Howard County digest

March 25, 2011

Yard waste collection

Howard County's Bureau of Environmental Services will resume weekly yard waste collections, beginning Friday, April 1, and continuing through Jan. 20. Yard waste collection will be picked up once a week during a resident's regular recycling day and should be placed outside by 6 a.m. Allowable yard waste items include grass, leaves, hedge clippings/light brush, small limbs or branches less than 4 inches in diameter and 4 feet in length, dry seed pods, straw, hay and bamboo. Residents are encouraged to use paper bags or reusable containers.

To obtain a free paper yard waste bag (limit two bags per family), go to the Bureau of Environmental Services at 6751 Columbia Gateway Drive, Suite 514 in Columbia, or the Alpha Ridge Landfill at 2350 Marriottsville Road in Marriottsville.

For a complete list of what yard waste is and is not accepted, or more information, go to


Chesapeake Shakespeare Company will host an open discussion featuring the "Shakespeare Behind Bars" program founder and director, Curt Tofteland, at 7 p.m. Friday, April 1, at Oliver's Carriage House, 5410 Leaf Treader Way in Columbia. Tofteland will discuss his experiences introducing the incarcerated to the works of William Shakespeare. Information: 410-313-8874

Housing fair

Howard County Housing Department hosts the "Come Home to Howard County" housing fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 9, at Long Reach High School, 6101 Old Dobbin Lane in Columbia. Event provides information that individuals and families need to know about buying or renting a home in Howard County. The fair will also be the only site of this year's housing lottery drawing, at 1:30 p.m. in the school's atrium. The drawing offers the applicant the opportunity to purchase a home priced below market value in Howard County. The lottery winner may also be eligible for up to a $10,000 down payment and closing cost assistance from the American Dream Downpayment Initiative (ADDI). (Must be present to win.)

For more information about the fair and/or lottery houses, call 410-313-6318 or go to

School news

The Board of Education will meet with PTA presidents and the Community Advisory Council at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 31, in the Board Room at the Department of Education, 10910 Route108 in Ellicott City. Meeting is an opportunity for members of the PTA and council to discuss issues and concerns with Board members in an informal setting. Information: 410-313-6680.

'Inspiration Walk'

Special Olympics of Howard County sponsors its 10th annual "Inspiration Walk" on Saturday, April 16, at Centennial Park. Proceeds from the walk will provide funding for a year-round sports training and athletic competition program in 19 sports for more than 550 Howard County children and adults with intellectual disabilities. Registration begins at 8 a.m., and the walk kicks off at 9:15 a.m.

For registration and more information, call 410-740-0500 or go to

Art show

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 information, call 410-465-8877 or go to

Support group

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.

Art competition

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.

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