Community Briefs

July 26, 2009

Cradlerock students win 2nd in Trebuchet competition

Four middle school students, Alexis Ligon, Caroline Pyon, Xinxin Guo and Ben Kale from Cradlerock School in Columbia, won second place for design efficiency and accuracy in the Trebuchet, a sophisticated type of catapult, competition at the 2009 Mathematics, Engineering and Science Achievement (MESA) USA National Engineering Contest held in Denver on June 25 and 26.

Professional engineers evaluated the student projects on the basis of performance in mathematics, oral and written communications, and expertise and proficiency in architectural and engineering applications.

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

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

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

Hospitality industry open house

Anyone interested in either starting or advancing a career in the hospitality industry can attend a free culinary or hospitality open house at Howard Community College, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway in Columbia. The culinary session will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday and the hotel and restaurant management session will be held at 11 a.m. Aug. 8. There will be a light lunch and free gift for all participants. To register and more information, call 410-772-4469.

'Prepare for Success' needs supplies

Program sponsored by the Community Action Council of Howard County raises funds to purchase backpacks and collects donations of school supplies from around the county. Donors will be able to drop off pencils, paper, scissors, rulers, crayons, notebooks and other supplies through Aug. 28 at boxes throughout the county, including the Columbia Village Centers, all library branches, Columbia Association gyms, the George Howard Building and the Columbia Gateway Building. Call 410-313-6655.

Vendors wanted

Vendors and exhibitors are wanted for Howard County's 50+EXPO, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 16 at Wilde Lake High School, 5460 Trumpeter Road. This year's event features a health fair, health screenings, workshops, live entertainment and food. Fees for vendors vary and are based on category and location. For more information, call 410-313-7467 or go to and click on the 50+EXPO logo.

Columbia Association

* The Columbia Association is recruiting youths ages 11 to 19 to become members of its middle school and teen advisory committees. As members of the committee, teens can create and implement events and programs for their peers. Past activities include teen idol and role model competitions, charity fundraisers, concerts, a free college fair, dances and more. Members must attend meetings once a month. Call 410-715-5523 for more information.

* The Columbia Association Board of Directors' Planning and Strategy Committee seeks volunteers whose background or careers are in the financial management area to serve a one-year term on the Financial Advisory Committee. Applicants must live or work on Columbia Association-assessed property.

Mail letters of interest along with a resume by July 27 to Chick Rhodehamel, 10221 Wincopin Circle, Suite 100, Columbia, 21044; via fax to 410-312-6327; or e-mail to For additional information, call 410-381-3551.

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