County Digest

April 29, 2011

Boating season

The Department of Recreation & Parks has opened its newly renovated boat-launching ramp and fishing pier at Centennial Park. Located on the south side of the park, the ramp and pier improvements include an enlarged pier and an ADA-compliant walkway to the pier.

The start of this year's boating season, which normally begins March 1, was pushed back to April 22 due to the construction project. As a result, the cost of an annual boat permit has been reduced from $35 to $30. Permit is good for the entire season, which ends Nov. 30.

Information: 410-313-7271 or

Fashion show

Youths ages 5-14 are invited to a model call from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, May 15, at the Ridgely's Run Community Center, 8400 Mission Road in Jessup, for an opportunity to participate in the Fabulous Fashion Show on June 5. No experience necessary. If selected, participants will attend two additional practices May 22 at the center and on May 29 at the Teen Center, 5853 Robert Oliver Place in Columbia. There is a $10 participation fee for those selected. The fashion show will be held at the Doubletree Hotel, 5485 Twin Knolls Road in Columbia.

Event is sponsored by the Columbia Association Middle School Advisory Committee and produced by Sean Gibson of Model Citizens Models. Information: 410-715-5523.

Business expo

The Columbia Association's Business Expo will be 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. May 18 at the Columbia SportsPark, 5453 Harper's Farm Road. Informational displays will educate business professionals on the association's offerings available through programs and services. Displays include the Columbia Art Center, Columbia SportsPark, Volunteer Center Serving Howard County, camps, time banking, golf, a physician referral program, Columbia Matters TV show and more. Event will also include a moon bounce for the kids, music and food. Free, but registration is encouraged.

To register and more information, call 410-715-3185 or go to


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, 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.

Volunteers needed

Volunteers are needed for the annual Columbia BikeAbout on May 14, 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.

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