Howard County Briefs

March 08, 2013


Auditions for men and women 18 and older will be held at 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 March 11-April 18. Hours are 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Wednesday-Saturdays. Information: 410-465-8877

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 Friday, March 15.

'Keeping Faith'

Mark Scharf's comedy running March 15-16 at Laurel Mill Playhouse is about what do parents do to stop their 18-year-old daughter from marrying a 45-year-old man. Shows at 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday, March 17 at 508 Main St. in Laurel. Tickets are $15; $12 for seniors, students 18 and younger and active duty military. Information: 301-617-9906.


Boy Scout Troop 851 sponsors "Building Self Esteem in Our Children and Ourselves," an interactive workshop, conducted by Yisroel Roll at 7:15 p.m. Monday, March 18, at First Evangelical Lutheran Church, 3604 Chatham Road in Ellicott City. Workshop will teach participants practical strategies and techniques to motivate children for academic and social success. Space is limited. To reserve a seat, send a $10 nonrefundable check to BSA Troop 851, 3910 Chatham Road, Ellicott City, 21042. Cake and coffee will be served following the workshop. Information: 410-465-2977.

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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