Howard County digest

  • Brown pelicans fly off as kayakers approach. They are along a route in the new book "Sea Kayaking Maryland's Chesapeake Bay: Day Trips on the Tidal Tributaries and Coastlines of the Western and Eastern Shore" by Michael Savario and Andrea Nolan.
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March 11, 2011


The Howard County Arts Council seeks volunteers to assist at its Celebration of the Arts and 30th Anniversary Gala on March 26 at HCC's Horowitz Visual and Performing Arts Center. Volunteers are needed for various opportunities, including reception, raffle ticket sales, silent auction and general setup. Those interested should contact the Howard County Arts Council at 410-313-2787 or e-mail

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 Friday, March 18, to Howard County Office of Sustainability, Attn: Lindsay DeMarzo, 3430 Court House Drive, Ellicott City, 21043.

Swimming pools

The Columbia Association is developing an Aquatics Master Plan to ensure pools serve the community in the near and long-terms. Informational workshops to provide an overview of the master plan process will be held from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. March 29 at the Other Barn, 5851 Robert Oliver Place in Oakland Mills, and March 30 at the Hawthorn Community Center, 6175 Sunny Spring Road in Hickory Ridge. Information: 410-381-1096 or go to

Art contest

The Columbia Association's International Exchange and Multicultural Programs are sponsoring the annual Sister Cities Young Artist Competition. Residents, ages 13-17, are invited to create an original artwork illustrating their vision of this year's contest theme, "Shaping Your Community for a Greener Future." Artwork should reflect the many ways you or your community are working to protect the environment. Artwork may highlight a problem, issue or solution that is important to you. First-prize winner will receive a $50 gift certificate to The Mall in Columbia, and be entered into the Young Artist Competition of Sister Cities International, which awards 10 finalists. Second- and third-place finishers will receive a $25 gift certificate to be used toward a class or workshop at the Columbia Art Center.

Accepted media include watercolor, oils, pastels, pen and ink, charcoal, photography, mixed media and collage, as well as computer-generated art. All work must be two-dimensional and no more than 1/4 inch in depth. Artwork must be submitted by April 15 to the Columbia Art Center, 6100 Foreland Garth, 21045.

For an entry form and more information, call 410-730-0075 or the association's International Exchange and Multicultural Programs at 410-715-3162, or go to


Misako Ballet Company will hold an audition at 10:45 a.m. April 9 at its studio, Harper's Choice Village Center, 5485 Harper's Farm Road, Suite 203, in Columbia. People who have a strong background in dance, either classical ballet or modern, and are 18 years or older are encouraged to try out. Information: 410-884-9690.

'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. Showtimes vary. Tickets are $15-$18 in advance, $20 at the door. Information: 410-997-9352 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.


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