Howard county digest

November 13, 2010

Call for entries

The Columbia Association Art Center seeks artists, 18 and older, to participate in its annual holiday art show, "Singular Sensations," Dec. 2-10 at the center, 6100 Foreland Garth in Columbia. Exhibition features artwork in all media for sale for $150 or less. Entry fee is $20. A reception with refreshments and live music will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Dec. 2. All artwork must be delivered to the center by Nov. 23. Information: 410-730-0075 or

Turkey give-away

The Community Action Council will sponsor a Thanksgiving turkey distribution to eligible county families beginning at 10:30 a.m. Nov. 23 at St. John Baptist Church, 9055 Tamar Drive in Columbia. Interested families must have received assistance from CAC during the year and should call 410-313-6440.

Winter classes

Registration is under way for the Howard County Arts Council's visual and performing arts winter programs at the Howard County for the Arts, 8510 High Ridge Road in Ellicott City. The council offers classes and workshops for children, teens and adults. Classes begin Jan. 25 and continue through March 26. For a brochure and information: 410-313-2787 or

Council seeks new members

The Howard County Council seeks candidates to serve a term, which will end Dec. 31, 2015, on the Board of Appeals. Board members serve overlapping five-year terms and must be registered voters and residents of the county. For an application, those interested should send a letter of interest and resume to Council Administrator, Howard County Council, 3430 Court House Drive, Ellicott City 21043. Deadline is Dec. 6.

HCC top community college

Howard Community College has been named as one of the top-rated community colleges in the nation as part of the Center for Digital Education's sixth annual Digital Community Colleges Survey. HCC was recognized as a leader in utilizing technology to provide exceptional services to students, educators and administrators.

Grant awarded

The Howard County Conservancy has received a grant of $10,000 from Recreational Equipment Inc. (REI) in support of the conservancy's volunteer programs. Grant will support programs such as the Volunteer Naturalist program, which trains volunteers to lead school groups on hikes at the conservancy, and the Habitat Restoration Group, which pairs adult mentors with students to work on trail maintenance. The conservancy provides educational programs for children and adults throughout the year and is at 10520 Old Frederick Road in Woodstock. Information: 410-465-8277.

Film series

The Columbia Jewish Congregation presents its annual film series beginning Jan. 22 with "A Matter of Size." All screenings will be at the Columbia Jewish Congregation, 5885 Robert Oliver Place, Room 200. Tickets are $30 for entire four-film series, $24 for three, or $17 for two showings. Single tickets will also be available at the door for $9. Doors open at 7:30 p.m.; screenings begin at 8 p.m. Refreshments and post-film discussion included. Information: 410-381-4809, 410-997-0694 or

Services directory

The Southeast Howard County Health Services Directory, a guide to resources near North Laurel and Savage, is available free at the North Laurel-Savage Multiservice Center, 9900 Washington Blvd. Directory includes listings of clinics, pharmacies, hospitals, general and family practices, dentists, obstetricians and gynecologists, transportation and crisis contacts. The guide also indicates whether Spanish and Korean are spoken at the facility, as well as the address, contact information and hours of operation. Hours and information: 410-880-5917.

Emergency funds

The Women's Giving Circle of Howard County has granted $4,900 of its 2010 grants budget in emergency funds to local nonprofits serving women and girls. Emergency grants are provided to selected nonprofit organizations on an annual basis to be used throughout the year toward immediate relief of emergencies in the lives of women and girls. Each of this year's recipients was granted $700. WGC was founded in 2002 and has more than 850 donors, who have contributed and pledged more than $850,000 to its donor-advised fund with the Columbia Foundation, Howard County's community foundation. Information:

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