County Digest

May 13, 2011

'Mural in the Parks' contest

The Department of Recreation & Parks is sponsoring an art contest for youths ages 11-17. Contestants are to design a mural illustrating the department's activities or programs such as the environment and nature, sports, art, music, dance or even a favorite park facility. There will be one winner for each of the park locations. Winners will receive a $50 gift certificate that can be used for a future camp, class, league, program or amusement park ticket. Entry forms with contest rules are available at howardcountymd.gov/rap. For more information, call Jennene Lausier at 410-313-1693. Entries should be mailed or dropped off at Recreation & Parks' Headquarters, Attention: Teen Division, 7120 Oakland Mills Road, Columbia, 21046. Deadline is June 1.

Guided hikes

The Howard County Conservancy offers free guided hikes and talks on the second Saturday of the month. At 10 a.m. on May 21, visitors can enjoy an easy walk in the meadows and woods and along stream banks of the conservancy, 10520 Old Frederick Road in Woodstock. Information: 410-465-8877 or go to hcconservancy.org.

Volunteers

The Howard County Arts Council seeks two volunteers to serve on the Baltimore City Arts & Cultural grant review panel. Interested individuals should have expertise in science/history museums, aquariums, libraries or zoos. Attendance at a three- to four-hour meeting on June 15 is required. Send resume and letter of interest to grantsandprojects@hocoarts.org. Information: hocoarts.org.

Theater rental

The Howard County Arts Council has announced the availability of the Black Box Theatre for rental. It is a 98-seat multipurpose performance space and is equipped with professional sound and lighting equipment, nearby dressing rooms, padded seats, black stage curtains and a sprung dance floor. A performance grand piano is also available for rental through a separate agreement with the Howard County Music Teachers Association. All renters of the theater are required to carry a commercial liability insurance policy of $1 million. Other requirements and rental request forms and rates can be found at hocoarts.org. Rental request forms should be mailed to Room Rentals at the Howard County Arts Council, 8510 High Ridge Road, Ellicott City, 21043.

Celebration

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 theater 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 seatyourself.biz/rhhs.

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 columbiafoundation.org.

Seeking committee members

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

Boating season

The Department of Recreation and 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 because of 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 howardcountymd.gov/rap.

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