Howard County digest

February 11, 2011

Annual awards program

The Howard County Commission is accepting nominations for its annual Recognition Awards Program. Awards will recognize outstanding achievement by individuals and organizations that exemplify the commission's mission to promote successful aging in Howard County. The deadline for nominations is March 4. Winners will be recognized May 10 at the Bain Center in Columbia.

Categories include individual leadership awards, excellence in the arts, leadership in education, outstanding youth volunteer and more. For information or to download a nomination form, go to and click on the link for Commission on Aging 2011 Recognition Awards, or call 410-313-6410 and have it mailed. Send completed forms to Howard County Commission on Aging, 6751 Columbia Gateway Drive, Suite 200, Columbia, 21046, attention Awards Nomination, or e-mail to

Solar cooking contest

The Columbia Association's Teen Advisory Committee and the Columbia Archives are sponsoring a Solar Box Cooking Contest on May 14 at the Columbia Lakefront. Solar boxes can be used to make hotdogs, cookies, nachos and more. Prizes will be awarded for the best cooked item. The contest is part of the Save the Planet Day Celebration and the Columbia BikeAbout events.

For more information and instructions on how to build a solar cooker, call 410-715-5523.

Culture cafe

The Columbia Association, in collaboration with the African Art Museum of Maryland and the Council of Elders of the Black Community of Howard County, invites community members and those who have an interest in Africa to help plan an Africa Culture Cafe to be held from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. March 6 at the Hawthorn Center in Columbia. The Cafe will showcase African craft vendors, music, dance, videos, fashions and educational displays on West and East African countries. Information: 410-715-3162.


The Elkridge Adult Athletic Association is accepting applications from area high school seniors for its 2011 scholarship awards. Applications will be accepted until April 22. Information: 410-796-8088.


Silhouette Stages will hold auditions for "Chicago" from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, Feb. 15-16 at Slayton House, 10400 Cross Fox Lane. 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.

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 Sunday, 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.

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