Howard County digest

December 11, 2010


The Howard County Legacy Leadership Institute for the Environment is recruiting for its 2011 class, which begins Jan. 31. Program is designed for those 50 and older who want to gain skills and knowledge and leave a legacy through their volunteer work. Classes will be held twice a week for six weeks, followed by a mentored volunteer field placement of 150 hours from March to September. Classes are 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and will be held at the Wilde Lake Interfaith Center, Goddard Space Flight Center and the Howard County Conservancy. $50 fee required at time of enrollment. Information: 410-381-5279, 410-796-7232 or

PFLAG food drive and party

Howard County PFLAG — Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays — will hold its annual holiday party and food drive at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 14, at the Owen Brown Interfaith Center, 7246 Cradlerock Way, Columbia. The Baltimore Men's Chorus will provide musical entertainment. Light fare and beverages will be available. Attendees are asked to bring a dessert to share, as well as a bag of canned goods or nonperishable items to benefit the Howard County Food Bank. Information: 443-280-9047.

JROTC registration

Students can request an interview with the JROTC instructor and school administrator if the program is not offered at their designated high school and they want to enroll for the 2011/2012 school year. Parents should contact Atholton, Howard or Oakland Mills high schools to arrange an interview. Requests must be made by Jan. 21.


Hadassah of Howard County presents "An Evening with Dr. Brad Sachs" at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 16, at the Jewish Federation of Howard County, 10630 Little Patuxent Parkway in Columbia. The lecture, "Pulling Anchor, Setting Sail: Raising and Launching Independent Children," explores strategies parents can use to promote their children's self-reliance and self-respect. Sachs is a psychologist and the author of numerous books. Information: 410-531-5357.

Ride home program

The "Guaranteed Ride Home" program is coming to Howard County. The program, funded by the Maryland Department of Transportation, guarantees a free ride home to commuters who regularly travel to work by mass transit, van pool, car pool, bicycle or walking. The program offers a free ride up to four times a year in a taxi or rental car, depending on location. To be eligible, commuters must register in advance and renew their registration annually. Registration and information: 800-745-7433 or

Essay contests

•"Images of Freedom" The Columbia Association is hosting its annual Images of Freedom poster contest in honor of Black History Month for Howard County middle and high school students. Participants are to interpret the theme, "Images of Freedom." Five entries will be selected for display on the sides of Howard County Transit buses throughout February. Entries should be mailed or delivered to Images of Freedom poster contest, Attention Kelly Cooper, Columbia Association, 10221 Wincopin Circle, Columbia 21044. Each entry must include name, age, school, home address, e-mail and phone number on a separate piece of paper. Deadline is 5 p.m. Jan. 5. Information: 410-715-3104.

•Women's History Month Howard County's Commission for Women invites students, public, private and home-schooled grades six to 12 to participate in its annual essay contest honoring Women's History Month in March. Theme is "Our History is Our Strength." Essays should be sent to or mailed to the Commission for Women Student Essay contest, 6751 Columbia Gateway Drive, Suite 300, Columbia 21046. Deadline is Jan. 18. Information: 410-313-6400.

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.

•Students at Patuxent Valley Middle School have joined The Great American Can Roundup. A collection bin for aluminum cans is outside the school, and proceeds from recycling will be used to fund Green School projects and field trips. The school is at 9151 Vollmerhausen Road in Jessup.

Winter classes

Registration is under way for the Howard County Arts Council's visual and performing arts winter programs at the Howard County Center 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

Film series

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