Howard County Briefs

May 04, 2012

Wine fest volunteers

The Department of Recreation and Parks is accepting applications from individuals 21 and older who are interested in volunteering at the annual "Wine in the Woods Festival" being held Saturday-Sunday, May 19-20, at Symphony Woods in Columbia. In exchange for a four-hour shift, volunteers will receive an admission ticket redeemable for either day of the festival. There are two shifts each day. To sign up and for more information, call 410-313-4624 or go to

Farmers' markets

Local and regional farmers will provide fruits, vegetables, meats, dairy, eggs and baked goods at farmers' markets in the area.

•Howard County Library, Miller branch, 9421 Frederick Road, Ellicott City. 2 p.m.-6 p.m. Wednesdays, May 9-Oct. 31.

•Howard County Library, East Columbia branch, 6600 Cradlerock Way, Columbia. 2 p.m.- 6 p.m. Thursdays, May 10-Nov. 15.

•Howard County General Hospital, 5755 Cedar Lane, Columbia. 2 p.m.- 6 p.m. Fridays, May 11-Oct. 26.

•Howard County Library, Glenwood branch, 2350 Route 97. 9 a.m.- 12:30 p.m. Saturdays, May 12-Nov. 17.

•Oakland Mills Village Center, 5851 Oliver Place, Columbia. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Sundays, May 13-Nov. 18.


Teen self-esteem program

The Empowerment Movement sponsors "I AM! an Exhibit of Self-esteem" performance and reception from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. May 20 at the Columbia Association Art Center, 6100 Foreland Garth. Reception features poetry, visual arts, prose, music, and dance created by teens. Information: 410-997-0304.

'Wine in the Garden'

The Howard County Conservancy holds its annual "Wine in the Garden" party from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. May 24 at 10520 Old Frederick Road. Guests can enjoy wine and foods from local restaurants and caterers while listening to bluegrass music in the conservancy's native plant garden. They will also be able to browse a large silent auction filled with artwork, getaways and other items. Tickets are $40 in advance, $50 after May 20. Information: 410-465-8877 or

Hope Gala is June 2

Tickets are on sale for the Domestic Violence Center's fundraising event, the Hope Gala, being held from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. June 2 at the Robinson Nature Center, 6692 Cedar Lane in Columbia. This year's gala honors County Executive Ken Ulman for his leadership on addressing intimate partner violence and sexual assault and his commitment to family and victim services. In addition to dinner, the event features a live jazz band, silent auction and "Spirits to Sparkle" raffle. Tickets are $125 per person and may be purchased at Information: 410-997-0304 or

Lunchtime concerts

The Columbia Association presents its Lakefront Wednesdays Lunchtime Concert Series featuring local musicians performing rock, folk, jazz, flamenco and reggae. The series continues May 9 with Damon Foreman performing from noon to 2 p.m. Also, each week concertgoers can enter a raffle for prizes. Information: 410-715-3104.

Voter registration

The American Association of University Women will hold a voter registration drive from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 19 at Howard County Library's central facility, 10375 Little Patuxent Parkway in Columbia. Bring friends, spouses, and 18-year-old children and grandchildren. Information:

Art exhibition, sale

The Maryland Art League hosts an exhibit and sale of original paintings and photographs through May 17 at the Howard County Conservancy Gallery, 10520 Old Frederick Road in Woodstock. Gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays. Admission is free. Information:

Donations needed

Books, records, DVDs, CDs and videos are needed for the annual media and book sale at Shepherd of the Glen Lutheran Church, 14551 Burntwoods Road in Glenwood, on Sept. 13-15. Donations may be placed on a bench near the side door off the parking lot. (No encyclopedias, National Geographic magazines or Reader's Digest condensed books, please.) Information: 410-442-2475.

Camp volunteers

The Howard County Arts Council is accepting applications for camp volunteers (unpaid) for this year's Visual and Performing Arts Summer Camps. Applications are available for download on the council's website,

Duties include preparing classrooms and materials for the day's activities, supervising campers in art-related activities as directed by the classroom instructor, and monitoring campers during breaks, lunch, etc. There is at least one volunteer per class. Volunteers must be at least 15 years old by Sept. 1.

Camps are will be held from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. June 25-Aug. 17 and before- and after-care are offered 8 a.m.-9 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.-6 p.m. Opportunities may be available to work extended hours during before- and after-care.

Call for artists

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