Howard County Briefs

March 02, 2012

Film series

Tickets are available for the Columbia Jewish Congregation's annual film series, continuing Saturday, March 10, with "A Hebrew Lesson." All screenings take place at the Columbia Jewish Congregation, 5885 Robert Oliver Place, Room 200. Tickets are $24 for the remaining two films, 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

Cancer fund seeks exhibitors

The Children's Cancer Foundation Inc., a local nonprofit that awards grants to fight childhood cancer, is seeking exhibitors for its annual "Child-Fest," held 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, May 5, at Reservoir High School in Fulton. For more information on being an exhibitor, call Diane Perry at 410-486-4744 or email her at

"Healthy Food in Our Schools"

The Howard County Conservancy presents the former director of food and nutrition for the Baltimore City school system and nationwide childhood nutrition consultant, Anthony Geraci, at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 15, at 10520 Old Frederick Road in Woodstock. Geraci's high-energy presentation encourages the nation's school systems to provide fresh and local foods to children every day. Points of interest: What are our kids choosing to eat today? What's happening to them as a result? How can we introduce and support healthy eating habits and menus? What does it take to change school cafeterias and home lunch boxes? Cost is $5 per family, free for all students. Information: 410-465-8877 or

Benefit concert

The Howard County chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness presents a benefit concert featuring the Fabulous Hubcaps at 8 p.m. Friday, March 23, at the Bridgeway Performing Arts Theatre, 9189 Red Branch Road in Columbia. Event begins with a silent auction at 7 p.m. Advance tickets are $25 and may be purchased by calling 410-772-9300 or going to Tickets are $30 the day of the concert.

Sports Hall of Fame

The Department of Recreation & Parks has made available nomination forms for its 2012 Community Sports Hall of Fame inductions. The hall recognizes individuals who have gained prominence in or made substantial contributions to community recreational sports in Howard County.

Athletes, coaches, managers, league officials or even behind-the-scenes contributors closely identified with community recreation sports can be nominated. In addition, nominees must be either county residents or made their sports contributions primarily in the county.

Nomination forms are available online at or by calling the department at 410-313-4711. Also, nominators must provide the nomination committee with an essay, limited to four double-spaced, typed pages, demonstrating the nominee's community sports background. All forms must be delivered or postmarked by Friday, April 13, to: Howard County Community Sports Hall of Fame, 7120 Oakland Mills Road, Columbia, 21046. Individuals chosen for this year's class will be inducted at the annual Celebration of Sports Ceremony on Oct. 16.

Musical production

Silhouette Stages presents "Avenue Q" at Slayton House Theatre, 10400 Cross Fox Lane, Columbia through March 11. Show times are 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday and 3 p.m. matinees on Sunday. Tickets are $18, $15 for seniors and students. Information:

Etiquette for children

The Etiquette School of Maryland is offering classes for boys and girls ages 8-12 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays this month at Howard Community College, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway in Columbia. Dates are March 10, 17 and 24. The program includes instruction on social etiquette, communication skills and table manners. Cost is $300. To register and more information, call 410-465-4969 or go to


Tickets are available for the annual "Celebration of the Arts in Howard County," March 24 at HCC's Horowitz Visual and Performing Arts Center, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway in Columbia. Tickets are $50 and $100. The event includes a reception from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., along with a silent auction of artwork by local artists, food from area restaurants and caterers, and live performances. For tickets and more information, call 410-313-2787 or go to

Softball registration

Registration is open for Howard County Youth Program's coming season for girls 6-17 years old. League is for girls, from beginners to experienced players. League play starts in early April. To register, or for more information, go to

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