Howard County Briefs

March 22, 2013

Ballet auditions

Ballet Mobile will hold open auditions at 1:30 p.m. April 6 at the Howard County Center for the Arts dance studio, 8510 High Ridge Road in Ellicott City. Dancers ages 10-60 are welcome. Information: 410-382-1377.

Benefit

The Janet Lynn Dick Race/Walk for Life, hosted by and to benefit the Laurel Pregnancy Center, will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. April 6 at Centennial Park, 10000 Route 108 in Ellicott City. To register and more information, call 301-776-9997.

Scholarship opportunities

Special Olympics will award the Jackie Burk Memorial Award, Allan Homes Award and Kathy Lindner Memorial Award to three 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 somdhc.org/volunteer for requirements and application information. Deadline for applications is Sunday, March 31. Information: info@somdhc.org or call 410-740-0500.

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 through April 18. Hours are 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Wednesday-Saturdays. Information: 410-465-8877 marylandartleague.com.

Camp volunteers

The Howard County Arts Council is accepting applications for volunteers for its Visual and Performing Arts Summer Camps. Applications can be downloaded from the "Getting Involved" page of HCAC's website at hocoarts.org. Duties of the unpaid position include preparing classrooms and materials for the day's activities, supervising campers in art-related activities and monitoring campers during breaks, lunch times, etc. Volunteers must be 15 years of age by Sept. 1. Camps will be held from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. June 24-August 16. Hours for volunteers vary.

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: howardcountyrecycles.org.

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.

•Glenwood Community Center: 410-313-5440.

•East Columbia Senior Center: 410-313-7680.

•North Laurel Community Center: 410-313-0380.

•Elkridge Senior Center: 410-313-5192.

Calling all artists

The Bernice Kish Gallery at Slayton House is accepting applications for artists to exhibit in 2014. Applications will be reviewed in the spring for artists to exhibit next year. The deadline to apply is June 1. For applications, go to wildelake.org/events. Send completed applications to: Carole Black, Gallery Director, Bernice Kish Gallery at Slayton House, 10400 Cross Fox Lane, Columbia 21044 or email cjblack@columbiavillages.org.

Vendors wanted

Vendor applications are being accepted for the county's sixth annual GreenFest, to be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 13 at Howard Community College's Burrill Galleria, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway in Columbia. Vendors and exhibitors with information on green products, options for resident involvement in helping the community go green, ecological home cleaning, environmentally friendly lawn care, alternative energy, water conservation and reuse, and tips for making everyday activities green are encouraged to apply. Each exhibit space includes a 5-foot table and two chairs. The cost to nonprofits is $25 per space; cost to other entities, including commercial businesses, is $35 per space. Preference will be given to businesses and organizations that promote environmentally friendly goods and services. Vendor applications are available at hcgreenfest.org. For information or to have an application mailed, email awilcom@howardcountymd.gov or call 410-313-6433.

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