Howard County Briefs

January 20, 2012

Tax assistance site

The county's first Volunteer Income Tax Assistance office has opened at the North Laurel Community Center, 9411 Whiskey Bottom Road, and will remain in operation throughout the tax season. Site offers free tax assistance preparation and free electronic filing to most taxpayers who earned up to $49,000 last year. Hours are 4 p.m.-8 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays, and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays. For appointments and more information, call 410-313-0386 or go to This year's tax deadline is April 17.


The Howard County Office on Aging seeks senior singers to represent the county in the Maryland State Senior Idol Competition taking place on April 4. Auditions will be held from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 1, at the Bain Center, 5470 Ruth Keeton Way in Columbia and Thursday, Feb. 2, at the Ellicott City Senior Center, 9401 Frederick Road. For more information, call Vicki Stahly at 410-313-1421.


Training classes for new volunteers who would like to work at the Laurel Museum as guides or in the gift shop once a month from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Sundays or twice a month from 10 a.m. to noon or noon to 2 p.m. on Wednesday or Friday will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 29, and 10 a.m. Feb. 1 and Feb. 3 at 817 Main St. Information: 301-776-5229 or go to

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.

•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.

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

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