Howard County Briefs

July 15, 2011

Public forum

County Executive Ken Ulman holds his annual public forum at 7 p.m. Monday, July 25, at the North Laurel Community Center, 9411 Whiskey Bottom Road. Residents will have an opportunity to ask him questions, make comments or offer suggestions on any topic they choose. He will be joined county department heads. Sign up for those who wish to speak begins at 6:30 p.m. Questions or comments are limited to two minutes. All are welcome.

Gallery announcement

Slayton House Gallery has been renamed the Bernice Kish Gallery at Slayton House in honor of the recently retired gallery director. Carole Black will take over the position of director. Applications for the gallery's screening committee are currently being accepted. For an application, go to Send completed forms to: Bernice Kish Gallery at Slayton House, 10400 Cross Fox Lane, Columbia, 21044. Deadline is Sept. 1.

Donations wanted

Donations of books, records, DVDs, CDs, videos, etc., are needed for the annual media sale at Shepherd of the Glen Lutheran Church, 14551 Burntwoods Road in Glenwood. Items can be left inside the church and on the plastic bench next to the side door of the building. Tax forms available. Information: 410-442-2475.

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 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 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 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. The 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 2 p.m. today at 508 Main St. in Laurel. 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.


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