Howard County Briefs

March 01, 2013


Wilde Lake High School's theater department will present the musical based on the Gospel of Matthew at 7 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, March 7-9, at the Jim Rouse Theatre, 5460 Trumpeter Road in Columbia. Tickets are $12. Information: 410-313-6965.

'The Producers'

Silhouette Stages' presents Mel Brooks' comedy on stage through Sunday, March 10, at Slayton House, 10400 Cross Fox Lane in Columbia. Shows at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 10; 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, March 7-9. For tickets and more information, call 410-730-3987.


Auditions for men and women 18 and older will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 9 and 5:30 p.m. Sunday, March 10, at Laurel Mill Playhouse, 508 Main St. Be prepared to sing 20 bars from a Broadway style show, accompanist provided or bring CD. Bring head shots and resume as well as conflicts. No appointments necessary. No roles are precast. Show runs May 17-Jun. 9 Fridays-Saturdays and selected Sundays. Rehearsals one evening a week and Saturdays. Information: 301-452-2557.

Art exhibition and sale

The Maryland Art League will hold an exhibit and sale of original paintings and photographs at the Howard County Conservancy, 10520 Old Frederick Road in Woodstock. The exhibit, "The Art of Conservancy," runs from March 11 through April 18. Hours are 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Wednesday-Saturdays. Information: 410-465-8877

Community forum

In response to the school shootings in Connecticut, the Jewish Federation of Howard County will host a forum with Howard County Police Chief William McMahon to discuss the county's emergency preparedness plans and processes. The forum will be held at 8 p.m. March 12 at Beth Shalom Synagogue, 8070 Harriet Tubman Lane. Information: 410-730-4976.

Nominations sought

The Arc of Howard County is seeking nominations for its annual Celebration of Excellence Awards, honoring individuals and groups promoting The Arc's mission of achieving full community life for children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Six categories of achievement will be recognized at The Arc's annual meeting May 8: employment, schools, professional services, community, public service and self-advocacy. Forms are available by contacting Cathy Hiett at 410-730-0638, ext. 242 or Nominations are due by March 15.

Arts gala

The Howard County Arts Council presents its 16th annual Celebration of the Arts in Howard County from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, March 23, at Howard Community College's Horowitz Visual and Performing Arts Center, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway in Columbia. Kathleen Hetherington, president of the college, will serve as honorary chairwoman and Richard Story, senior vice president for marketing of JPB Enterprises Inc., will be the emcee.

Rising Star finalists MaryLee Adams, Mary Matthews, Melissa Wertheimer, James Ginnever, Rebecca Hargrove, Margaret Kudirka, Shawn Naar, Woobin Park, Margo Seibert, Tian Lu, Yuri Shadrin and Jennifer Sung will perform. Tickets are available at or by calling 410-313-2787.

The council needs volunteers to help with the reception, raffle, performance, silent auction, logistics and setup for the celebration. For more information, call 410-313-2787 or go to

Scholarship opportunities

Special Olympics will award the Jackie Burk Memorial Award, Allan Homes Award and Kathy Lindner Memorial Award to three outstanding high school seniors and/or college students who have been committed to the Special Olympics program as volunteers and advocates for the athletes. Go to for requirements and application information. The deadline for applications is March 31. Information: or call 410-740-0500.

Recycle bedding

The Department of Public Works has announced that residents may drop off mattresses and box springs of all sizes at the Alpha Ridge Landfill in Marriottsville for recycling. Items must be dry, and residents are responsible for unloading their vehicles.

Residents may still schedule mattresses and box springs for bulk trash pickup by calling 410-313-6444; however, they are encouraged to bring these items to the landfill for recycling. The Alpha Ridge Landfill is at 2350 Marriottsville Road and is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays. Information:

Free tax help

Appointments for income tax preparation for county residents are being taken at county senior centers. Electronic filing is available at no charge. Service is available to middle- and low-income taxpayers, with an emphasis on those 60 and older. Clients should bring 2011 federal and Maryland tax returns and 2012 tax records to the appointment. Self-employment returns with more than $5,000 in expenses and very complex returns are not eligible. Evening and weekend appointments are available at some sites.

To schedule an appointment, call:

•The Bain Center: 410-313-7387.

•Ellicott City Senior Center: 410-313-1400.

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