Howard County Briefs

January 06, 2012

Partner violence

St. John Baptist Church will host a forum on partner violence from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 14, at 9055 Tamar Drive in Columbia. This free program will provide insights and resource information on this public health problem. Denise McCain, host of WHUR radio show "Sighlent Storm," will serve as moderator for a panel that includes survivors and representatives from the Domestic Violence Center and the Howard County Police Department.

Information: 410-997-0304 or go to

Practice SAT

Registration is under way for a practice SAT being held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11, at Vantage House, 5400 Vantage Point Road in Columbia. The American Association of University Women is sponsoring this event to promote higher education for middle and high school students for a donation of $15 for the practice SAT and a follow-up strategy session from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 3. Princeton Review will conduct the sessions, with all proceeds going to the association's philanthropic funds. Refreshments will be served. Registration required. Limited seating. Register online at or call 800-273-8439. Bring a check made out to AAUW Howard County on the morning of the test or mail it before Feb. 4 to Jennifer Ingram, 5570 Vantage Point Road, Unit 1, Columbia 21044.

Art classes

Registration is under way for visual and performing arts winter programs at the Howard County Center for the Arts in Ellicott City. Programs begin the week of Jan. 23 and run six to eight weeks. Youth classes, ages 5-12, are open for enrollment and include Saturday Art Studio and Read Through Theatre. Home school class titles include Africa: Art & Stories. Offerings for adult and teens, 14 and older, include watercolor basics, bookmaking basics and introduction to drawing and composition. Weekly drop-in sessions for drawing and painting from portrait and life models are also taking place. For registration and information, call 410-313-2787 or go to

Open house

St. Louis School, 12500 Clarksville Pike in Clarksville, will host a Pre K/Kindergarten Open House from 10:30 a.m. to noon Monday, Jan. 16. For information, call 410-531-6040 or go to

GreenFest vendors

Vendor applications are being accepted for the annual GreenFest held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 14 at Howard Community College's Burrill Galleria, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway in Columbia. Vendors and exhibitors with information on green products, ecological home cleaning and lawn care, alternative energy, water conservation and reuse, and tips for greening everyday activities are encouraged to apply. Other topics of interest include energy efficiency, green buildings, green consumer products, green landscaping, wildlife exploration, children's activities and information on local green organizations.

Each exhibit space includes a 5-foot table and two chairs. Cost to nonprofits is $25 per space, $35 to others. An additional $10 will be charged to those who apply after Friday, Jan. 13. Preference will be given to local businesses and organizations that promote environmentally friendly goods and services. Applications are available at

For information and/or to have an application mailed, call event coordinator Lindsay DeMarzo at 410-313-4374 or email her at

Food drive

Fire stations in the area will serve as drop-off sites for nonperishable donations to the Howard County Food Bank through Friday, Jan. 13. Information: 410-313-6440.

Film series

Tickets are available for the Columbia Jewish Congregation's annual film series, beginning Jan. 21 with "For My Father." All screenings take place at the Columbia Jewish Congregation, 5885 Robert Oliver Place, Room 200. Tickets are $30 for the four-film series, $24 for three, or $17 for two showings. Single tickets will be available at the door for $9. Doors open at 7:30 p.m.; screenings begin at 8 p.m. Refreshments and post-film discussion included. Information: 410-381-4809, 410-997-0694 or

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

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