County Digest

April 22, 2011


Howard County Ballet presents its production of "Cinderella," at 3 p.m. May 21-22 at Centennial High School, 4300 Centennial Lane in Ellicott City. Tickets are $19.50 in advance, $21 at the door; $12 for seniors children and students. Discount for groups of 10 or more. For tickets and more information, call 410-465-9414 or go to Tickets are also available by mail: Howard County Ballet, 8510 High Ridge Road, Ellicott City, Md. 21043.

Vendors for Columbia International Day

The Columbia Association seeks vendors for the 17th annual Columbia International Day being held from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, July 23, at the Downtown Columbia Lakefront. Columbia International Day highlights and celebrates the cultural and ethnic diversity that distinguishes Columbia from other communities. Free event features live music and entertainment representing a variety of cultures; international food and crafts vendors; children's activities and more.

Applications are being accepted from vendors and artisans who would like to display or sell items with an international theme. There is a discounted rate for vendors that apply before June 2. For an application and more information, call 410-715-3161 or go to

Renovation project

The Howard County Department of Recreation and 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.

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.

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.

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