Annual "Hear My Voice Teen Day" and "Teen Idol" competition will be held from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 10 at Lake Kittamaqundi, 10221 Wincopin Circle in Columbia. Event will be emceed by comedian Jason Weems. Teen idol winner will be awarded a $300 cash prize and, for the first time, the audience will choose the winner of the People's Choice Award, who will receive a $100 Lord & Taylor gift card. Information: 410-992-3726.
Hickory Ridge Community Association seeks vendors for its Holiday Craft Show, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 21 at the Hawthorn Center, 6175 Sunny Spring in Columbia. All items must be hand-crafted. Table fee is $20. Information: 410-730-7327.
Hall of fame nominations
Howard County's Commission for Women is seeking nominations for outstanding women to be inducted into the 2011 Women's Hall of Fame. The event honors women who have made significant contributions to Howard County, Maryland or the nation through their profession and/or community service, and who are role models. Nominees can be either living or deceased, and must have lived in Howard County for at least 10 years. Deadline for submissions is Nov. 12. Information: 410-313-6400 or howardcountymd.gov/citizenservices.
Savage Park project
A construction project to stabilize a stream channel and improve treatment of storm-water runoff in Savage Park is scheduled to begin on or about Oct. 12. The purpose of the project is to repair an eroding channel that carries storm water from the park property to the Little Patuxent River, following a path that crosses the recently installed Little Patuxent Parallel Sewer Interceptor. The project should be completed by early February. Information: 410-313-3440.
Howard County Housing is accepting applications for the October enrollment period for the county's Moderate Income Housing Unit program until Oct. 29. Program offers quality new homes at reduced sale prices and rental rates to eligible families. Information: 410-313-6318.
Job search support group
Howard Community College's Counseling and Career Services Office offers a free job search support group from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Fridays through Nov. 12 at 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia. Meetings focus on learning and practicing job search strategies, including clarifying and marketing your skills, researching employers and industries, networking, writing resumes and cover letters, interviewing and preparing for HCC's job fair being held Nov. 5. Information: 410-772-4855.
The Columbia Foundation will hold its dinner and 40th anniversary finale from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Oct. 27 at Ten Oaks Ballroom, 5000 Signal Bell Lane in Clarksville. Tickets are $70 per person. Information: 410-730-7840.
The National Endowment for the Arts has announced that the Howard County Arts Council has been awarded a $12,000 Learning in the Arts for Children & Youth grant for its Head StART in ART program. The Learning in the Arts for Children & Youth Category offers funding to advance arts education for children and youths in school-based or community-based settings. Information: 410-313-2787 or hocoarts.org.
•Red Branch Theatre Company, 9130 Red Branch Road, Columbia, will hold children's auditions from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 9 for its December production of "Hansel & Gretel." All roles are open. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org with preferred date and time for audition. Everyone is required to bring a headshot and/or resume and a prepared musical excerpt (about one minute in length) that displays vocal range. Classical piece is preferable but not mandatory. Information: redbranchtheatre.com.
•The Fabulous 50+ Players will be performing an outreach program based on their show, "Fab 50s do the '50s," at the various senior centers in Howard County between October and December. Auditions will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 5 at the Howard County Center for the Arts, 8510 High Ridge Road, Ellicott City. Information: 410-313-2787.
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 with 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 and Atholton, Bryant Woods, Longfellow, Phelps Luck and Running Brook elementary schools. Information: 410-730-6030.