Community briefs

May 29, 2010


Howard County small-business financier, j-ref, will hold "WIFM — What's in It For Me" from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, June 3, at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, Kossiakoff Center, 11100 Johns Hopkins Road, Laurel. Tickets are $50 in advance, $65 at the door. Information:

Commencement exercises

Graduation dates and times for Howard County high schools are as follows and take place at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, with the exception of Cedar Lane, which will be held at the school, 11630 Scaggsville Road, Fulton.

Tuesday, June 1

Noon: Long Reach

4 p.m.: Hammond

8 p.m.: River Hill

Wednesday, June 2

Noon: Wilde Lake

4 p.m.: Marriotts Ridge

8 p.m.: Centennial

Thursday, June 3

9:30 a.m.: Cedar Lane (at Cedar Lane)

Noon: Howard

4 p.m.: Mount Hebron

8 p.m.: Atholton

Call individual schools for more information.

Art exhibits

The Howard County Arts Council presents the "Resident Visual Artists Exhibit" and "Contrast & Symmetry" through June 19 at 8510 High Ridge Road, Ellicott City. A reception will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. June 17. Hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays and noon to 4 p.m. Sundays. Information: 410-313-2787 or


•Red Branch Theatre Company seeks an actor to play the role of Robert in David Auburn's Pulitzer Prize-winning play, "Proof." The actor should be able to portray a man in his late 50s and older. Information and to schedule an audition:

Leadership awards

The Howard County Commission on Disability Issues seeks nominees for its annual leadership awards program. Awards are given annually to recognize outstanding efforts and promote the spirit and intent of the Americans with Disabilities Act, and achieving independence through pursuing personal goals while living with a disability. Nominees must live, work or provide services in Howard County.

For details about the award categories and to download a nomination form, go to or call 410-313-6402 to have a form mailed. Deadline to submit nominations is July 30.

Committee seeks new members

The Secondary Language Arts Advisory Committee, consisting of teachers, administrators, students, parents and other community members who advise, support and advocate for the continuous improvement of educational programs, seeks new members. The committee meets four times during the school year at a central location.

Call 410-313-6620 for information.

Columbia Home Tour

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

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 the Boy Scouts of America. Information: 410-997-4949.

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.

Teen vocalists and bands

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

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

Teachers needed

The Howard County Arts Council is looking for teachers to fill positions in its visual and performing arts summer camps. Among the subjects offered in the camps are painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture, dance, musical theater, poetry and creative writing. Camps are open to students in grades K-7.

Contact Wendy Meetze at 410-313-2787.

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 volunteers to work Wednesday mornings to help maintain gardens on the property. All levels of experience are needed. Information: 410-465-8877 or

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