Howard County briefs

August 20, 2010

Orientation

Orientation sessions for new Howard Community College students will be held from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 23, and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, 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.

Tutors needed

A-OK (Assist Our Kids) Mentoring-Tutoring Inc. seeks adult volunteers to work in Howard County Public Schools and in after-school programs. Volunteers may work in individual students and/or small groups during and after school. Volunteers are asked to commit for one hour a week for a minimum of one school year. Among the schools the organization is associated with are, Oakland Mills Middle School, and Atholton, Bryant Woods, Longfellow, Phelps Luck and Running brook elementary schools. Information: 410-730-6030.

Conservancy seeks volunteers

The Howard County Conservancy seeks volunteer naturalists for its fall elementary filed trip program. Naturalists assist conservancy staff during field trips by leading nature hikes. Fall field trips are offered during October and November, and volunteers are asked to lead a minimum of three hikes. Training takes place from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sept. 2, 16, 23 and 30. Participants will receive a manual and learn ecological concepts as well as the history, plant life and wildlife of Howard County. Cost for materials is $10. To register and more information, call 410-465-8877.

Fall classes

Registration is under way for the Howard County Arts Council's visual and performing arts programs at the Howard County Center for the Arts, 8510 High Ridge Road in Ellicott City. The arts council offers classes and workshops for children, teens and adults. Among the classes offered are acting, cartooning, sculpture, sumi painting, embroidery and photography. Classes begin Sept. 20 and run through Nov. 20. To register and more information, call 410-313-2787 or go to hocoarts.org.

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.

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.

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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