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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.

Forestry and Natural Resources-Howard County Recreation and Parks

Natural Resources Careers Camp, July 21-27, Hickory Environmental Education Center. 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.

Musical Notes Summer Program – Bethany United Methodist Church

Program One: Music, Movement, Motion. Program Two: Children’s Rock Band. July 29-Aug. 2, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. (Music, Movement, Motion – Ages 3yrs to 6yrs) 9 a.m.-4 p.m. (Children’s Rock Band – 7+) Bethany UMC (2875 Bethany Lane, Ellicott City, MD) Contact information – Nancy Pitrone 410-465-2919

Kindergarten, Here We Come- Howard County Library

July 30, 2019, this 45-60-minute class for children entering Kindergarten this fall features stories and activities to help mark that all important first day, including boarding a real school bus. Cosponsored by Friends & Foundation of HCLS and Howard County Public School System. Registration opens one week prior to the start of classes at each branch. Registration and complete list of dates and times at http://hclibrary.org/classes-events/

Youth Leadership Project- HopeWorks’

HopeWorks’ Youth Leadership Project is a service-learning program dedicated to empowering teens to challenge systems of oppression and prevent relationship violence in their community that meets once a month during the school year.
Applications for the 2019/2020 school year are open through July 31, 2019 at www.wearehopeworks.org/ylp.Contact HopeWorks of Howard County at 410-997-0304. Download the Youth Leadership flier at https://bit.ly/2I5vJvT.

Moving Up to Middle School- Howard County Library

Classes begin Aug. 1, 2019, in this 60-minute class for students starting sixth grade this fall, meet new classmates, discuss the big move, and learn the secrets to success. Compete in a book bag relay and combination lock time-trial. Registration opens two weeks prior to the start of classes at each branch. Registration and complete list of dates and times at http://hclibrary.org/classes-events/

POWER UP VBS – Bethany United Methodist Church

Vacation Bible School, Aug. 12-16, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. (with after care available) Bethany UMC, 2875 Bethany Lane, Ellicott City, MD
Contact information – Nancy Pitrone 410 465 2919

SAC Junior Program- Soccer Association of Columbia

Now registering players for the SAC Junior Program is a fun-filled introduction to Soccer, SAC offers six, one-hour weekday or weekend sessions for ages 3-6 throughout the year in Howard County. Players receive an Under Armour jersey. Topics include body awareness, agility, balance and ball control.To register go to sackick.com. For more information about any of our programs, contact asksac@sac-hc.org.

Fall 2019/Spring 2020 Junior Academy-Soccer Association of Columbia

The league is open to players with birth years 2014 and 2015. Gender based teams meet for eight weeks each season on Saturday mornings and focus on skills, teamwork and the basics of soccer. Players receive an Under Armour jersey and socks. To register go to sackick.com. For more information about any of our programs, contact asksac@sac-hc.org.

Fall 2019/Spring 2020 Recreation Program-Soccer Association of Columbia

The league is open to players from ages 6 to 14. Teams meet for eight weeks each season for practices and weekend games. Players receive an Under Armour jersey, shorts and socks. To register go to sackick.com. For more information about any of our programs, contact asksac@sac-hc.org.

Fall 2019/Spring 2020 Recreation High School Program-Soccer Association of Columbia

The league is now registering players for the Fall 2019/Spring 2020 Recreation High School Program. The league is open to players from ages 14 to 18. Teams meet for eight weeks each season for weekend games. Players receive an Under Armour jersey. To register go to sackick.com. For more information about any of our programs, contact asksac@sac-hc.org.

Police Pace 5K Race and 1-Mile Fun Walk & Run-Howard County Police Foundation

Sun., Sept. 8, Centennial Park in Ellicott City. The Howard County Police Foundation will host its Annual Police Pace, a 5K race and one-mile, fun walk and run. Proceeds from this year’s event benefit several charitable initiatives For more information or to register visit the event page at https://policepace.com/race-info/.

Volunteer- Neighbor Ride

Summer is a great time to volunteer with Neighbor Ride. We’re looking for volunteer drivers who can provide just a couple rides a month for local seniors. Rides are door-to-door, so volunteers are free to run errands, grab a bite to eat, take a walk, hang-out at the pool, catch up on work, and more between pick-up and return-trip times. Rides are provided for medical appointments, shopping, social outings, faith services, and other day-to-day needs; and the stories shared on the road are absolutely priceless. Children are welcome to ride along while parents are volunteering for a wonderful family service experience. Orientations are held at our Columbia office every Tuesday at 9:30 a.m., and offsite orientations can be scheduled for groups of 5 or more. We’re also happy to schedule evening sessions upon request. Please contact Patrice Cerwonka or Holly Waddell at 410-884-7433 orvolunteer@neighborride.org for more information. You can also learn more at www.neighborride.org.