Howard County Briefs

July 08, 2011

Housing program

Howard County Housing is accepting applications for the July open enrollment period for the county's Moderate Income Housing Unit program. Enrollment period ends Friday, July 29. The program is an inclusionary zoning program that requires developers of new housing in certain zoning districts to sell or rent some of the new dwelling units to households of moderate income. The program offers quality new homes at reduced sale prices and rents to income eligible families. The department will also hold a free "MIHU Buyers and Renters Workshop" from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 19 in the Gateway Building, 6751 Columbia Gateway Drive in Columbia. The workshop, free and open to the public, will explain the program's eligibility requirements and application process for prospective homebuyers and renters. To purchase an MIHU home, individuals must apply during an open enrollment period in order to be placed on a waiting list. Applicant's household income may not exceed 80 percent of Howard County's median income, which as of Jan. 1 is $101,940 for a family of four.

Information: 410-313-6497.

Teen advisory committees

The Columbia Association is recruiting youth, ages 11-19, to become members of its Middle School and Teen Advisory Committees. Association is looking for teens who want to make a difference, get involved in their community and be a part of the solution. As members of the committee, teens can create and implement events and programs for their peers. Past activities have included the Teen Idol Competition, Teen Role Model Competition, Battle of the Dance, charity fundraisers, Teen Tuesdays concerts at the lakefront, a free college fair, Save the Planet Day and more.

Information: 410-715-5523.

Art camps

The Columbia Art Center offers a camp for grades 1-8, through Aug. 19 at 6100 Foreland Garth. Children will experience printmaking, painting, sculpture, collage, drawing, working with clay and more. Artists will teach campers how to experiment with colors, textures and media in a variety of theme-based projects as they go from studio to studio. Camp also includes Zumba dancing and swimming. Camp is offered in one and two week sessions: Cost for the one-week sessions are $235 for residents and $275 for non-residents. Two-week sessions are $405 and $475.

Information: 410-730-0075 or go to

Gardening volunteers

The Howard County Conservancy seeks Wednesday morning drop-in gardening volunteers to help maintain thematic and native plant gardens on the property. All levels of experience are welcome. Call Chris Garbart at 410-465-8877 or email him at

Summer theater

The Laurel Mill Playhouse presents "Twelfth Night" by its Summer Youth Shakespeare Theatre at 508 Main St. in Laurel. Show continues through Sunday, July 17, with 8 p.m. performances Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. matinees on Sunday, July 10 and 17. Tickets are $13, $10 for students and seniors. For reservations and more information, call 301-617-9906, ext. 2 or go to

Disaster information sessions

The Volunteer Center Serving Howard County hosts monthly disaster volunteer information and orientation sessions to inform community members on how to plan, prepare and effectively serve in times of disaster to improve community preparedness and resiliency. Sessions will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 26; Thursday, Aug. 18; and Wednesday, Sept. 7, at Columbia

Association Headquarters, 10221 Wincopin Circle in Columbia. To register and more information, call 410-715-3179.


A Howard County construction project to replace a water main along Ducketts Lane, between U.S. 1 and Kyle Leaf Court in Elkridge, is underway. The project will include the installation of approximately 14,000 linear feet of PVC pipe. Construction will take place weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. with a minimal effect on traffic in the area. Signs will be in place to advise motorists. Weather permitting, project should be completed by late September. Information: 410-313-3440.


The Howard County Office of Children's Services will present a series of workshops for parents and guardians raising children from birth to age 8. Topics include child development, encouraging self-esteem and good behavior, positive guidance and discipline, and how to keep children safe and healthy. Classes are offered in an interactive group format and will include practical tips and advice for common situations, as well as hands-on activities. Interested persons can take just one class or the entire series of six. Each class is $5 and will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. every other Tuesday through August 23 at the North Laurel Savage MultiService Center, 9900 Washington Blvd. in Laurel. To register and more information, call 410-313-1940.

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