Community briefs

April 23, 2010

Spring fair

The Longfellow Elementary School Springtastic Spring Fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, 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.

‘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

Housing applications

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

School news

The Howard County public school system is seeking members for a potential Attendance Area Adjustment Committee. 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.

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.

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.

Mentors and tutors wanted

A-OK (Assisting Our Kids) Mentoring-Tutoring Program needs adult volunteers to work in Howard County schools, grades K-8, and after-school programs. A-OK is working with the following schools: Oakland Mills Middle School, Bryant Woods, Longfellow, Phelps Luck, Running Brook, and Talbott Springs elementary schools.

To volunteer and for more information, call Chaya Kaplan at 410-730-6030 or e-mail

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.

Recycle old TVs

The Howard County Bureau of Environmental Services reminds residents who have decided not to continue using their analog TVs to recycle them 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 old TVs (32 inches or smaller) at no charge. Limited to two televisions per person per day. Console televisions are not accepted.

Information: 410-313-6444 or

Volunteers needed

The Howard County Conservancy, 10520 Old Frederick Road, Woodstock, seeks gardening volunteers to work Wednesday mornings helping maintain the thematic and native plant gardens on the property. All levels of experience are needed. Information: 410-465-8877 or

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