Howard County Briefs

November 04, 2011

Free turkeys

The Community Action Council sponsors a Thanksgiving turkey distribution for eligible county families beginning at 10:30 a.m.. Tuesday, Nov. 22, at St. John Baptist Church, 9055 Tamar Drive in Columbia. To be eligible, families must have received assistance from the council during the past year and should call 410-313-6440.

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. 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 international@columbiaassociation.com.

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 runs 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 hocoarts.org.

"Earth, Water and Sky" Exhibit of landscape artwork by Deborah Maklowski and Barbara Steinacker runs through Dec. 2, at Artists' Gallery, American City Building, 10227 Wincopin Circle in Columbia. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays and 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays. Closed Sundays. Gallery is also open by appointment. Information: 410-740-8249 or artistsgallerycolumbia.com.

Driving classes

Collision avoidance training will be held Friday and 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.

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 Rene.Buckmon@ColumbiaAssociation.com.

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.

Scholarships must be used for enrollment in an accredited college program for a degree in the arts. Awards will be made in the minimum amount of $1,000 and may be used only for tuition and fees.

Applications will be reviewed by the council's scholarship panel, and criteria will include artistic merit, demonstrated knowledge of an artistic discipline, commitment to a career in the arts and past academic success. Applicants must be county residents and will be notified of the committee's decision in March. Applications must be postmarked or hand-delivered by Dec.15.

For applications and more information, call 410-313-2787, hocoarts.org or e mail info@hocoarts.org.

Support groups

National Alliance on Mental Illness of Howard County offers several support groups each month. Sessions include groups for family and friends of adults with a mental illness, groups for parents of school-age children with mental health issues, a group for young adults (18-30) living with a mental illness and a weekly group for adults of any age living with a mental illness. For times and locations, call 410-772-9300 or go to nami.org/sites/namihowardcounty.

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