The Columbia Art Center and Little Patuxent Review present "An Evening With Danuta Hinc and Truth Thomas" at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 7 at the art center, 6100 Foreland Garth. Ms. Hinc, a local author, will discuss her latest novel, "To Kill the Other," and Mr. Thomas, a local poet, will discuss his book, "The Bottle of Life." In addition, author Rafael Alvarez will join the discussion. A Q&A and book-signing follows the discussion. Admission is free. Information: 410-730-0075 or go to columbiaartcenter.org.
Student film festival
The annual "Howard County Student Film Festival," a product of the HCPSS Gifted and Talented Intern/Mentor Program, is seeking original film submissions from public and private high school students. All films must be 3 to 10 minutes in length, original and family-friendly. Submission deadline is Feb. 25. Information: hocofilmfestival.com.
Association appoints new officers
The Association of Community Services of Howard County has appointed two new officers to fill vacancies. Debra Popiel, deputy director at Grassroots Crisis Intervention Center Inc., has been named secretary and David Shippee, CEO of Chase Brexton Health Services, has been named treasurer. The association provides education, advocacy and networking opportunities. Information: 410-715-7975 or acshoco.org.
Silhouette Stages will hold auditions for "Chicago" 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Feb. 15-16 at Slayton House, 10400 Cross Fox Lane. Callbacks, if needed, will be held on Feb. 17. Be prepared with 32 bars of a musical piece, sheet music or CD. An accompanist will be provided. Also, be prepared to dance. Dance portion of the audition will be at 8:30 p.m. Must be at least 17 to audition. To schedule an audition and for more information, call Conni Ross at 443-812-9895.
'Souper Bowl of Caring'
Local faith communities will hold a collection for Grassroots Crisis Intervention Center on Sunday, Feb. 6, to raise funds for the homeless and others in crisis. The campaign is designed to help alleviate hunger and poverty and educate young people about the less fortunate. Participating communities will use labeled soup kettles to make their collections before, during and/or after services on Super Bowl Sunday. Donations can also be sent to Grassroots, Souper Bowl of Caring, 6700 Freetown Road, Columbia, 21044.
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The Howard County Office of Children's Services presents a series of workshops for parents and guardians raising children from newborn to age 8 on one Thursday of each month through April at Howard County Library's East Columbia branch, 6600 Cradlerock Way. Topics include child development, encouraging self-esteem and good behavior, positive guidance and discipline, and how to keep children safe and healthy. Classes meet from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Cost is $5 per class. Registration and information: 410-313-1940.
•The paintings of Marc Boone and Michael Sastre will be on display through March 13 in the Rouse Co. Foundation Gallery at Howard Community College, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway. A reception will be held from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Feb. 2. Information: 410-772-4804.
•"Pieces of My Mind: A Piece a Week for a Year": Exhibit by fiber artist Martha Gilbert features 52 works created by the artist during 2010 and is on display through Feb. 13 at the Columbia Art Center, 6100 Foreland Garth. Free admission. Hours and information: 410-730-0075 or columbiaartcenter.org.
Social club for individuals diagnosed with early memory loss or dementia will meet from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays in the 50+ Center at the Gary J. Arthur Community Center at Glenwood. Activities include speakers, discussion of current events, yoga, meditation and art therapy. Daily fee of $26 includes snacks, lunch, coffee and tea. Information: Judy Miller at 410-313-5441 or email@example.com. Program is sponsored by the Howard County Office on Aging and the Alzheimer's Association of Greater Maryland.
A construction project to repair an eroding stream and extend a storm drain in the vicinity of Great Drum Circle and Evensong Mews in Columbia is under way. Project should be completed by early March. Information: 410-313-3440.
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 commuterconnections.org.