Annual July 4 festival and fireworks display will be held from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday, July 4, at the Downtown Columbia Lakefront. Festival kicks off with children's entertainment featuring a puppet theater, The Kinderman and stilt man Wes Holly. Fireworks display begins at 9:30 p.m. Free parking. Rain date for fireworks is July 5. Information: 410-313-1671.
Howard County Recreation and Parks' annual concert series held at Centennial Park South, 10000 Route 108, kicks off July 7 with classic rock and pop by Captain Jack. Concerts are free. $3 per vehicle parking fee, except Aug. 11. Information: 410-313-4700 or howardcountymd.gov/rap.
Management committee volunteers needed
The Columbia Association seeks representatives from Harper's Choice, Kings Contrivance, Oakland Mills and River Hill to serve on its Watershed Management Resident Advisory Committee. For more information, contact Sean Harbaugh at 410-381-3470. Resumes can be submitted to him at 10221 Wincopin Circle, Columbia 21044. Deadline is July 26.
The Howard County Conservancy is seeking drop-in gardening volunteers to help maintain the thematic and native plant gardens on the property. Work days are 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. the first and third Saturdays of the month, and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. the second and fourth Wednesdays. All levels of experience needed. Information: 410-465-8877 or go to hcconservancy.org.
Call for artists
Artists 18 and older who live, work or study in Howard County are invited to submit one piece of original art for a nonjuried exhibit at the Howard County Center for the Arts, 8510 High Ridge Road, Ellicott City being held July 2-Aug. 13. Drop-off is 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, June 28, at the center. Artwork will be accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis, one piece per artist, until the gallery is full. All work must be delivered ready for installation.
A free reception will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. July8. Hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, 10a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays, and noon to 4 p.m. Sundays. Information: 410-313-2787 or hocoarts.org.
Umbrella exhibit seeks artists
The Columbia Art Center seeks artists of all ages to visually interpret the theme "Your World: What Makes You, YOU?" on golf umbrellas as part of Columbia International Day on July 24 at the Columbia Downtown Lakefront. Artists of all ages are eligible to participate individually, as a pair or a group. Entry forms and information: 410-715-3161 or columbiaartcenter.org.
Theater workers needed
Red Branch Theatre Company is accepting resumes for costume designers, lighting designers and stage managers for the remaining shows in the current season. Interested persons should send applications to Jennifer Spieler at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Howard County Farm-City Committee is offering a Farm-City Committee Scholarship of up to $500 to a county high school senior for the fall semester. The scholarship will be awarded to a student who has maintained academic excellence and whose efforts in agriculture have improved the county.
The student should be involved in education, agriculture and community support. Students should complete an application, write a 1,000-word essay on how their studies will help the county, and supply a letter of recommendation, high school transcript and a resume with community activities, service projects, awards and work experience. Applications are due July 1. Information: http://www.hceda.org.
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: email@example.com.
The Howard County Commission on Disability Issues seeks nominees for its annual leadership awards program to recognize outstanding efforts and promote the spirit 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. To download a nomination form, go to howardcountymd.gov/citizenservices or call 410-313-6402 to get one by mail. Deadline to submit nominations is July 30.
Habitat for Humanity and the Boy Scouts of America have placed a collection bin for aluminum cans at the entrance to the parking lot of Christ Memorial Presbyterian Church, 6410 Amherst Ave., in Allview Estates. Information: 410-997-4949.
International Day vendors