The Howard County Conservancy hosts its annual Juried Art Show and Auction, "The Art of Stewardship — Lands & Historic Buildings & Structures," through April 13, at 10520 Old Frederick Road in Woodstock. Open to all original art and photography media, including sculpture, from traditional to contemporary work, using a variety of techniques and imaginative interpretations. Works will be judged on their focus on the care, appreciation and understanding of our lands, historic buildings and structures. For an entry form and more information, call 410-465-8877 or go to hcconservancy.org.
Jewish Community Services is offering a new community bereavement group, beginning on May 2. The group will meet from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. for eight weeks, through June 27. For anyone mourning the death of a loved one, the group will provide a welcoming place where participants can be with others who are grieving, find support within the Jewish community, and benefit from the opportunity to talk with specialists about grief. Pre-registration is required by April 15. Fee is $36. The group will not meet on May 30. To register, location and more information, call 410-730-4976, ext. 120.
The Columbia Art Center Galleries sponsors the Congressional Art Competition for the 3rd Congressional District of Maryland, April 7-9. Exhibition will feature more than 35 2D art works created by high school students from the 3rd Congressional District counties, including Baltimore, Baltimore County, Howard County and Anne Arundel County. Art on display will include paintings, drawings, collage works, prints, mixed media, computer generated art, and photography.
An awards ceremony and reception for the show will be held from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. April 9, at the Columbia Art Center, 6100 Foreland Garth in Columbia. Congressman John Sarbanes, honorary chairman of the event, will announce and honor the award winners of the show. First Place winning artwork will hang in the U.S. Capitol building in Washington for one year with the rest of the national winners. For gallery hours and more information, call 410-730-0075 or go to columbiaartcenter.org.
Donors to the Columbia Foundation have established scholarships for public high school seniors who will attend a two- or four-year college or university this fall. Information and applications are available at columbiafoundation.org under the grants and programs tab, and at high school guidance counselor offices. Applicants will need to deliver completed application forms to their guidance counselors before March 31.
The annual "GreenFest" takes place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 2 at Howard Community College, Burrill Galleria, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway in Columbia. Event features vendors with information on topics such as creatively reusing waste products, energy efficiency and water conservation, green buildings, green consumer products, and living green in Howard County. Attendees can also learn more about composting, improving indoor air quality, green car care, eating local and seasonal foods, beekeeping, biking to work and minimizing their carbon footprint. Workshops will be held on how to build a rain barrel, recycling and vegetable gardening. Outdoor activities include a guided nature walk, a garlic mustard pull, on site tree planting and a guided exploration for reptiles.
For more information and a schedule of events, call 410-313-4374 or go to hcgreenfest.org.
Vacation Bible school
Glen Mar United Methodist Church will hold two vacation Bible school sessions this summer for three-year-olds through present sixth-graders. The theme is "PandaMania." Session I runs July 5-8 and Session II runs July 11-15. Both are from 9 a.m. to noon at the church, 4701 New Cut Road in Ellicott City. Suggested donation is $25 per child or $50 per family, and includes a T-Shirt. Registration deadline is April 30. To register and more information, call 410-465-4995, ext. 204 or go to glenmarumc.org.
The Howard County Arts Council seeks volunteers to assist at its Celebration of the Arts and 30th Anniversary Gala on Saturday, 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 Kimberly@hocoarts.org.
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 columbiaassociation.org.