Howard County briefs

August 14, 2010

Council seeks members

The Community Advisory Council to the Board of Education is seeking at-large members for the coming school year. The council sponsors educational programming for members and provides the opportunity to study and have input into curriculum, educational policy, redistricting and budget.

Committee meets at 7:30 p.m. the third Thursday of each month at the Department of Education in Ellicott City. At-large members serve a two-year term. Information: 410-313-6682.

Orientation

Orientation sessions for new Howard Community College students will be held from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Aug. 23 and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 25 in the college's Smith Theatre, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia. Sessions include refreshments, information packets and planned activities, including interactive workshops, tours and prizes. To register and more information, call 410-772-4430 or go to howardcc.edu.

Candidates forum

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 held at 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 16, at the school system's TV studio of 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.

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," Dvorak's Mass in D and Janacek's "Our Father." Rehearsals begin Sept. 7 and are from 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. every Tuesday at Hammond High School in Columbia. Information: 410-730-8549, or 410-799-9321 or procantare.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: howardcountymd.gov/BOE.

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

Red Branch Theatre Company is accepting resumes for costume designers, lighting designers and stage managers for the remaining shows this season. Send applications to Jennifer Spieler at jspieler1025@aol.com.

Panel seeks 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.

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.

Call for artists

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