Howard County digest

March 04, 2011

Environmental video contest

The Howard County Environmental Sustainability Board is sponsoring the annual Green Screen Video Festival for county elementary, middle and high school students. Cash awards, from private funds, will be given out at the board's environmental summit during the county's Greenfest on April 2 at Howard County Community College.

"Stormwater Management: Help Save the Chesapeake Bay" is this year's topic for videos in either of two categories: public service announcements or information videos. Guidelines with information sources and entry forms are available by sending an e-mail to or for download at

Videos must be submitted by March 18 to Howard County Office of Sustainability, Attn: Lindsay DeMarzo, 3430 Court House Drive, Ellicott City, 21043.

'Into the Woods'

Red Branch Theatre Company presents its first show of the season March 25 through April 9 at the Drama Learning Center, 9130-I Red Branch Road in Columbia. Show times vary. Tickets are $15-$18 in advance, $20 at the door. Information: 410-997-9352 or

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. Saturday, March 12 — rain or shine — at the Howard County Fairgrounds, 2210 Fairgrounds Road, West Friendship. Event features indoor, outdoor and covered vendor sites. Free admission and parking. Information: 443-744-6338 or


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, Attn: Scholarship Committee, 8970 Route 108, Suite A-1, Columbia, 21045, and must be postmarked no later than April 1.

Information: 410-740-0500.

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 at 9179 Red Branch Road, 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. Registration and information: 410-715-5523.


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.

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 at

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 hot dogs, 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.

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