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Glenwood/Glenelg/Dayton: Help make Glenelg High's after-prom party a successful, safe alternative

Glenelg High School will hold its prom April 28. Prom is a night of celebration for the students — a time to reflect on their high school career and time with friends. As seniors prepare to graduate and move on in different directions, this is a time for them to celebrate their high school friendships.

Prom is also a time for many decisions by the students: what to wear, where to eat and how to get there to name a few. Often the choices are limited by money and available options.

Another decision is how students will spend their time after the prom is over. To that end, the Glenelg High School PTSA has sponsored an after-prom event for the past several years, providing an inexpensive and safe alternative to some of the other choices students may make.

Last year more than 250 students enjoyed the event, which is open to all Glenelg High seniors and juniors (and their dates), whether or not they attend the prom. Last year's event cost more than $7,000 in activities, food and entertainment. In addition, there were more than $5,000 worth of donated prizes given away throughout the night. Plans for this year's event are underway and there is sure to be plenty of safe, supervised fun for the students.

In order to help make this evening a success, the PTSA is looking for the help and support of the community. If you would like to offer your support to make this a successful event, email Bose Abu at boseghsptsa@gmail.com.

Do you have a new young driver in your household? You may be interested in Collision Avoidance Training classes conducted by the Howard County Policy Department. Collision Avoidance Training is a defensive driving and vehicle control program designed for teens and adapted from law enforcement training. The class is appropriate for newly licensed drivers, ages 16-19, who want more specialized experience in evasive maneuvers, emergency braking, backing, skid recovery and more.

The two-day training features a Friday evening of classroom lessons (from 6-9 p.m.), followed by behind-the-wheel training on Saturday (from 7:45 a.m. to 2 p.m.). The classroom portion of the program gives students a better understanding of why the vehicle responds the way it does and prepares them for the behind-the-wheel exercise on the driving course.

The behind-the-wheel training course provides practical exercises that demonstrate how the vehicle responds in a given situation or how to regain control of the vehicle once it is out of control. The driving skills addressed in the program are: evasive maneuvers, threshold/emergency braking, forward serpentine, cornering, backing, reverse serpentine, and skid and off-road recovery.

The training takes place at the James N. Robey Public Safety Training Center, in Marriotsville. Students must have their own vehicle for the training. The cost for the class is $95.

For more information or to register, please call 410-313- 3758. Training classes are currently scheduled monthly through the end of the year. The next class will take place April 20-21.

The Howard County Bird Club will hold their April meeting on April 12 at the Robinson Nature Center, 6692 Cedar Lane in Columbia. Doors open at 7:15 p.m. and the meeting will begin at 8 p.m. It will focus on the "Wonderful World of Bats: Why We Should Make Every Effort to Conserve Them."

Nina Fascione, excecutive director of Bat Conservation International will be the guest speaker. She will discuss the essential role bats play in the world's ecosystems and the many threats they face today. For additional information regarding the Howard County Bird Club and their programs, call Ward Ebert at 301-490-5807.

The Frederick Chapter of the Hearing Loss Association of America will meet Saturday, April 7 at 10 a.m. at the Edenton Retirement Community Manor House, 5800 Genesis Lane, in Frederick.

The focus of the program will be a round table discussion by attendees talking about how each person copes with hearing loss, things that work / help the hearing impaired, how long each person has experienced hearing loss, and where to go from here, now that you have received a hearing loss diagnosis.

Hearing Loss Association of America is a national nonprofit organization advocating for those with hearing loss, through information, education, advocacy and support. It is devoted to the interest of those who cannot hear well. The Frederick Chapter serves mid-Maryland and everyone is welcome. Your decision to do something about your hearing could very well begin with attendance at this meeting.

County Executive Ken Ulman invites the community to Howard County's fifth annual GreenFest April 14 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Howard Community College. Sponsored by the Departments of Recreation and Parks, Planning and Zoning and the Bureau of Environmental Services, this free family event celebrates Earth Month.

The theme for this year's GreenFest is "Saving the Environment One Yard at a Time." The day will feature displays to provide citizens with practical information for making choices to lead a more ecologically sound lifestyle – both at home and the office.

The festival will also feature exhibits from community groups that focus on environmental awareness, including the Howard County Bird Club, Robinson Nature Center, Howard Astronomical League, Howard County Forestry Board, Howard County Conservancy, Sierra Club, Middle Patuxent Environmental Area, Master Gardeners and the Howard County Climate Change Initiative, just to name a few.

There will be a rain barrel workshop and participants will be able to take home a barrel for free. Sign up in advance for this workshop at http://www.hcgreenfest.org. Other activities include a nature walk on the campus nature trail and a herp search as part of the Maryland Amphibian and Reptile Atlas. There will be sign-ups for tours of the Elkridge recycling facility and many free giveaways. The Mid-Atlantic Turtle and Tortoise Society will have live reptiles and the Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center will display live raptors.

Several children's activities are planned to help them learn more about the environment and nature. In addition, free document shredding will be available in the parking lot from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. along with a Goodwill donation truck and a truck for electronics recycling. For more information on the event and the schedule of activities, go to http://www.hcgreenfest.org.

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