Howard County digest

February 25, 2011

Auto flea market

The Chesapeake Region of the Antique Automobile Club of America sponsors the 38th annual Antique Auto Parts Flea Market from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. — rain or shine — at the Howard County Fairgrounds, 2210 Fairgrounds Road, West Friendship. Event features indoor, outdoor and undercover vendor sites. Free admission and parking. Information: 443-744-6338 or

Food drive

On Saturday, March 5, Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts, and Girl Scouts will go door-to-door to collect donations of nonperishable food items and deliver them to food pantries in the county. Blue plastic bags will be dropped off at area homes a few days before collection day. Information: 410-750-3239.


Special Olympics Howard County will award two scholarships to outstanding student volunteers who have demonstrated their commitment to the program by volunteering and advocating for the athletes. Available are the Jackie Burk Memorial Award for Outstanding Student Volunteer for Special Olympics Howard County, valued at $1,500, and the Allan Homes Award, valued at $1,000.

Interested students must complete an application (available at, provide at least one recommendation from a Special Olympics coach, management team member or sports coordinator, and write a 500-word essay about their experiences as a volunteer. High school seniors and college students are eligible to apply.

Completed applications should be mailed to Special Olympics Howard County, 8970 Route 108, Suite A-1, Columbia, 21045, attention Scholarship Committee, and must be postmarked no later than April 1.

Information: 410-740-0500.

Boutique sale

The first Project Prom Dress Boutique sale will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 27, at the Y of Central Maryland, Dancel Family Center, 4331 Montgomery Road in Ellicott City. There will be hundreds of designer dresses available at reasonable prices, (most under $75). Event benefits the American Red Cross. Information: 410-465-7507.


Ken Short, Architectural Historian for Howard County's Department of Planning and Zoning, will deliver a lecture titled, "New Thoughts on Old Things: A Preliminary Reassessment of Howard County's Historic Architecture." Event takes place at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 27, at the Howard County Historical Society Museum, 8328 Court Ave., Ellicott City. Cost is $5, $3 for society members. Information: 410-750-0370 or go to

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 at 9179 Red Branch Road.


The Howard County Conservancy seeks volunteer naturalists to serve as educators for the Conservancy's school programs at Mount Pleasant, 10520 Old Frederick Road in Woodstock. Naturalists will assist conservancy staff in leading hikes on the conservancy's historic farm property. Training is 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 Mount Pleasant. Cost for materials is $10. Registration and information: 410-465-8877.

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