County Digest

May 06, 2011

'Save the Planet Day'

The Columbia Association's Teen Advisory Committee holds this event from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 14, immediately following the Columbia Archives' BikeAbout event at the Town Center Lakefront. Event features green-minded vendors, entertainment, food and children's activities. Residents are encouraged to bring old cellphones, digital cameras, iPods, MP3 players, denim and sneakers to recycle. The committee is comprised of local high school students who bring new and exciting opportunities to the teen community in Howard County.

Information: 410-715-5523.


At 6 p.m. Saturday, May 28, the Howard County STARS will hold its annual end-of-the-year celebration at River Hill High School, 12101 Route 108 in Clarksville. Event brings together more than 600 high school theatre students to celebrate a season of outstanding performances. The celebration features excerpts from each of the 12 high school theatrical productions, a performance by the All-County Improvisational Acting Troupe and a salute to the critic teams. Tickets are $10 and be purchased from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday-Friday at River Hill High School or online at

Flea market and book sale

Event takes place from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 11 at Shepherd of the Glen Lutheran Church, 14551 Burntwoods Road in Glenwood. Rain date is June 18. Tables available for $5 and spaces are free. Information: 410-489-0063.

Endowment fund

Howard County resident Elaine Ritchey has established the Arnold Braer and Maggie Endowment Fund, a donor-advised fund at the Columbia Foundation, that will support organizations dedicated to animal welfare. Fund is a memorial to her brother, Arnold Braer, who lived in Laurel, and his beagle, Maggie. The two died in November 2006. For more information about the Columbia Foundation, call 410-730-7840 or go to

Seeking committee members

The Slayton House Gallery seeks qualified persons for the Slayton House Gallery Selection Committee. Applicants must have a background in the arts to be considered. Send resume to Bernice Kish, or Carole Black, This is a pro bono position. Deadline is June 15.

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. 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.

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