Howard County Briefs

October 28, 2011

Musical comedy

Silhouette Stages presents this Tony Award-winning musical comedy through Saturday, Nov. 5, at Slayton House, 10400 Cross Fox Lane in Columbia. Shows at 3 p.m. today and 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday. Tickets are $18; $15 for seniors and students. Reservations and more information: 410-637-5289 or

Student exchange program

The Columbia Association will offer information sessions for parents and teens about the 2012 Sister Cities High School Student International Exchange Program from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 2; Tuesday, Nov. 15; Wednesday, Dec. 7; and Thursday, Dec. 15, at 10221 Wincopin Circle in Columbia.

Laura Smit, program manager for the association's exchange programs, will speak and answer questions about the monthlong July program, which consists of two weeks of cultural and linguistic immersion in one of Columbia's sister cities, Cergy-Pontoise, France, or Tres Cantos, Spain, where students will be hosted by the family of a French or Spanish student. After returning to the U.S., students and their parents will host their French or Spanish counterpart for two weeks.

Registration fee is $650 for Columbia residents and $790 for non-Columbia residents. Airline tickets may range from $1,100 to $1,500 per person. Applicants must be high school students living in Howard County and have completed high school level two of French or Spanish by the end of the academic year or have the equivalent language fluency. Deadline for applications is Feb. 17.

Information: Laura Smit at 410-715-3162 or

Art exhibits

The Howard County Arts Council presents two new exhibits in the galleries at the Howard County Center for the Arts, 8510 High Ridge Road in Ellicott City.

Gallery I features the multi-media exhibit "Art HoCo 2011," with more than 40 works by 18 Howard County artists. Gallery II features works by Tracey Clarke and Sarah Wegner titled "Modern Mythologies." Exhibits open Friday and run through Dec. 16. A reception with music and light refreshments will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 11 and is open to the public.

Hours are noon-4 p.m. Sundays; 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Mondays-Fridays and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays. Information: 410-313-2787 or

'Taste of Laurel'

Annual event takes place from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 6, at the Laurel Historical Society, 817 Main St. Available will be samples of foods from local restaurants in the Laurel area. Participating restaurants include Cakes by Adrianne, Keith Foods, Soretti's, Toucan Taco and others. Free. Information: 301-725-7975 or go to

Driving classes

Collision avoidance training will be held Friday-Saturday, Nov. 18-19 and Dec. 9-10, at the James N. Robey Public Safety Training Center, 2200 Scott Wheeler Drive in Marriottsville.

This is a defensive driving and vehicle control program for teens who need specialized experience in evasive maneuvers, emergency braking, backing and skid recovery. Classroom lessons are held on Friday followed by behind-the-wheel training on Saturday.

The training is for ages 16-19, and students must bring their own cars. Cost is $95, and space is limited. To register or for more information, call 410-313-3758.

AD/HD Awareness Event

Howard County Public Schools and CHADD of Greater Baltimore will hold a free program for parents and educators from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 3, at Howard High School, 8700 Old Annapolis Road in Ellicott City.

Debbie Phelps, principal of Windsor Mill Middle School in Baltimore County, will share tips for helping children and teens with attention-deficit disorders and other learning difficulties. Also, Phelps' book, "A Mother for All Seasons," will be available for purchase and signing. Admission. Information: 410-313-1252.

Family supper

Linden Linthicum United Methodist Church will hold its annual Ham & Oyster Supper from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday Nov. 5, at the church, 12101 Linden Linthicum Lane in Clarksville.

The event includes all-you-can-eat dinner, a craft bazaar, bake sale and book sale. The menu includes fried oysters, ham, potato salad, succotash, rolls, jelly, relishes, iced tea and coffee. A children's menu is also available.

Tickets are $16 in advance; $18 at the door and $5 for children 10 and younger. Tickets and information: 410-531-5653 or order online at

Clothing drive

The Columbia Teen Center's Teen Outreach Committee is sponsoring its annual clothing drive to collect items for individuals and families in need. Donations may be dropped off at the center, 5853 Robert Oliver Place, through Nov. 30.

For more information, call 410-992-3726 or e-mail

Scholarships available

The Howard County Arts Council's 2012 arts scholarship application is available to high school seniors planning to pursue an arts degree. This year, the arts council will award a minimum of $10,000 to students entering college in the 2012-2013 academic year.

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