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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.

Army Angel Tree- The Salvation Army of Howard County

Registration for The Salvation Army Angel Tree Christmas program, Sept. 9-13 and 16-20, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. and Sept. 12 & 17, 5:30-7 p.m., 7150 Columbia Gateway Drive, Suite J Columbia, MD 21046. Children 12 and under receive Christmas gifts. FARM families and others are encouraged to apply. Call 443-656-3376 for information about what documents needed for registration. Sue Hunt,, 443-656-3376.

Adults Program-HC DrugFree, Inc.

This program will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 17, 7 p.m., Long Reach High School Auditorium located at 6101 Old Dobbin Lane in Columbia. Long Reach High School is pleased to partner with HC DrugFree to bring Dr. Amelia Arria, Director, Center on Young Adult Health and Development at the UMD School of Public Health to share her expertise with parents and other community members. This presentation will focus on areas of concern for high school parents and the impact of substance use, particularly marijuana, on academic performance. HC DrugFree’s Executive Director, Joan Webb Scornaienchi will discuss vaping and what’s happening in Howard County. She will also have a display for parents/adults to view hats sold locally with hidden drug pockets and many other common household items used to hide drugs. Visit the calendar at for more information.

Campus Engagement Fellowship for Teens: Info Night -Jewish Federation of Howard County

Are you a high school Sophomore, Junior, or Senior? Train to become a leader on your future college campus. Classes Weds., Sept 18, or Tues., Sept. 24, 7-8:30 p.m., 10630 Little Patuxent Pkwy, Suite 400, Columbia, MD. Shay Rubinstein, or 410-730-4976. To sign up for a free information night about the fellowship or to view the course syllabus, visit

How to Communicate with Teens- Columbia Association

FREE, Sept 19, 7-8 p.m., Columbia Association HQ, 6610 Hillside Court, Columbia.

2019 Maryland STEM Festival Art Contest-Maryland STEM Festival Inc.

Entries to be submitted via email. Deadline Sept. 19,;

After School Cheerleading-SuperSquads, Inc.

Cheerleading teams after school for Grades 2-5, Sept. 23 -Dec. 20, 2019
Various school locations. $140-$168, contact Terri Curley, 410-796-2244

Teen Advisory Council-HC DrugFree, Inc.

HC DrugFree’s Teen Advisory Council (TAC) meets one Monday evening a month from 5:30-7 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. The first meeting of the school year will be held on Monday, Sept. 23. Registration found at on the Teen Advisory Council page.

ESL Classes-Grace Community Church

Thursday nights, Sept. 26, 7 p.m., Long Reach High School
ESL classes for adults hoping to learn English. We offer classes for all levels. COST, $30 for new students, $10 for returning (book and workbook included), 240-553-1090 ext. 141

Consignment Sale-Columbia Area Mothers of Multiples

The Columbia Area Mothers of Multiples will be hosting its semi-annual consignment sale Sat., Sept. 28, 8-11:30 a.m., The Cradlerock School. Shop infant and child gear and clothing at deeply discounted prices. Entry starts at 8 a.m., for a $1 admission fee. VIP passes to start shopping early are available for $20 by contacting Half price sale on select items from 12-1 p.m. No strollers please. Shopping bags provided. For more information follow our Facebook Event

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 For more information about any of our programs, contact

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 For more information about any of our programs, contact

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 For more information about any of our programs, contact

After School Workshop-Biz Kidz Academy

Kids and teens (Ages 8-18) are invited to participate in an after-school workshop series, Oct. 2-30, and sell their business products during a Market Day/Shark Tank Competition, Nov. 2, Swansfield Elementary School, Columbia Maryland. During the workshop, they will learn how to brainstorm business ideas, plan a business, develop a marketing strategy and manage money. They’ll also compete for laptops and other prizes during our Nov. 2, Market Day/Shark Tank Competition. All participants will receive a Letter of Congratulations” from the Office of Maryland Governor Larry Hogan. Contact, Dr. Marlene Jackson, 410-530-4876,

Autism Walk and 5k Run-Howard County Autism Society

Oct. 5, Registration Opens at 9 a.m.; Event begins at 10 a.m., Centennial Park in Ellicott City, MD. Support the local autism community by registering to walk, run or volunteer for the 13th Annual One Step Closer Autism Walk & 5K Run. All proceeds benefit the Howard County Autism Society. Register online at

Fall Festival-Oakland Mills Community Association

The Oakland Mills FREE Fall Festival, Sat., Oct. 5, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. It is held RAIN or SHINE. It takes place outside The Other Barn in our Courtyard and surrounding area. For more information or If you are interested in being a vendor, please contact Brigitta Warren at or call 410-730-4610.

Community Yard Sale-Girl Scout Troop 4513

2019 FALL North Laurel Community Center YARD SALE, Oct. 5, 8 a.m. – 12.p.m.
North Laurel Community Center, 9411 Whiskey Bottom Road, Laurel, MD
$18.00 for vendors, no cost for shoppers, Carrie Byrum
Clean out your basements, closets, and garages and bring stuff down to the North Laurel Community Center for a fun day of selling and buying.

ESL Classes-Grace Community Church

Monday nights, Oct. 7, 6:30 p.m, Laurel Woods Elementary School.
ESL classes for adults hoping to learn English. Classes offered for all levels. COST, $30 for new students, $10 for returning (book and workbook included), 240-553-1090 ext. 141

Lively Arts for Little Ones-Oakland Mills Community Association

Come join us and have fun with Mr. Jon and Friends on Fri., Oct. 11, 10 a.m., The Other Barn Oakland Mills, 5851 Robert Oliver Pl, Columbia, Md. Tickets are $5 for everyone ages 2 and older and are available on the day of the show or in advance at Visit or join us on Facebook “Oakland Mills Village” for updates. Brigitta Warren/ 410-730-4610

Open House-Ellicott City Volunteer Fire Department

FREE Open house, Oct. 12, Ellicott City Volunteer Fire Dept., 4150 Montgomery Road Ellicott City 21043.

Student Volunteer Opportunity – Master Aging Conference

The Howard County Office on Aging and Independence is seeking student volunteers, ages 13 and up, for its Master Aging: Engage, Educate, & Inspire conference. Volunteers are needed for evening setup on Oct. 18 and/or during the event, Saturday, Oct. 19 at Howard Community College. Student service hours will be approved. Complete details including a schedule and contact information are provided online.

VOLUNTEERS WANTED Haunted Experience-Howard County Recreation and Parks

Volunteers Wanted, ages 16+ Fridays, Oct. 18 & 25, 6-10:30 p.m. and
Saturdays, Oct. 19 & 26, 5:30-10:30 p.m., Rockburn Branch Park. Come dressed as “scary characters” in the haunted house and in the park fields along the wagon route. Volunteer for one or more nights. Costume and makeup provided on site. Pre-registration required. Information: 410-313-4704,

STEM Family Night- Fort Meade Alliance

The Fort Meade Alliance is hosting STEM Family Night, Oct 23, 6-8 p.m.
Arundel Mills Dining Pavilion. This FREE event gives local elementary and middle school students and their parents a chance to experience the amazing world of science, technology, engineering and math.
Contact Melissa Edwards, 410-850-4940

Drug take back day-HC DrugFree

Dispose of Old EpiPens, Medication and More, Sat., Oct. 26, 10 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. in the Wilde Lake Village Center parking lot. HC DrugFree and the Howard County Police urge all families to clean out unwanted or expired over-the-counter and prescription medications and sharps. Visit HC DrugFree’s website and go to the Events/Drug Take Back Day page for more information about medication disposal, email or call 443-325-0040.