Howard County Briefs

January 13, 2012

Call for artists

The Bernice Kish Gallery at Slayton House is accepting applications for artists to exhibit in the galleries for the 2013 season. The Gallery Screening Committee will begin reviewing applications in the spring. Deadline for applications is June 1. For applications and more information, go to Mail applications to gallery director Carole Black at Bernice Kish Gallery, Slayton House, 10400 Cross Fox Lane, Columbia, 21044; or send email to


The public school system's Office of Early Childhood Programs and the Transition to Kindergarten Workgroup will host a series of workshops for parents with children who will be 5 by Sept. 1 and will enter kindergarten in the fall. No registration is required; sessions are free and child care for children two and older will be provided at some locations.

•Thursday, Jan. 19, 6:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. at Howard High School, 8700 Old Annapolis Road, Ellicott City (child care available).

•Monday, Jan. 23, 9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. at Wilde Lake High School, 5460 Trumpeter Road, Columbia (child care available).

•Wednesday, Jan. 25, 6:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. at River Hill High School, 12101 Route 108, Clarksville.

•Wednesday, Feb. 1, 6:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. at Marriotts Ridge High School, 12100 Route 99, Marriottsville.

•Monday, Feb. 6, 6:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. at Hammond Middle School, 8110 Aladdin Drive, Laurel (child care available).

Parents need only to attend one session. Information:

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; the cost is $15 for the practice SAT and a follow-up strategy session from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. 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. 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 next week and run six to eight weeks. Youth classes for 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 and kindergarten open house from 10:30 a.m. to noon Monday. For information, call 410-531-6040 or go to

GreenFest vendors

Vendor applications are being accepted for the annual GreenFest, to be 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 for others. An additional $10 late-application fee now also applies. Preference will be given to local businesses and organizations that promote environmentally friendly goods and services. Applications are available at Information and applications: Lindsay DeMarzo, 410-313-4374 or

Film series

Tickets are available for the Columbia Jewish Congregation's annual film series, beginning Saturday, 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

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