Howard County digest

February 18, 2011

Kindergarten registration

Registration for new students or students entering public school kindergarten in August will be held at all Howard County public elementary schools 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday-Friday, Feb. 28-March 4, and other times as determined by individual schools.

Parent or guardian must present the following information at the time of registration:

•The child's proof of birth in the form of a birth certificate, baptism certificate, hospital certificate, or passport.

•Record of immunizations.

•Proof of residency in the form of a lease, a deed, or house contract and a utility bill.

•Photo ID of the parent/guardian.

•Proof of parental relationship or custody.

Driver's licenses and voter registration cards will not be accepted as proof of residence. Parents of children born outside of the United States and/or for whom English is not the primary language spoken in the home, should contact the International Student Registration Center at 410-313-1525 (English/Korean) or 410-313-7102 (English/Spanish) for registration. For addition information, call 410-313-6682.

Laser tag

The Columbia Association Teen Advisory Committee sponsors a special high school outing from 7:15 p.m. to 9:15 p.m. March 19 at Shadowland, a laser tag adventure site in Columbia. Cost of the event is $5 per person and includes two games, pizza and snacks. All Howard County high school students are welcome. Space is limited. To register and more information, call 410-715-5523. Shadowland is located at 9179 Red Branch Road.


The Howard County Conservancy seeks volunteer naturalists to serve as educators for the Conservancy's school programs at Mt. Pleasant, 10520 Old Frederick Road in Woodstock. Naturalists will assist conservancy staff in leading hikes on the conservancy's historic farm property. Training takes place from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursdays in March. Participants will receive a manual and learn about native plants, animal species, ecological concepts and the history of Mountt Pleasant. Cost for materials is $10. Registration and information: 410-465-8877.

Summer day camps

Glen Mar United Methodist Church in Ellicott City will hold weekly summer day camp sessions, June 27-Aug. 5 for children entering kindergarten through sixth grade. Full-day and half-day sessions are available. Costs are $145 to $225 per week. $50 deposit is required for each camp at time of registration, balance is due by June 1. Sessions include Pioneer Outdoor Camp; Mix It Up Camp; What's Cooking?; Summer Fun and Games; Lights, Camera, Action; Celebrate; and Talent Camp. Information: Andrea Calomeris at 410-465-4995, ext. 212 or e-mail Registration forms available on at

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 2011 Commission on Aging Recognition Awards, or call 410-313-6410 to 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.

Student film festival

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