Howard County digest

February 04, 2011


Silhouette Stages will hold auditions for "Chicago" from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Feb. 15 and 16 at Slayton House, 10400 Cross Fox Lane. Callbacks, if needed, will be 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. The dance portion of the audition will be at 8:30 p.m. You must be at least 17 to audition. To schedule an audition or 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. Information:

School news

The Cradlerock School in Columbia returns to its original configuration as an elementary and middle school July 1. A committee has been formed to select names for both schools. Information: 410-313-6682.

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 three to 10 minutes in length, original and family-friendly. Submission deadline is Feb. 25. Information:

Parenting workshops

The Howard County Office of Children's Services presents a series of workshops for parents and guardians raising children from newborn to age 8, 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.

Art exhibits

•"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

•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. Information: 410-772-4804.

'Kindred Spirits'

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 Program is sponsored by the Howard County Office on Aging and the Alzheimer's Association of Greater Maryland.

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.

Recycle old TVs

The Howard County Bureau of Environmental Services reminds residents to recycle analog TVs rather than throw them away. Options available:

The Alpha Ridge Landfill Resident's Convenience Area, 2350 Marriottsville Road, is open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Saturday and accepts TVs, computers, keyboards, printers, scanners, laptops, VCRs, radios and other electronics.

•Best Buy's Customer Take-Back Program allows customers to bring in old TVs (32 inches or smaller) at no charge. Limited to two televisions per person per day. Console televisions are not accepted.

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