County Digest

April 15, 2011

Renovation project

The Howard County Department of Recreation & Parks has received a $30,000 grant from the National Recreational Trails Program Fund. The grant will be used for the renovation of the Village of Owen Brown's pedestrian pathway system.

The project, scheduled to begin in October, will allow the restoration of the deteriorating east Columbia pathway with a new overlay of asphalt. Howard County will provide $30,000 in matching funds, along with any remaining funds needed for the project.

Renovations will consist of repaving the 3,909-foot pathway that serves the Owen Brown Community Center, Owen Brown Interfaith Center, Owen Brown Village Shopping Center, Cradlerock School, the Howard County Library's East Columbia branch, and the Southwick and Elkhorn housing communities. Anticipated completion date is the summer of 2012.

Information: 410-313-2022.

Holy Week services

Emmanuel United Methodist Church, 10755 Scaggsville Road in Laurel, will host the following Holy Week services:

•Maundy Thursday, 7 p.m. April 21.

•Good Friday, noon and 7 p.m. April 22.

•Easter Sunrise, 7 a.m. April 24.

•Easter Sunday, 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. April 24.

Information: 301-725-5200 or

Vehicle identification

Free vehicle identification number etching will be offered from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 30, at Amherst House, 7251 Eden Brook Drive in Columbia. Owners can have their vehicle's identification number engraved on all of the vehicle's major pieces of glass. The engraving is a deterrent, and assists in returning a stolen vehicle to its rightful owner. Also, register for "Watch Your Car," a national vehicle theft-prevention program, and get a free steering wheel lock (while supplies last). Event is sponsored by Howard County police and the Maryland/Washington Anti-Car Theft Committee. Information: 410-313-4759.

Spring art classes

Registration is under way for visual and performing arts programs at the Howard County Center for the Arts in Ellicott City. Classes and workshops are available for children and adults, ranging from one-day workshops to five-week classes, beginning the week of April 26 at 8510 High Ridge Road. Class brochures are available at the center or online at

For more information, call 410-313-2787 or go to the website.

Quilt show

A show presented by the Milltown Quilters will be held Thursday-Saturday, April 28-30, at First Presbyterian Church of Howard County, 9325 Presbyterian Circle in Columbia. Hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Thursday-Friday, and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. The show will feature more than 250 quilts, and include demonstrations, vendors, raffle baskets, peddler's table, a silent auction with cash and carry items, and the "Summer Morning" raffle. Information:

Volunteers needed

Volunteers are needed for the annual Columbia BikeAbout, being held May 14. This is a free event organized by the Columbia Association and the Columbia Archives. Volunteers will assist with traffic control, directions and 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.

Disaster information sessions

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

To register and for 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 will be picked up weekly during regular recycling days 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 for more information, go to

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