Community Briefs

November 08, 2009

Self-defense seminar

Ju-Jitsu Dojo of Columbia will hold a self-defense seminar for women ages 14 and older from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at 9515 Gerwig Lane, Suite 103. Class includes learning effective striking methods, how to escape from various holds, self-defense on the ground and how deal with an armed assailant.

Cost is $20. To register and more information, call 410-309-1988 or go to

'Creating Rituals'

"Creating Rituals: Making Meaning with Stories and Symbols" takes place from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday at Bon Secours Spiritual Center, 1525 Marriottsville Road. Cost is $50. Patricia Montley is the spiritual leader.

Information: 410-442-1320.

Thanksgiving celebration

Howard County Office on Aging will hold a Thanksgiving celebration for seniors Nov. 18 at the Ten Oaks Ballroom, 5000 Signal Bell Lane in Clarksville. Activities begin at 10:30 a.m. with "Signing Thanks, Too" celebration, and guests will enjoy a traditional turkey dinner and be the judges for the Howard County Senior Idol Contest. Tickets are $9.75 and can be purchased at any senior center.

For more information, call 410-313-6537 or e-mail

Toy drive

Long & Foster's Columbia office announces its annual toy drive to benefit the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves' Toys for Tots Campaign. Items may be dropped off daily between 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 10805 Hickory Ridge Road in Columbia before Dec. 18.

Information: 410-715-2748.

Call for artists

The Columbia Association Art Center invites artists to participate in "Singular Sensations," a holiday exhibition featuring artwork in all media priced for sale at $150 or lower. Show runs Dec. 3-13 at 6100 Foreland Garth. Exhibition will feature pottery, fiber, jewelry, paintings, photographs, collage, glass and more. Reception will be held Dec. 3. Artists receive 80 percent commission on all sales. Deadline for entry form and artwork is Nov. 22.

Call 410-730-0075 or go to for entry form and more information.

Directors and playwrights

Laurel Mill Playhouse invites directors and playwrights (14 to 18 years old) to submit resumes and one-act plays for the Laurel Mill Young Playwrights One Act Festival held Jan. 22-24 at 508 Main St. in Laurel. Information must be received by Nov. 15 via e-mail to Auditions will be held in late November.

Information: 301-452-2557.

Holocaust survivors

The Jewish Federation of Howard County has received a grant from the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany. County residents who are Holocaust survivors and have a limited income may qualify for a grant to obtain medical care, shelter, food and clothing.

Call 410-730-4976, ext. 120, for more information.

Information for students

Howard Community College will host a "High School Information Session" for prospective college students and their parents at 7 p.m. Nov. 19 on the fourth floor of the Rouse Company Foundation Student Services Hall, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway in Columbia.

Information: 410-772-4599 or e-mail

Essay contest

The Howard County Bird Club announces its annual Youth Birding Essay Contest. Applicants must be Howard County residents between the ages of 9 and 13. Topic of the essay is "My Favorite Bird Watching Experience." Length should be no longer than 250 words.

Prize for the best essay is a backpack containing a pair of Eagle Optics Triumph 8x42 binoculars, a field guide and a one-year membership in the Howard County Bird Club.

Essays should be sent to Tom Miller, 6404 Glasgow Circle, Sykesville 21784 or e-mail to Include name, age and contact information. Deadline is Jan. 31.

Women's opportunity award

Soroptimist International of Howard County seeks applicants for the Soroptimist Women's Opportunity Award. Annual award provides a cash grant to a woman head-of-household who needs financial assistance to go back to school to obtain additional education, job skills and training. The money may be used for any cost associated with continuing education, including books, child care and transportation.

Call 410-461-5922 for application or write to Soroptimist of Howard County, Foundations Chair, 8321 Main St., P.M.B. No. 101, Ellicott City, 21043.

Application deadline is Jan. 11.

Poster design contest

The Columbia Festival of the Arts will feature an original piece of artwork by a Howard County K-12 student on its 2010 brochures, programs and posters. Winning work will be purchased from the student for a cash prize of $500. Certificates will be awarded for the best entry in each grade level and also for juror's and director's choices. Selected pieces will be on display at the festival June 11-26.

On their entries, students should visually interpret the essence of a multidisciplinary arts festival. Dimensions of the artwork should be 16 1/2 by 11 3/4 inches on white paper only. Deadline is at 5 p.m. Feb. 5. Winning entries become property of the festival arts.

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