Education Notes


July 16, 2006

Culinary management open house at HCC

Howard Community College will offer a free hospitality and culinary management open house at 11 a.m. Saturday in the college's Burrill Galleria, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia.

The event will provide an overview of the college's new hospitality and culinary management degree and certificate programs and an opportunity to meet faculty and students in the program.

Those who attend will be served a free lunch, catered by Manny Rodriguez, owner of Guaro's Deli at Savage Mill and a candidate in the program's first graduating class.

Information or to reserve a space: 410-772-4469.

Free Kindermusic classes set in Aug.

Howard Community College will offer two days of free Kin- dermusic classes for children Aug. 12 and 26 in Room 100B of the college's ELB Building.

Sessions will be offered for families with children, newborn and older, at 9:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.

The classes will introduce a Kindermusic program at the college. Reservations are required.

Information: 410-428-1874, or

Conservancy offering nature programs

The Howard County Conservancy is offering nature programs at Mount Pleasant Farm, the conservancy's 232-acre nature reserve at 10520 Old Frederick Road in Woodstock.

The programs, which run for about 1 1/2 hours, include stories, crafts and a short nature walk, weather permitting. They are offered from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays this month and next. The cost is $5 a child; parents are admitted free. Registration is required.

The conservancy offers scholarships for its nature camps for children ages 5 to 11. The one-week camps run from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday through Aug. 18 at Mount Pleasant. They will be held outdoors and in the conservancy's Gudelsky Education Center.

Designed to nurture respect for the natural world, the camps will include hikes, nature games and crafts.

Mount Pleasant is open to the public from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays for hiking, touring, picnicking and visiting the Gudelsky Environmental Education Center and gift shop.

Information: Martha Moore, 410-465-8877.

Study-skills classes set for summer

Registration is open for summer middle and high school study-skills courses sponsored by the Stressless Tests Program.

Summer middle school classes will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Tuesday through Friday; they will be repeated Aug. 1-4. The classes will meet at Burleigh Manor Middle School. The cost is $155.

A session of summer high school classes will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Aug. 8-11. The classes will meet at Centennial High School. The cost is $155.

Classes are limited to 15 students.

Information or registration: Betty Caldwell, 410-740-4659, or

Dance theater has classes for kids

Kinetics Dance Theatre, 3280 Pine Orchard Lane, Ellicott City, offers summer classes for children and adults, as well as weeklong dance camps for new dancers, experienced dancers and Girl Scouts.

Children's classes will be available in ballet, tap, musical theater, hip-hop, ballet and jazz. Classes and camps continue through the summer.

Information: 410-480-1686, or

Officials seek leader for Health Council

The Howard County school system is accepting applications for the position of chairman of the Howard County School Health Council.

The council provides leadership and advice to the superintendent and the health officer on developing and promoting school health programs. The executive committee meets four times a year; the full committee also meets four times a year.

Local school health councils are required by state law. Membership is drawn from the health, business, religious and volunteer communities and includes parents and members of the school system and the Health Department.

Letters of interest should be submitted to Donna Heller, health services coordinator, HCPSS Applications and Research Lab, 10920 Route 108, Ellicott City 21042.

Advisory panel seeks at-large members

The Citizens Advisory Committee to the Board of Education is seeking at-large members for the 2006-2007 school year.

The group of residents and representatives from local PTAs serves in an advisory capacity to the elected school board, sponsors educational programming for members and encourages them to study and comment on curriculum, education policy, redistricting and the budget.

The committee usually meets at 7:30 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month. At-large members serve two-year terms.

Information: 410-313-6682.

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