Extension office offers course in master gardening New...


November 07, 2001

Extension office offers course in master gardening

New and experienced gardeners are invited to register for the Master Gardener Training Program offered by the Maryland Cooperative Extension, Howard County office. Training will cover plant, insect and disease problems, vegetable gardening, composting, the environmental impact of gardening practices and other topics.

Training will be offered from 9 a.m. to noon Mondays and Wednesdays, Jan. 28 to March 29, at the Maryland Cooperative Extension office in Ellicott City. The cost is $110.

Anyone with an interest in gardening, especially those with skills and interests such as writing, graphics and computers, are encouraged to apply. Gardening experience is not required.

Information or to receive a registration packet: 410-313-2707.

Board of Education meeting is tomorrow

The Howard County Board of Education will hold a regularly scheduled meeting at 4 p.m. tomorrow in the boardroom at the Department of Education, 10910 Route 108, Ellicott City.

The afternoon session, and an evening session that begins at 7:30 p.m., will begin with a public forum, when members of the public may address the board on any topic. No advance sign-up is required.

The board also will hold a luncheon meeting with student leaders at noon in the boardroom.

Information: 410-313-7197, or 410-313-6682.

Program for parents deals with teens' free time

The HC Drug Free "Issues in Parenting" series will continue with "Two to 6 p.m.: A Look at Unsupervised Free Time" - a program for parents only - from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday at Hammond High School, 8800 Guilford Road, Columbia. Issues to be discussed include the Internet, sex, drugs and how to handle teen-agers' free time.

Information: Stan Eisenstein, 410-313-2856, or S_Eisenstein@yahoo.com.

Information meeting today at community college

Howard Community College will hold an information session about the James W. Rouse Scholars Program at 7 p.m. today in the college's Smith Theatre, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia.

The two-year honors and leadership program includes seminars and activities emphasizing civic responsibility, volunteerism and the cultural arts. Students who complete the program can transfer to four-year colleges and universities.

A series of high school nights for prospective students and their parents will be held at 7 p.m. Nov. 15 and Feb. 7, 14 and 21.

The college's programs and services will be discussed. Included will be the Freshman Focus, Rouse Scholars, Silas Craft Collegians, Summer Scholars and Early Entrance programs and financial aid. Participants will have an opportunity to tour the campus.

Information or registration: 410-772-4599, or Hsinfo@howard cc.edu.

Tech magnet program orientations scheduled

Eighth-graders in the Howard County public school system who intend to enroll in the Technology Magnet Program are required to attend a personal orientation session.

An orientation request form, which has been mailed to pupils' homes, must be returned to the Technology Magnet Program office by Nov. 16. Parents and pupils will be notified of the time of their appointment.

The 20-minute orientations will be held this month. Pupils who decide to apply for the program must submit an enrollment application with their high school registration materials.

Open houses on career clusters in the program are held from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Applications and Research Laboratory, 10920 Route 108, Ellicott City. Biotechnology, Health Related Services and Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism will be discussed tonight, and Construction and Manufacturing and Energy, Power and Transportation will be the topics tomorrow.

Information: 410-313-6682.

Resource fair for parents scheduled for Monday

The third SPARKS Fair will be held from 6:45 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Monday at Long Reach High School. Rosalind Wiseman will discuss "Peer Power: Helping Your Teen Survive the Social Jungle."

The fairs, supported by a grant from Horizon Foundation's Strategic Initiatives Program, are intended to familiarize parents of teen-agers with community resources and support services that can help them protect their children's physical and emotional health.

Admission is free. Refreshments will be served. The program will be interpreted for those who are hearing-impaired.

Information: 410-740-7605.

Suggestions for education articles may be directed to reporter Tanika White at tanika.white@baltsun.com or to the Howard County Bureau of The Sun, 410-715-2821; by fax, 410-715-2816.

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