Community Briefs

July 05, 2009

Children's services

The CARE Center for Child and Adolescent Resources provides free information to Howard County parents to find services and programs in the community for children and teens. Staff will help families identify their needs and give information to find solutions to their problems. Resource and referral information can cover areas such as community services, recreation and sports, financial assistance, support groups, drug or alcohol abuse, youth development, child care programs and others.

Information: 410-313-2273 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Football and cheerleading

The Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks is accepting registrations for Warhawks flag and tackle football and cheerleading.

Flag football for ages 5-6 is $85; tackle football, ages 7-14 is $160.; cheerleading, ages 5-14 is $125. Practice begins in August at Mount View Middle School, 12101 Woodford Drive in Marriottsville.

Tackle football participants are placed on teams based on age and weight.

To register, call 410-313-7275 or go to

Volunteer needed

AT:LAST Inc. is seeking an Americorps worker to serve as a volunteer coordinator for a 20-hour per week, 11-month position starting in September. Benefits include a stipend, money for college, insurance and extensive training. E-mail for and information. Deadline is Aug. 1.

'Your Nose Knows'

Pre-school program is an exploration of gardens and smelling the scents of nature. Presented at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Howard County Conservancy, 10520 Old Frederick Road in Woodstock. Cost is $5. 410-465-8877.

New library hours

All Howard County Library branches will open one hour later Mondays-Saturdays. New hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays. Central and Miller branches are open 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays year-round. All branches resume Sunday hours Sept. 13. 410-313-7890.

Adult basketball leagues

The Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks is accepting registrations for its fall basketball leagues. Play begins Sept. 6. The $570 fee includes an eight-game regular season schedule, single-elimination playoffs, game officials and awards. Registration deadline is Aug. 21; teams that register before Aug. 7 receive a 5 percent discount. Men's leagues are on Sunday mornings and Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday or Friday evenings. Men's over 30 league runs Tuesday evenings. Women's league play takes place Thursday evenings and the co-rec league on Wednesday evenings. To register, call 410-313-7275 or go to For more information about the leagues, call Mark Pendleton at 410-313-4703 or go to

'Talkin' Baseball'

Regular meeting will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday at Brighton Gardens Assisted Living, 7110 Minstrel Way in Columbia. Speaker will be Steve Walker, author of It's a Whole New Ballgame: The 1969 Washington Senators. All are welcome. 410-740-1145.

Adult softball leagues

The Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks is accepting registration for its fall softball leagues. Play begins Aug. 16. Categories include men's "D" division games every night except Saturdays, a women's Tuesday division, and Co-Rec "C" and "D" division games on Wednesday, Thursday or Friday. Cost is $680 for a 14-game season. Fees include officials, game balls, sanction fees, awards, playoff field reservation and lights. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis; space is limited. Deadline is July 24. Call 410-313-7275 or go to

Recycle old TVs

The Howard County Bureau of Environmental Services reminds residents who have decided not to continue using their analog TVs to recycle instead of throwing them away. Options available:

* The Alpha Ridge Landfill Resident's Convenience Area, 2350 Marriottsville Road is open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Saturday and accepts TVs, computers, keyboards, printers, scanners, laptops, VCRs, radios and other electronics.

* Best Buy's Customer Take-Back Program allows customers to bring in their old TVs (32 inches or smaller) at no charge. Limited to two televisions per person per day. Console televisions are not accepted.

Call 410-313-6444 or go to for more information.

Safety brochure

"Howard Transit-Safety Guidelines for Bus Passengers," available in English and Spanish, provides guidelines on boarding and exiting the bus, location of emergency equipment, safety features, drivers' and passengers' responsibilities and emergency contact numbers. Brochure can be picked up from any Howard Transit bus driver or by calling 800-270-9553.

Summer camps

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