Howard County briefs

July 10, 2010

AmeriCorps volunteer

AT:LAST Inc. is looking for a volunteer coordinator for Volunteer Maryland. The position is for an 11-month, 20-hour-per-week position starting in mid-September. Benefits include extensive training, a living stipend, and money for college and insurance. Information: 410-381-2667 or communications@matcoop.org. Deadline is Aug. 1.

Housing program

Applications for the July enrollment period for the county's Moderate Income Housing Unit (MIHU) program are being accepted until July 30. Program offers new homes at reduced sale prices and rents to eligible families. There will also be a free "MIHU Buyers and Renters Workshop" at 6 p.m. Tuesday, July 13, at the Gateway Building, 6751 Columbia Gateway Drive, Columbia. Information: 410-313-6318 or howardcountymd.gov.

Relief fund

The Howard County Arts Council has created a $25,000 artRELIEF fund to help alleviate the affect the recession has had on the local arts community. Seven organizations will receive grants: Candlelight Concert Society, Chesapeake Shakespeare Company, Columbia Center for Theatrical Arts, Columbia Festival of the Arts, Columbia Orchestra, Columbia Pro Cantare and the Howard County Poetry and Literature Society. Average award will be $3,500.

Volunteers

The Howard County Conservancy is seeking Wednesday drop-in gardening volunteers from 9:30 a.m. to noon, to help maintain the thematic and native plant gardens on the property. All levels of experience are welcome.

Also, drop-in work days in the Children's Garden, located within the Community Gardens, 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. No experience needed. Meet at the Nature Center.

Information: 410-465-8877 or hcconservancy.org.

'Sunset Serenades'

Howard County Recreation and Parks' annual concert series held at Centennial Park South, 10000 Route 108, continues Wednesday, July 14, with blues and rock by Janine Wilson. Concerts are free. $3 per vehicle parking fee, except Aug. 11. Information: 410-313-4700 or howardcountymd.gov/rap.

Nature series

Continuing through late August, the Benjamin Banneker Historical Park & Museum hosts its "Summer Saturdays Nature Series" at 300 Oella Ave. Activities include a campfire/night hike, a quilting workshop, and various arts and crafts revolving around the themes of ecology, recycling and the environment. Admission is free. Information and times: 410-887-1081.

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. Send applications to Jennifer Spieler at jspieler1025@aol.com.

Leadership awards

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.

Recycling cans

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

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

Teen vocalists and bands

The Columbia Association Teen Advisory Committee is seeking performers for "Teen Tuesdays" at the Downtown Columbia Lakefront through July 27. Teen Tuesdays are part of the annual Lakefront Festival, which features outdoor concerts and movies during the summer. Teens should send a CD to Carol Wasser, 10221 Wincopin Circle, Columbia 21044.

Library resources

The Howard County Library will offer one-on-one tutoring at its branches.

Call a library branch to schedule a session, available at all branches unless indicated.

"Job Search Tools at the Library," a tour of databases, websites and periodicals as well as the business and career sections, will be offered at the Central Library. 410-313-7850.

"Mouse in the House: Family Web Surfing," a program for children 7 and older and adults that covers the basics of surfing the Internet and websites that are friendly to children.

"Open the Door to Open Office," a tour for ages 15 and older of the free software package that creates, edits and saves documents, spreadsheets, presentations and pictures.

"Research 24/7," a way to access full-text articles and other resources for school assignments, business or personal use from any computer.

"Surfing Basics for Seniors," hands-on practice in using the Internet, offered at the Central Library. 410-313-7800.

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