Howard County briefs

July 30, 2010

Auditions for Columbia Pro Cantare

Columbia Pro Cantare is holding auditions for all parts for its 34th season. Works scheduled to be performed include Bach's "Singet dem Herrn," Mozart's Ave Verum Corpus and Regina Coeli, Barber's Agnus Dei and "Sure on this Shining Night," Handel's "Messiah," Dvořák's Mass in D and Janaček's "Our Father." Rehearsals begin Sept. 7 and are from 7:30 to 10 p.m. every Tuesday at Hammond High School in Columbia. Information: 410-730-8549, or 410-799-9321 or http://www.procantare.org.

Columbia Orchestra auditions

The Columbia Orchestra, a volunteer adult community orchestra, has vacancies for all string instruments (permanent positions); and woodwinds, brass and percussion (substitutes). Advanced high school students are welcome to audition. Auditions will be held 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 15 and 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Aug. 16 at Christ Episcopal Church, 6800 Oakland Mills Road, Columbia. Audition requirements and to schedule an audition: annesward@comcast.net or 410-465-8777, ext. 4.

Candidates forums

The League of Women Voters of Howard County will host a forum for candidates for the Board of Education running in the September primary. The forum will be at 7 p.m. Aug. 16 at the TV studio of the Howard County Public School System in the Application & Research Lab at 10920 Route 108, Ellicott City. The public is encouraged to attend and submit questions. Information: http://www.howard.lwvmd.org or 410-730-0142.

The league will also hold a forum Tuesday, Aug. 3, for District 3 and 7 congressional candidates; Wednesday, Aug. 4, for members of the General Assembly from Districts 9, 12 and 13; and Aug. 10 for county executive and County Council candidates. These forums will be held in the board room of the Department of Education building, 8700 Old Annapolis Road, Ellicott City, 21042. The public is encouraged to attend. Forums will also be broadcast live on GTV from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. each evening.

Voter registration

The League of Women Voters will hold voter registration at the East Columbia Library, 6600 Cradlerock Way, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 3, and from 11 a.m. to 3p.m. Saturday, Aug 7, at all six Howard County Library branches. Information: 410-730-0142 or howard.lwvmd.org.

Performing artist award

The Howard County Arts Council is accepting applications for its 2011 Rising Star Performing Artist Professional Development award. Competition is open to individual performers, ages 18-35, who live, train, work or perform regularly in Howard County or have done so in the past. Review criteria include artistic expression, technical ability and stage presence. Up to 10 finalists will be selected to perform at the council's gala celebration March 26. The audience of more than 500 artists, patrons, business and political representatives and community members will vote for their favorite performer; the winner receives a $5,000 award on stage. Information: 410-313-2787 or hocoarts.org.

Art contest

The Howard County Bird Club is sponsoring a "Youth Bird Art Contest" for residents ages 9-13, to draw, paint or sculpt their favorite bird. Prizes include a backpack containing a pair of Eagle Optic binoculars, field guides and a year's membership to the bird club. Deadline for submissions is Sept. 1. Information: howardbirds.org.

Election judges needed

The Howard County Board of Elections needs registered voters to work as election judges throughout the county during the 2010 primary Sept. 14 and the general election Nov. 2. Registered Republicans are needed most, but Democratic judges are also needed. Information: http://www.howardcountymd.gov/BOE.

Volunteer coordinator

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

Volunteers

The Howard County Conservancy is seeking Wednesday drop-in gardening volunteers from 9:30 a.m. to noon to help maintain 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.

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 arts and crafts revolving around the themes of ecology, recycling and the environment. Admission is free. Information and times: 410-887-1081.

Theater workers needed

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