Howard County digest

April 01, 2011

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 comehometohowardcounty.org.

Art competition

The Columbia Art Center Galleries sponsors the Congressional Art Competition for the 3rd Congressional District of Maryland, Thursday-Saturday, April 7- 9. Exhibition will feature more than 35 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. Rep. John Sarbanes, honorary chairman of the event, will announce the award winners of the show. First-place artwork will hang in the Capitol 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.

Volunteers needed

Volunteers are needed for the annual Columbia BikeAbout, being held on May 14. This is a free event organized by the Columbia Association and the Columbia Archives. Volunteers will assist with traffic control, directions, registration and act as guides along the 12-mile route. Flexible shifts are available between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. A free t-shirt and training will be provided.

This year's route, which will start and end at the Town Center Lakefront, winds through Wilde Lake, Harper's Choice and Hickory Ridge. The Town Center walking tour will include the lakefront art and architecture, and Historic Oakland. Information: 410-715-6781.

College fair

The Columbia Association Teen Advisory Committee and Howard County Library will co-sponsor a free college fair from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday, April 11, at Centennial High School, 4300 Centennial Lane in Ellicott City. Representatives from more than 100 schools nationwide will be in attendance. Information: 410-715-5523 or go to columbiaassociation.org.

Disaster information sessions

The Volunteer Center of Howard County hosts monthly disaster volunteer information and orientation sessions to inform community members on how to plan, prepare and effectively serve in times of disaster to improve community preparedness and resiliency. Sessions will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 5, Wednesday, May 11, and Tuesday, June 28, at 10221 Wincopin Circle in Columbia. Each session will identify local response agencies and inform participants of how they can volunteer, prepare and train to respond in times of disaster.

To register and more information: 410-715-3179.

Yard waste collection

Howard County's Bureau of Environmental Services will resume weekly yard waste collections through Jan. 20, 2012. 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 howardcountymd.gov/DPW/recycling.htm.

'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 somdhc.org.

Art show

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