Community Briefs

August 09, 2009

Home building award

The ARC of Howard County's Awake House at 9359 Torrent Row in Columbia has been awarded Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum certification by the U.S. Green Building Council for achievement in green home building and design.

The Awake House, owned by Supportive Living Inc., provides 24-hour personal care for tenants with physical and/or developmental disabilities. Go to usgbc.org for more information.

Summer camp

Howard County Recreation and Parks will offer a nature camp Aug. 17-21 at the proposed Blandair Regional Park in Columbia. Campers will learn about nature and the history of Blandair through guided walks, hands-on activities and group projects. Also included is a tour of the manor house, archery sessions, nature walks, wildlife identification and swimming at the Roger Carter Pool.

Camp is for ages 9-12. Cost is $199. To register and for more information, call 410-313-7275 or go to hcrpsports.com.

Fire protection project

A road construction project along River Valley Chase Road near Route 32 is under way. The project involves minimal clearing and excavation to provide for the installation of a 30,000-gallon underground water storage tank for fire suppression. It is expected to be completed by mid-September.

There may be delays along River Valley Chase Road during the hours of 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays-Fridays. For questions or concerns about the project, call 410-313-3440 or e-mail publicworks@howardcountymd.gov.

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; 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 howardcountymd.gov/rap. For more information about the leagues, call Mark Pendleton at 410-313-4703 or go to hcrpsports.com.

Discount tickets

The Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks, through the Maryland Recreation Parks Association, is offering discount tickets to area theme and water parks. Tickets are for one-day visits and in some cases, season passes, to Busch Gardens, Six Flags Great Adventure and Six Flags America, Water Country USA, Kings Dominion, Dorney Park, Hersheypark, Dutch Wonderland and Sesame Place.

Tickets may be purchased from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Aug. 28 at recreation and parks headquarters at 7120 Oakland Mills Road in Columbia, 410-313-7275; or at the Glenwood Community Center at 2400 Route 97 in Cooksville, 410-313-4840. For more information, go to howardcountymd.gov/rap and click on amusement park tickets under what's new.

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. Practices are held 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 hcrpsports.com.

Supplies needed

The program Prepare for Success, 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 howardcountyaging.org and click on the 50+EXPO logo.

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.

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. Call 410-313-7890.

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