Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts are invited to a special performance of The Nutcracker, Thurs., Dec. 6, 7:30 p.m., Olney Theater Center, 2001 Olney-Sandy Spring Road, Olney, MD. Wear your Scout uniform to the performance. Cost $11.35 advance tickets online; $12.00 at the door, subject to availability. For more information and to purchase advance tickets, visit

The Nutcracker – Olney Ballet Theatre

Fri., Dec. 7 – Dec. 24, Olney Ballet Theatre presents The Nutcracker at Olney Theatre Center, 2001 Olney-Sandy Spring Road, Olney, MD. Advance tickets available online at Tickets start at $27.20; discounts available for groups of 10 plus.

Teen Advisory Council – HC DrugFree

Teen Advisory Council (TAC) meets one Monday evening a month from 5:30-7 p.m. at 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 will meet on Monday, Dec. 10. 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.

Santa Brunch – Bethany United Methodist Church

Santa Brunch, Dec. 15, 9-11, a.m., Bethany UMC (2875 Bethany Lane, Ellicott City, MD.

Contact information – Nancy Pitrone, 410-465-2919
. The event is free but tickets are required due to space limitations.

The Nutcracker “Waltz of the Flowers” – Olney Ballet

Tea: Sun., Dec. 16, 3:30 p.m., Norbeck Country Club: individual advance tickets $40 through Dec. 2; $45 Dec. 3-16, subject to availability. Table for 10, $350 if purchased before December 2.

For more information or to purchase performance, Scout Night, or Tea tickets, visit