Community briefs

April 16, 2010

‘Columbia Home Tour'

Volunteers are needed to act as hosts at the various homes along the tour, which will be from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 6. Those interested should call Carol Hobelmann at 410-730-3987.

Seeking volunteers

Howard County Recreation and Parks is accepting applications from those older than 21 who are interested in volunteering at the 18th Annual Wine in the Woods Festival being held May 15 and 16 at Symphony Woods in Columbia. For more information, call 410-313-4624 or go to

Emergency readiness classes

The Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue Services offers a series of free classes in Citizens Emergency Readiness Training (CERT) at the James N. Robey Public Safety Training Center, 2200 Scott Wheeler Drive in Marriottsville. Program is designed to educate residents about disaster preparedness for natural and man-made emergencies. During training residents will learn skills that can provide support to others until professional help arrives.

Information and a class schedule: 410-313-6030.

Spring fair

The Longfellow Elementary School Springtastic Spring Fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 1 at the school, 5470 Hesperus Drive in Columbia. There will be games, a silent auction, dunk tank, food and more. Admission is free. Information: 410-313-6879.

Housing applications

Howard County Housing is accepting applications for the Moderate Income Housing Unit program. Enrollment period ends April 30. Information: 410-313-6318 or

Recycling cans

Habitat for Humanity has placed a collection bin for aluminum cans on the west side of Columbia at the entrance to the parking lot of Christ Memorial Presbyterian Church, 6410 Amherst Ave. in Allview Estates.

This is a joint project with Boy Scouts of America. Information: 410-997-4949.

School news

•Gifted and talented testing will be held from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. May 1 at Faulkner Ridge Center, 10598 Marble Faun Court in Columbia. Testing is for nonpublic-school students in grades 5-7 who plan to enter county middle schools in August. Information and to register: 410-313-6800. Deadline is Friday.

•The Howard County public school system is seeking members for a potential Attendance Area Adjustment Committee. , to be appointed by the superintendent. Redistricting may be under consideration for next year. Prospective plans must be reviewed by a committee of 10 to 12 residents and might include one student. Letters and resumes should be sent to: Howard County Public School System, Office of School Planning, 10910 Route 108, Ellicott City 21042. Deadline is May 3.

Information: 410-313-1554.

International Day vendors

The Columbia Association is seeking vendors and artisans for its annual Columbia International Day on July 24 at the Downtown Columbia Lakefront. This free event features live music and entertainment representing a variety of cultures, with food, crafts, children's activities and more. Applications are being accepted from those who wish to display or sell items with an international theme. There is a discounted rate for those who apply before June 2.

Information: 410-715-3161 or 410-715-3175.

BikeAbout volunteers needed

Volunteers are needed for the annual Columbia BikeAbout on May 8. Volunteers will assist with traffic control, directions and registration, and act as guides along the 15-mile route. Flexible shifts are available between 8:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Training, along with a free T-shirt, will be provided.

Information: 410-715-3103.

Call for artists

Slayton House Gallery is accepting applications to exhibit for the coming season. Applications are available by e-mailing Information: 410-730-3987.

Teen vocalists and bands

The Columbia Association Teen Advisory Committee is seeking individual performers or groups to play at "Teen Tuesdays" at the Downtown Columbia Lakefront on Tuesdays from June 22 through July 27. Teen Tuesdays is part of the annual Lakefront Festival that features outdoor concerts and movies during the summer.

Interested teens should send a CD to Carol Wasser, 10221 Wincopin Circle, Columbia 21044.

Road work

Construction project at the intersection of Dobbin Road and Dobbin Center Way, south of Route 175 in Columbia, is under way. Project includes the construction of a right-turn lane from southbound Dobbin Road onto westbound Dobbin Center Way. Completion is scheduled for May.

For questions or concerns about Capital Project J-4211, call 410-313-3440.

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.

Information: 410-730-4976, ext. 120.

Teachers needed

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